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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

rich pickings

when I looked into the porch today, I found a giant box in it - my fibre order arrived from germany today! it's always great fun to unpack stuff like that - you can delve into fibre bag after fibre bag - and think about all the lovely things you can do with it all! it was hard work to carry it all out into the sunshine to take pix of it!
the first batch shows a huge cone with sock wool for dyeing, some ramie, dye stuff - lanaset dyes, some cream of tartar, hemp top (the beige stuff on the right in the back) and some yarns, one kg in grey superwash wool and silk - a pre-drafted yarn. the other one is a two-ply in viscose/silk in white. I already bought a kg of this some time ago, but it's quite heavy and I was afraid I might not have enough for the project I have planned (a vest in a dark, inky blue).
the large roll on the right is a carded woollen fleece, which Gabi from Wollpoldi dyed and carded - and gave to me:)) it was inspired by the naturally dyed and knit-felted bag "Bertra Beach" I did some time ago and I am looking forward to spinning this - though I still have to figure out how exactly I'll do this to make the most of the colours.
this shows the second batch (it looks quite small on the photo, in reality the table was full to overflowing with fibre bags:)) - one kg of akita fibre (chiengora - the name fits, it's supersoft and more like angora). 1 kg of superwash merino, 2 kg of south american wool top, also 1 kg bourette silk, 1 kg silk bricks, some polyamide, 1 kg baby alpaca (supersoft!), 1 kg mohair top, 150 silk hankies...
some of it is planned for birthday or christmas presents, some of it is for myself - and some of it was ordered just because it's nice:))
all in all it's about 18 kg of fibres and dyes - enough to keep me occupied for the winter months. which is a bit of a joke, because there are still heaps of fibres of all kinds stashed away in my room! but I wanted to make the most of the postage - and if it's the same for a little over 10 or nearly 20 kg - no question what I'll do about this:))
I am one happy bunny now - I also received a packet full of "adult licquorice" from a friend, so I am well cared for on all accounts!:)) I forgot to take a picture of two stitch markers I received - but they'll keep till the next entry.

12 comments:

Guzzisue said...

oooh someone is going to busy during the dark winter :-)

Woolly Bits said...

no kidding - though looking at the pix it doesn't really look all that much:)) standing in front of the boxes is rather different (in fact I could well hide behind them when sitting at the whee!:)) must have been mad - again....

Dorothy said...

What a wonderful load of goodies! Reminds me of opening a Christmas stocking.
:)

Woolly Bits said...

huh, your christmas stocking must be gigantic:)) though I have to admit that a surprise fibre or yarn parcel is even more exciting than one that I ordered myself... it feels like being a child again, when you don't know what will be in that box!

Helen said...

What a stash! you are going to be very busy! Questions-What is akita fibre please? I have never heard of it. Wool tops form south America-what type are they-and what micron? The Bourette silk I have only come a cross as yarn is this a raw silk?I hope you don't mind the questions but i am intrigued.I ordered my 16 micron Merino from them and now I have tried it will have to order some more but as you say I I might as well get more stuff for the same delivery price.:)

Leigh said...

Bettina, you mus be in heaven, *lol. And it's all white, just begging for color!

Catherine said...

Oh yum! You'll be up to your oxters in lovely fibre.

Catherine

Woolly Bits said...

Leigh, of course - I could have jumped right into the box - but there was no space left:)) I do like spinning from scratch, but there's nothing like opening a bag of fibres and starting to spin!
Catherine - I have to admit that this is a more or less constant situation for me - somehow my stash never shrinks:)) first it was confined to my room, but it slowly spreads out into the porch in front of it... I wonder if it'll turn into a tidal wave some day....
Helen, too much info for the blog, I'll answer in a pm....

Weird said...

That looks gorgeous - and inspiring! I want to do some spinning now ;-)
I think we all can tell tales about ordering fibre/yarns despite an already full stash, can't we? I've just ordered some stuff, too, though not nearly as much as you did (you hear the jealousy? ;-)).

Best,
Weird

Woolly Bits said...

don't be jealous - just go ahead and order some yourself:)) I am sure there are still some goodies to be had....

Jana said...

Lecker!!!
Liebe Grüße
Jana

Anonymous said...

Hallo Bettina,
oh, das ist viel, kann ich aber gut nachvollziehen. Die Portokosten sind so hoch, dass ich als auch immer größere Mengen bestellte.
Viele Grüße und viel Spaß
Juliana