Saturday, 4 October 2014

The last post - please join us at the new website!

This will be my last post here - as Watercolours and Lace now has its own dedicated website, where future blog posts will be created!

You can now find all our products and related information at www.watercoloursandlace.co.uk, and the new blog page is here.

Thanks for your company over the last couple of years, and I hope to see you over at the new site soon.  I'll  leave the blog here as an archive, in case there's anything of interest.

Julie
xx


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Fibre-East Fun!

We had a great time at Fibre-East last weekend - warm, sunny weather and a lovely selection of stands meant lots of visitors.  It was our best show to date for sales, so a big thank you to everyone who came to see us.  It was a little too warm for most people to think about buying wool yarns, but we sold lots of silks and alpacas, ideal for summer accessories.

The new shawl design, Megan, went down very well and we sold lots of yarns and patterns for all my shawl designs, so looking forward to seeing those WIPs and FOs on Ravelry very soon.



Monday, 21 July 2014

Final Preparations for Fibre-East

Last batch of dyeing for Fibre East (being held in Ampthill, Beds this Saturday and Sunday 26-27 July) finished this morning - lots of skeins drying around the house now!! Just need to finish the plan of where the 30 types of yarn will go in our display and pack some kits for my new intro to lace design, Megan, which will be launched at the show.  This design can be knitted with 100g/400m of 4-ply/sock yarn - my sample was made in Alpaca 4-ply but it can also be knitted in my Merino, BFL and Alpaca-Silk 4-ply yarns.


Look forward to meeting lots of old friends and making some new ones over the weekend :)

Monday, 30 June 2014

Mohair Silk Lace - Change to Skein Length

Please note: the Mohair Silk yarn I have been selling (all dyelots starting MML) has been shown and marked as being 500m/50g, which was how it was described on the website of the spinners from whom it was bought. I noticed when I bought a batch of this yarn recently that it was now shown as being 420m/50g, and queried this change with the spinners.
They have now advised me that the previous length shown on their website was incorrect and that the yarn has in fact been the shorter length since 2012, which is when I first bought some, so any skeins purchased from me in the past will have been 420m/50g and are therefore marked incorrectly.
This does mean that my Abbey’s Shawl pattern can still be made with just one skein (minimum 47g) of Mohair Silk Lace.
If this reduction in length means it is no longer suitable for what you had in mind, I would be more than happy for you to return it to me for a full refund, so please do get in touch if this is the case.
Apologies for any confusion! I have voiced my frustration to the spinners!!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Coming up for air ....

I can't believe how long it's been since I posted anything here!  The last few months have been incredibly busy - having completed my botanical art diploma course, we went straight into yarn event season so the dyepots have been working overtime to keep up with the stock I need.

First off at the end of April was Wonderwool Wales - a great weekend in a wonderful part of the country. Met loads of customers, old and new, and really enjoyed the two-day event.  Also had the chance to visit some artist friends who live locally and whom we hadn't seen for a couple of years, so it was great to meet up and have a chat and a catch-up with them.

Then at the start of June we attended a small yarn market in Sheringham, Norfolk, arranged by the Museum to coincide with a display of ganseys (fishermen's sweaters) they had on show.  The organisers had worried that we'd only get a few seaside visitors popping in as they went past, but instead when they opened the doors at 10am on the Saturday there was a small army of people marching purposefully towards us!   Lots of locals, plus many people from further afield, all enjoying the fibre-related goodies on show.  They're hoping to run this again next year, so we hope to see everyone again then.

This week we're getting ready for Woolfest, which takes place in Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June.  I've bought some new dye colours to try out, so have been busy experimenting with these, and with some new yarns, so there'll be lots to see and buy.  These skeins are merino silk laceweight - love those new green shades!


I'll also have some new Shetland laceweight and alpaca/BFL 4-ply yarns available that I haven't shown before - there are some yummy colours in both of those!

Patterns will include the full version of the recent mystery knitalong shawl, Spring Equinox, and I'll have all four of my sample versions on display.  The pattern has been very popular on Ravelry and we had several new members joining our group to participate in the MKAL.  Some beautiful shawls were produced - check out the pattern page here to see a selection of them.  Here's one of my versions, knitted in Alpaca/Silk 4-ply with loads of beads:



Must close now and get on with labelling up those new yarns!  Hope to see you at Woolfest, or if not there then at Fibre-East in July, or The Handmade Fair or Yarndale in September.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Spring Equinox MKAL - Clue 1 now available

The first clue for the Spring Equinox MKAL has just been published - download it from Ravelry here.

Pattern costs just £2.00 until 6.00 pm GMT today, when it will increase to £3.50.  Do please join us on the Watercolours and Lace group on Ravelry to share your progress and see what the other group members are knitting.


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Loads of Lace Yarns!

Just listed a whole load of new laceweights on Etsy. Couple of mulberry silks, plus lots of baby alpaca and alpaca/silk laces, including a few of the natural dye collection. Any of these would be ideal for the Spring Equinox MKAL which starts on Friday 21 March.

Here's a selection: