This week's update is heavy on pictures and light on goodies for sale, as I have had a chaotic week with Aspen and trying to very slowly assimilate her into the household - she started out in a separate pen of her own, in my living room so that the other bunnies wouldn't try to fight with her or anything:
About 5 days later I moved her to the bunny room, but still in her own enclosure, just next to the bigger pen so that the bunnies could all see each other and interact safely:
And today, because she has coped really well with the changes and is very relaxed, she has been moved into the big pen, but she is in the hutch so that she is still safe - Chuubi and Mr D seem to be fine with her, but Izzy is very aggressive. I have had to relocate Izzy to the smaller pen for the time being as she is constantly instigating scuffles with the other bunnies, and gets very territorial! So at least I have enough space to play "Musical Bunnies" lol and keep everyone calm and happy ;)
I have also been busy experimenting:
Don't worry though, despite me looking like a crazy scientist, it's nothing scary - this was my workspace for this particular experiment:
And this was the end result - 8 mini-skeins of solid colours:
which are destined to become a sample for my Ukrainian Stained Glass Mittens (there are 7 colours in this small portion of the cuff alone!):
I currently have a kilo of undyed Corriedale, 6.8kg of undyed merino and a whole bunch of undyed sock yarn winging its way to me, that will all be landing in my dyepots (and the results will be up for sale in future blog updates!) :)
Beginner Spinning Kits
These kits come in 2 styles - available with a flower spindle (great for kids) or a regular round whorl wooden spindle. They come packaged with the spindle, 50g of fibre and instructions for how to spin :) Flower spindles have a 10 inch/25cm shaft length, and the round spindles have 8 inch/20cm shafts.
Both types of kit are available for AU$18.00 plus postage.
This week we have a MAMMOTH spindle update lol, so grab a cuppa and start scrolling.....
Ultralight spindles - these little babies weigh a tiny 5g with a pine shaft or 7g with a Tasmanian oak one, and come in the colours you see pictured, with a hand-bent pigtail style hook. 6 inch long shaft, finished with a light coat of wax, the whorls are 1 inch in diameter and stained with vegetable dyes. Perfect for laceweight yarns or spinning on the go, these babies are $5 each plus shipping ($2 on their own, or no extra cost with other items). Please let me know when you order, what colour you would like and whether you would like a pine or Tasmanian oak shaft.
Pocket spindles - these are the big sister of the ultralights, the whorls are 1 1/2in diameter and come in natural beech, or maple, cedar or mahogany stain, with either a pine or Tasmanian Oak shaft. Pine shaft pocket spindles weigh in at 12g, Tasmanian Oak at 13g. The spindle pictured above has a mahogany stained whorl and a pine shaft, both finished with carnauba wax. Hand-bent pigtail style hook. $7 plus shipping ($2 if on its own, no extra cost if shipped with other items). Please let me know when you order what finish you would like on your whorl and which shaft you would prefer.
50mm agate whorl, dark wood shaft, weight 27g. $28.00.
50mm sonora jasper whorl on stained/lacquered bamboo, weight 30g. $28.00.
50mm crazy lace agate whorl on carved wood shaft, weight 26g. $28.00.
40mm howlite turquoise whorl on carved wood shaft, weight 16g. $22.00.
50mm sonora jasper whorl on black lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 24g. $28.00
50mm grass turquoise pyrite whorl on teak shaft, weight 34g. $30.00.
50mm zebra jasper whorl on stained/lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 25g. $30.00.
50mm rhodonite whorl on black lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 25g. $35.00.
50mm poppy jasper whorl on stained/lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 31g. $28.00.
50mm spiderweb sea sediment jasper whorl on carved bamboo shaft, weight 35g. $27.00.
50mm Picasso jasper pyrite whorl on dark wood shaft, weight 32g. $30.00.
50mm sea sediment jasper whorl on teak shaft, weight 24g. $27.00.
50mm variscite whorl on black lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 19g. $27.00.
50mm variscite whorl on stained/lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 31g. $27.00
50mm variscite whorl on carved wood shaft, weight 25g. $28.00.
50mm sea sediment jasper whorl on teak shaft, weight 36g. $27.00.
50mm sea sediment jasper whorl on carved bamboo shaft, weight 24g. $27.00.
50mm flame jasper whorl on black lacquered bamboo shaft, weight 35g. $28.00.
Whorled Army! Spindle Club
For those of you who don't already know about this one, you can find out the details in this thread on the Whorled Domination! Ravelry group.
Sign-ups for the next round are now open until December 5th and the next shipment will go in the mail on January 5th, 2012. All payments are due by December 5th please!
For those of you not yet on Ravelry, the details are as follows:
This is a PAYG quarterly club, with one package being sent every 3 months (containing a spindle and fibre to the value of whichever tier you select). You may opt out of club at any time provided you do so by the deadline of the 5th of the month prior to shipping. Places are strictly limited - if you are on the wait list and someone opts out, the person on the top of the list will be offered a place in the club with the option to stay in. If you opt out of more than 2 consecutive shipments, you will automatically be placed on the wait list. If you fail to either pay or notify me that you are opting out by the deadline (and yes, I will be sending reminders so you don’t forget!), your membership will be automatically terminated, and if you wish to rejoin at a later date you will be put on the wait list until another place becomes available. From time to time I may offer additional places in the club, pending my ability to keep up with demand.
Club tiers are as follows, all prices are in AUD:
Tier 1, Basic: drop spindle and small fibre sample (50g or less, depending on what kind of fibre it is) every quarter. $30 plus shipping.
Tier 2, Regular: drop spindle and usually a minimum 50g fibre sample or a smaller amount of a luxury fibre or blend - one shipment out of every 4 is guaranteed to be a luxury fibre or blend. $40 plus shipping.
Tier 3, Deluxe: drop spindle and up to 100g of fibre every quarter, depending on the blend. This club option also guarantees that 2 shipments per club year (so 2 out of every 4) will contain a luxury fibre or luxury blend (the luxury blend fibre will normally be 50g). $50 plus shipping.
You will have several options to choose from with regard to fibre content, colour, spindle colours/materials and top or bottom whorl - everyone who signs up will be sent a questionnaire to fill out and return to me so that I can make sure I don’t send you anything you don’t like :) Australian members will have the option of whether you want to receive washed raw fleece as a possible club fibre - I will not be offering this to members outside Australia due to customs restrictions.
Fibre may be undyed, hand-dyed or hand painted, depending on what I can find for the club and your personal preferences as to fibre colours/content. Spindle materials may vary according to which tier you select - but all spindles will be handmade by me and I will do my best to cater to any preferences you indicate in the questionnaire.
Shipping costs will be $7.00 within Australia, and $12.00 for everywhere else. If you would like to spread your quarterly payment out over each quarter, let me know when you sign up and I can set it up for you with Paypal :) You have the option of using Paypal, or for Australian club members, direct deposit.
To join the Whorled Army, you can either message me on Ravelry where I am brighidskiss, or email me directly at email@example.com - please include which Tier you would like to join in your message, and give me an email address to which I can send your invoice and Club questionnaire if you are a new participant :)
Pure Tea-vil - Whorled Domination's Organic Tea Range!
Teas are now available for sale! All tea is loose leaf and certified organic unless otherwise stated. Prices are as follows (all prices are AU$ and do not include postage):
Organic hazelnut cream tea - certified organic black tea with hazelnut. Absolutely beautiful with a touch of milk and sugar, with a very distinct hazelnut flavour and a hint of caramel.
20g pouch for $2.75, 50g for $5.50, 100g bag for $10.15.
Organic black chai - Warm and spicy with organic cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Perfect with a dash of milk and honey.
20g pouch $2.60, 50g pouch $5.00, or 100g for $9.50.
Organic cinnamon black tea - Strong cinnamon flavour, beautiful with milk and a touch of sugar.
20g pouch $2.20, 50g pouch $4.00, or 100g bag for $7.50.
"Ballerina" organic art tea - premium organic white tea with jasmine flowers and globe amaranth. Stunning to look at and has a beautiful delicate flavour, very refreshing! $3.50 per ball or 3 for $10.00 (larger quantities available on request by special order). One ball makes 6-10 cups, and you can top the jug up with more hot water to extend the infusion :)
"Lavender Bliss" organic art tea - premium organic green tea with lavender and jasmine blossoms. Just the right amount of lavender, delicate and delicious! $3.00 per ball, or 3 for $8.50 (larger quantities available on request by special order).
"Queen Jasmine" organic art tea - fitting name for this beautiful rare Silver Needle white tea topped with a hand-sewn crown of jasmine flowers and a lily petal. Light and delicate flavour, a very refreshing tea. $3.50 per ball, or 3 for $10.00 (larger quantities available on request by special order).
"Enchanted Heart" organic art tea - premium organic green tea hand-sewn with tiger lily and globe amaranth. Lovely delicate floral flavour with the characteristic green tea aftertaste. $3.50 each, or 3 for $10.00 (larger quantities available on request by special order).
Tea hearts - rose petals and black tea, wrapped in pink foil. Makes 2-4 cups per heart. 75c per heart, or 3 for $2.00 (larger quantities available on request by special order). Also available as a combination pack of 2 hearts Rose Black tea and 2 of Jasmine Green tea for $3.00.
Tea hearts - green tea with jasmine blossoms, wrapped in gold foil. Makes 2-4 cups per heart. 75c each, or 3 for $2.00 (larger quantities available on request by special order). Also available as a combination pack of 2 hearts Rose Black tea and 2 of Jasmine Green tea for $3.00.
Tea Sampler: contains one ball of each of the 4 art teas, a 5gm (1-2 cup) sachet of each of the 3 black teas, and 1 each of the hearts. Great way to try all the different teas in the Pure Tea-vil range, and would make a great gift or swap item (especially as you can easily divide the sampler up for multiple swaps). $15.00 (can be gift-wrapped on request).