Stores Update

More colours of Venne Organic Cotton are in stock for your weaving projects: Bright Pink, Fawn, Fern Green and Irish Cream.

And new Handmaiden and Fleece Artist in stock:

Happy knitting and weaving,

Kelly

This Just In!

We’ve just received some new colours of Fleece Artist Trail Socks and Handmaiden Lace Silk (and re-stocked some favourites), here’s a sneak peak:

Lace Silk

Trail Socks

Happy knitting,

Kelly

Back from the Spa

Last year I blogged here about my then, new to me wheel.  It was a lovely wheel, but required a little TLC.

I had been spinning on this wheel from time to time, but was having problems with the flyer, it didn’t always want to spin.  It was time for an intervention.

On Ravelry, there is a group devoted to CPW’s (Canadian Production Wheels), with a thread on refurbishing them.  Members have posted lovely images of their refurbished wheels, many of which they refurbished themselves.  While I am no stranger to paint stripper, rubber gloves, breathing masks, sharp tools and sandpaper, I decided to leave this one to the professionals and headed to our favourite antiques dealer/refinisher, Butcher’s Antiques.

The remainder of the old shellac finish was removed (some had been removed by a previous owner who had tried to refinish it), rough gouges in the wheel were sanded smooth and are barely noticeable, given a warm maple stain and finished with tung oil.

Here’s how it looks after its spa treatment:

CPW 033

Some sample spinning (Fleece Artist’s Merino Silk roving):

CPW 031

 

Table top with maker’s stamp before refinishing:

CPW 003

and after:

CPW 018

This wheel now spins like a dream, and I can’t wait to get to know it better.

Happy spinning,

Kelly

 

Goodies in the Post!

Just received a small box of goodies from Fleece Artist and Handmaiden that will appear on the website soon.  Want a sneak peak?

 

Yarn!

Yarn!

 

Want a closer look?

Handmaiden Lace Silk – 100% silk, 900m/100g, $42/skein (plus tax)

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Topaz

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Topaz

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Aurora

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Aurora

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Beach House

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Beach House

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Moss

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Moss

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Violetta

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Violetta

 

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – 80% merino/20% nylon, 325m/115g skein, $20/skein (plus tax)

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Cedar

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Cedar

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Charcoal

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Charcoal

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Ruby

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Ruby

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Topaz

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Topaz

 

Happy knitting!

Kelly