Well I've just got home after a lovely afternoon at the Skeins studio in Glossop, sorting through the beautiful yarns and fibres to make up each individual pack. There was so much lovely stuff there - I found it very hard to keep my hands off it.
I am absolutely certain that they will sell out really quickly, so remember - if you're going to Woolfest this weekend, make your way to the Skeins stall to get one from Carole, and if you can't make it, go to the Ecoproducts4u website (which is where you'll be able to buy them online when they go on sale) and sign up for the mailing list via the box in the bottom left-hand corner of this page.
My samples were posted a couple of days ago. I've sent an equal number of samples of two different colouways on oatmeal blue faced leicester. Unfortunately my photography skills were a bit lacking that evening and the photo is a bit blurry.
You can see them better on these photos of previous dye batches.
Cherry and Espresso
Home Hill (named after a Vineyard in southern Tasmania)
Oatmeal BFL was one of the first fibres I spun when I learned to spin, and since then I've had a bit of an obsession with it and other natural wool colours.
I love going to the local Post office - I don't even mind standing in the queue anymore as its been a pleasure to collect the parcels with all this yummy, squidgy stuff inside - I just wish it was all for me and no the lucky people who decide to buy. There will definitely be two sizes £20 + p&p and £10 + p&p.
I parceled these up yesterday and posted them off ready for the first wave of Fibreholics boxes - my mini sock yarn skeins. I'm really pleased with the colours. So much so, I had to keep a couple and knit them up myself!
This is the photo of the 'main' skein, a new colourway I have designed.
This is called Horizon. It is painted half lime green & half navy blue giving a striking contrast, with long colour repeats. This colourway will not be available in Flutterby Creations until after the box is released, so if you get a a baby skein in your box, you will be among the first to ever receive that colourway!
These are my little skeins of Jazz it up! Proving to be a very popular colourway, this already can be brought, if you cannot wait until the box release.
I will be getting the rest of my samples photographed soon, ready for more temptation to be put in your path.
This is one time when I don't mind going to the post office. I have just collected two more packages of samples and I am so excited. Of course I had to have a peek just to make sure who they were from but if anyone hasn't already registered their interest then do so now so you don't miss out the first batch of boxes is going to be amazing!
I've just posted my samples for inclusion in the first box.
I knew there would be a wealth of beautiful dyed fibres going in, so for contrast I've sent an undyed blend in a rather luxurious 60% chocolate brown alpaca, 30% creamy white merino and 10% rich honey tussah silk, these were very well carded together to produce batts that spin up into classy, semi solid heather yarn that has the best properties of all the fibres. The picture is probably a shade lighter than the actual fibre.
For my yarn contribution, I've sent some naturally dyed sock yarn in two shades. This is a good mix of 75% pure wool with 25% nylon for strength, and the shades this time are a solid light foxglove pink, and a gently variagated dove mauvey grey with palest clear pink.
Here are some photos of my contribution to the very first boxes! I have loved doing this and spun up a spare sample not only to see the colour changes but so I can knit up a little something and maybe write a pattern to match my 'Sucky Thumb Mitts' pattern. Looking forward to meeting fellow Ravelers at the UK Ravelry Day this Saturday.
Just a little reminder that alongside heaps of scrummy yarn and fibre, I'll have a sign-up sheet for the Fibreholics mailing list on my stall at UK Ravelry Day on Saturday.
It looks like it's going to be a fantastic event, so do try to pop along if you can. In the meantime, this is a little sneaky preview of my recent dyeing and spinning - some of which may well be turning up in your Fibreholics box.
Guess who is a lucky person - MEE!!! I am the one who is getting to see all the samples first as I am packing them all up and the first have just arrived - its going to be like Christmas. If we do a box sale every two months then we should have one starting November 1st which will mean they are a brilliant Christmas idea - well thats taken care of a few presents off my list!
The Fibreholics are a collective of like minded spinners, knitters and dyers based here in the UK. We all have our own unique take on all things fibre and have brought them together to bring you the Fibreholics box. You can choose whether you want to have a voluptuous edition containing ten samples or go for petite with five.