Wow, have I been a bad blogger!
The New York Sheep & Wool Festival is moving quickly toward us on the horizon, and I am deep into preparing for it. So, rather than bore you with all the fibery activities I've been working on for the last 6+ months (which have actually, and surprisingly, have been rather substantial!), I thought I'd go ahead and start sharing some previews of new fibers and yarns you'll see at the Spirit Trail Fiberworks booth at NY ...
Some new fibers making their introduction at NY:
Once again, I have a glorious blend of Polwarth from the Falkland Islands blended with cashmere, baby camel, yak and baby alpaca. This fiber has been processed into a beautiful combed top rather than roving, because it's so fine it tends to get neppier than I like when it's carded at the Mill. It's really stunning this time around, and I have ALOT of it (rather than dye some of the Polwarth, I just threw the whole lot into this blend so as not to run out):
A brand new fiber, which is seriously to DIE for, is some Organic Merino Top I picked up from a farmer in France. Yeah, it's not rare and I know I focus on the rare breeds, but this stuff is beyond exquisite. When I reached into the bag to touch the sample the farmer sent me, I was simply astounded at its softness and loft. I'm not really a merino fan either because, well, there are so many other interesting breeds out there. I also tend to dislike how merino top spins, but this stuff, well. You have have spin it to believe it. It's incredible.
More Gulf Coast, this time in both white and a soft gray / brown. Very nice fiber, very rare breed. This is a lovely, relatively soft fiber with alot of loft and sheen reminiscent of the longwools. Very pretty, indeed.
That's all for now. Other fibers (both roving and combed top) are still in process. Stay tuned for more fibers and one (hopefully two) new yarns!
Parting Shot: the beautiful scarf I'm currently knitting in Nona (there is not alot of Nona currently in my shop because of the August Sale, but I have already dyed Nona in 36 colors for Rhinebeck!). It's the first pattern installment of Anne Hanson's Fall in Full Color Club (as of today, the Club is still open for pattern-only subscriptions ... and Anne's patterns are FANTASTIC), the Long Shadows scarf (which just so happens to be designed with Nona):