Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Let’s start with the Classic Abby Batts!
We have a few different variations on the same blend for you, put up in 30 gram batts!
Okay, I’ll be honest: this is a longtime favorite blend. It’s 70% dark brown organic Corriedale from New Zealand, blended with 30% Tussah silk. In the first two, the tussah silk is hand-dyed, with subtle variegation; in the third, it’s bleached white — which means it takes dye like crazy. Why does that matter? Because it’s great for overdyeing after you spin!
The dark brown Corriedale is amazingly bouncy and springy and provides a great base; the tussah silk is sleek and bright, and this blend, spun up, can run from drapy with lustre and sheen but plenty of memory all the way to bouncy with a halo from the silk, depending on how you spin it.
And, okay, during the past few days it’s gone from a pleasant fall to a biting November, so we’ve kinda gone autumnal on a lot of these blends because it’s hard to face the fact that winter really is coming.
In this blend, the tussah silk is deep reds, magentas, and burnt orange. The overall effect is a little browner than the carpet of needles and leaves on a fall stroll through the woods, but it’s close.
You know when you go out in November, and the ground froze fast overnight, making little dirt crystals? My grandma used to call those frost fairies. Anyway, that’s what we’re calling the version of this blend with the bleached white tussah silk in it.
In this blend, the tussah silk is deep purple to pale lavender. We thought it was going to come out like a mostly-purple version of last week’s Mossy Bark, but instead it came out this rich, velvety chocolate.
In this variant, the tussah silk is lime green, deep green, pale sage, and khaki — combining with the earthy Corriedale to produce an effect that had us spending our lunch break doing web searches like “names for kinds of moss” and “sphagnum.”
We’ve also got this blend of 60% deep green and dark turquoise Corriedale with an assortment of green and blue hand-dyed Tussah silks. We decided we’re jealous of everyone who ends up with these, so it’s Green-Eyed Monster. You know. Jealousy. And stuff.
We have no batt bar batts this batch.
And then there are a few fresh rovings! These are all individual one-of-a-kind, blends as described, priced as marked. We give these serial numbers instead of names because we always save the names for the classic batts.
Fibers sell fast, so I offer “first dibs” on the new stuff hot off the carders or out of the dyepots, to all my patrons at any level on Patreon. Join us if you’d like to know more! You can even follow along on our private Discord chat server to see what’s coming up and what we’re doing!