May 18, 2015
I was lucky enough to catch the sheep show at the Ardingly Spring Garden & Leisure show this year and noticed there were some Masham sheep waiting to be shorn as part of the sheep show.
A quick chat to the shearer and he marked the ewe that had the nicest fleece, I was on spinning duty with the alpacas so couldn’t wait to see her being shorn.When I had my next break I caught the end of his show and then he sold me the fleece.
At the first opportunity I started to wash it and realised just how beautiful it was. I have washed the entire fleece now and about half is dyed. I have managed to spin some too, from the locks, no carding required. The locks are very lustrous, super soft and not very curly.
This has to be in my top 5 favourite fleeces. I think I have the fleece that I will spin up for the Masham sheep fair. I certainly won’t be selling all of it! Call me selfish!
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!
January 1, 2012
Last year I discovered that most of the dyed curly wool I sold in my etsy shop was for re-rooting Blythe Dolls hair.I’d never even heard of them! After lots of searching I realised that these dolls are very popular and a worldwide collectors items. Being extremely popular they are also very expensive. I was told about similar dolls that sold for much less so I then went on a search for one that I could use to model the clothes I’m planning to knit, without costing the earth. Cissy (not her real name-her passport is in the name of Susie) arrived a few days before Christmas and although a little scary looking will be a very useful model as she is poseable. Unlike the Blythe Dolls Cissy’ hair has been glued on so I’ll have to live with that and just knit her some hats! Cissy is made by Tangkou and has her own stand, brush, comb and passport. With purple knee highs and boots she is quite funky and even has pierced ears!
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.
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.