Hello Autumn!

OAQFF FIBRE BITS CLUB

It’s time for my autumn fibre bits club event.

  • First week of October, you will receive five packages of little fibre bits in various fall colourways; each package will contain 20 grams of hand-dyed combed top.
  • Total weight of the fibre in shipment is 100 grams.
  • You get to pick from an assortment of Bluefaced Leicester, Polwarth, or Cheviot combed top.
  • Included in the Fibre Bits Club shipment is a ORANGE and BLACK Turkish/support spindle; this is my design and it will have you creating turtles in no time.
    *Zoom meeting on October 14th at 5pm (pacific time) so we can meet each other and see how others are creating their yarn.
    Spin-a-long will start Oct 11th and run till the 15th, right after Thanksgiving in Canada. Use hashtag #helloautumn with a picture of your advent kit and spindle to have a chance of your name being drawn in a drawing on October 16th. The prize will be a custom dyed 112g braid of combed top.
    If you don’t know how to use a support spindle, let me know, and I’d be happy to teach you.

These fibre bits will allow you to spin up a colourful yarn that will be fantastic for mittens, hats, scarves and cowls. You can make some pretty coloured yarn by arranging the Bits the way you want them; so much fun!

Here is a picture of my spindle design. You can spin supported and wind on Turkish, allowing you to create beautiful turtles.

Cheers,

Keli

I Couldn’t Help It.

I had tried to dye combed top last summer with plants and plant extracts but found it too labour intensive for the amount of fibre I needed to sell and decided to end my experiments.

However, all that rational thought process disappeared when I saw Robin from sitsnspins on Instagram solar dyeing fibre yesterday. I had some combed top and plenty of dyers coreopsis, so I decided to solar dye some superwash merino/bamboo/nylon. Here is a video I created.

Solar Dyeing

I put an elastic band around to create a resistance as I will also overdye the combed top. Not sure with what yet. Here is picture of what the glass jars looked like this afternoon.

The bottom jar had a mixture of ground cochineal and nasturtiums. The top jar had fresh coreopsis on the bottom only.

Check back tomorrow night and see what they look like. I can’t wait either.

-Keli

tour de fleece 2022

You are four days into tour de fleece, and you find you can”t spend every moment in front of your wheel.

I want to hurry and get this post out to you so it gets right to the point. Try spinning with a support spindle as a passenger in a car or waiting for an appointment. I love support spindles because you don’t have to carry anything heavy or bulky. You also don’t have to stand to allow room for the spindle to fall as you spin the fibre.

Here is a free video you can download and start watching right now.

Happy spinning,

Keli

2022 Advent Fibre Bits Club

They are back for the third year in a row. Go to this link and pre-order one now; I have a limited amount available.

Perhaps you don’t know what advent fibre bits are all about. From December 1st to Dec 12th, you will open one package every day. They are packages that contain 20g of fibre and a little treat as well. You get to pick your yarn; this year, I have Polwarth, BFL, and Cheviot available. The colours I pick this year will centre around a theme, so you could make a large skein or spin each bundle individually into mini-skeins.

Go to my Instagram account (bottom of the website) and look up hashtag #adventfibrebits for previous year’s photos.

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Oh, wait. I want to mention that you don’t have to wait to receive my hand-dyed fibre bits till December. You can be a part of my monthly subscription and order a 112g braid of fibre today. You can also join in on the fun here.

Happy spinning!

-Keli