Somehow, 2021 seemed to both drag its heels and rush past at the speed of light. It seems that perhaps 2022 is going to do exactly the same thing, because it is suddenly almost the end of January and I don’t have very much to show for the month that has just passed!
EXCEPT, that I have lots and lots of wonderful new stock! My order, which was delayed in New Zealand for almost two months finally landed on Christmas Eve – most inconvenient, but also fantastic to finally have the goods in the country, and, unpacking the boxes two weeks later was a bit like having Christmas all over again!
Several ladies received their long awaited looms. My outstanding reeds arrived – well most of them, as did the outstanding pick-up sticks, shuttles and my long awaited copies of “The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving” – whoop whoop!
The cottons fell out of the box in a rainbow of weave-a-liciousness
… and so did the gorgeous Ashford DK yarn. This wonderful pure woollen yarn is a blend of Corriedale and Perendale fleece, which means that it is a yarn with wonderful body and character. I use it for so many things, from scarves and shawls to blankets, weft faced projects and pretty much anything in between.
It is not superwash treated, which means that it blooms beautifully during the wet finishing process and also fulls, which for us weavers is a huge bonus.
The colour range is spectacular, and even though I only keep a small selection, I find that I still have more than enough of a palette to feed most of my fantasies!
The new Merino Boucle is also in stock in both the brushed and looped versions. Somebody recently described weaving with this ultra luxurious product as “.. like weaving with snowflakes….” . Fortunately the boucle is a little more resilient and a lot less transient that your run of the mill snowflake!
So there you are then – talk about starting the year off with a bang! Exciting projects are in the making, the posts on Patreon will begin again in February, with a revisit to some of the basics that pass so many of us by, and of course – most important of all – Thread Handed is only SIX weeks away!
Looks like 2022 is going to be a bumper year all around for me – and I hope for all of you too!