July 8, 2013
Blythe doll collectors have discovered that our finest British Rare Breed wool makes beautiful hair for their unusual dolls. I don’t often get to see what my customers do with their purchases but every now and again I get a surprise, here is the latest customised Blythe doll by a talented artist from the USA.
I’m so happy that people around the world appreciate our amazing wool and as long as the sheep are happy to wear it I’ll keep dyeing it!
May 1, 2013
Due to the aweful wet summer we had last year and then the snow at lambing time it has been a really bad time for the sheep farmers in this country. Although I have had a trickle of fleece throughout the winter I underestimated how much fleece I would need to see me through til this years shearing. I have been frantically contacting people to find out if they have fleece and have procurred a little every now & then but really not enough to sustain the business.
This year I plan on buying masses, not all at once, I haven’t the storage for that but if I can get a steady supply throughout the year and have a good stock by autumn there should be no shortage of curls in the shop.
I have learnt to be quite picky about what I want in a fleece and what is a good price, bearing in mind the farmer needs to eat too.
This year there should be Masham, Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale (both black and white), Wensleydale x’s, Teeswater, Blue Faced Leicester and other breeds that will be suitable for needlefelting.
I have some fabulous Galway in stock that needlefelts easily and is perfect for the inside of any creation. I’ve yet to dye it but it’s a huge fleece so it’s worth a try.
Don’t forget I can dye to your requirements and with so many different fleeces in stock I’m sure I can please most people!
Next week I will be at Spring Farm for shearing day, not that I need to add to my stock of fibre, there are still many colours available to buy, just ask. I can supply it from the animal or washed.
Here’s looking forward to a very woolly 2013!
December 10, 2012
Super cute and completely unique these delightful hats will bring smiles all round. Each one is different, hand crafted with love. Just like our edible British Christmas puddings these come complete with brandy butter on top and a sprig of holly.
In 3 different sizes
For the little one
For mum or big sister
For Dad or big brother
March 24, 2012
Now my yarn can have a professional look with their own ‘brand’ labels. Kindly designed by a good friend I can use these bands on any of my hand dyed yarns. Room for all the relevant information they are neat and subtle not detracting from the colourful yarn they surround. Will take me a while to complete labelling all my stock but it will be worth it in the end.
I have added quite a few ‘mill ends’ and hand dyed Brand name yarns to my stock so it’s not just sock yarn! Put the kettle on and take a look see!
February 23, 2012
Seeing the first daffodils in bloom was the inspiration for this sock blank, I designed it to be knitted top down and two socks at a time. Took about 40 mins to paint but was great fun and hope it looks good as a pair of socks. There are about 60st in a row which is equivalent to a round of the average sock. Will be on sale in etsy shop tomorrow when I can get a decent picture of it dry.
February 21, 2012
After experimenting with a few scarf length sock blanks I am now having them knitted up by my pal Sheena. I can now offer blanks that have 2 strands for knitters who enjoy knitting 2 socks at a time knowing they’ll have matching ones when they’re finished. (It’s never bothered me having ‘odd’ socks!) I had a plan for the first one but it went awry as soon as I put the sponge into the dye, I realised my lines were too thick for my planned design. I have other designs in the pipeline so keep an eye out in my etsy shop if you love knitting socks.
November 18, 2011
Knitlewes54 has changed it’s name to KnitwitDesignsUK on etsy, same fabulous stock just a new name.
Lots of Christmas cards and cup cosies upcycled from woolly jumpers and handmade hats and mitts for all the family.
KnitwitOriginalsUK for all your spinning and knitting supplies. Blythe doll collectors will find beautiful curly fleece for re-rooting the hair.
November 11, 2011
My stock of winter warmers will be packed up and driven to Forest Row tomorrow morning for the monthly market. Hopefully it will stay crisp and dry. Opens at ten, packs up at four. Great food, coffee and of course knits!
See a selection of my stock here
October 22, 2011
The beautiful fleeces I purchased in Yorkshire are in the process of being transformed into lustrous colourful locks. It’s time consuming, washing the fleeces but what a transformation! I’m especially loving the way the Teeswater morphs into these amazing spirals.
I’ve dyed about 8 different batches now, the falling leaves and pewter have to be my favourites so far, although the Barbie pink locks have been popular with Blythe doll collectors. I had never heard of Blythe dolls until a lady in Thailand purchased some locks and I inquired as to what she was going to do with them (I’m nosy I know). Anyway she sent me pics of the first doll to be re-rooted and she was so cute I could see why they are collected around the world. My pink curls made for stunning ‘hair’.
The washed and undyed curls of the Masham will make great beards for Santa and the natural black Wensleydale will be great for felted gnomes. It’s great when buyers show me what they have done with the fleece, I have a better understanding then of their needs.
Of course all the locks can be spun into a worsted yarn or woven on a peg loom or tapestry frame.