New Handspun and Millspun

I worked on taking some pictures and adding some new yarns to the shop. today  First up is Tropical Waters.  This gorgeous Caribbean blue yarn was kettle dyed.  This is actually a mega skein – 4.5oz/129g and over 500 yards!  That’s 50 yards more than the average skein!  That could make a big shawl or numerous pairs of socks/gloves!  Makes me want to steal away for a beach vacation somewhere with white sand and bright blue water!
Tropical Waters Collage

This next yarn is handspun from a braid of 100% 19 micron merino that I dyed a while back called Dreamberry.  It was just begging to be spun, so I went for it.  It’s neat to see the before and after.

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Dreamberry – before being spun

This yarn is a 2 ply worsted weight, 4.2oz and 186 yards.  The 19 micron merino is so soft and squishy.  This would look great as a cowl or a scarf.  I love all the pinks, purples, blues and hints of white.
Dreamberry Collage

Stop on over to the new shop on Big Cartel and take a peek.  Sarandipity Handmade

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Branching Out

I’ve decided to branch out and try a new site for selling my handmade stuff.  I’m giving Big Cartel a shot as I’m not sure I’m on board with all the changes that have been happening over on Etsy.  Things were great until they opened it up to the wholesalers and the people who can sell “handmade” items that they bought for pennies from China.  Makes it hard for people who actually put time and effort into making their items to sell and make money when others can offer the same thing for cheap.

Anyway, here’s my new shop.  Sarandipity Handmade.  I’m still going to use Etsy for a while, but I’m just testing the waters.  Several of my friends have made the move over to Big Cartel and love it, so I’m hoping I (and you) will, too.

My first listing on BC is for my newest handspun yarn – Lollipop Guild.  This is spun from a braid of Organic Polwarth that I dyed with bright green, purple, red and brown.  It’s a 3 ply, navajo ply and approximately a worsted weight/heavy weight.  There are 2 skeins of this and you get both (I had to split it because my bobbins are small and I can’t fit all 4 oz on at one time).  There is a total of 124 yards and 4oz/119g.  I just love the fun colors of this yarn and hope you will, too.2015-05-22 17.05.56A

I’m also hoping that I’ll have more time to start blogging again, so watch this space for more shop updates and more crafty stuff.  I’ve got some things planned that I want to work on for the upcoming Madison Street Fair in September so I’m hoping to blog about that, too.