A skein drying is a solemn sight in the morning sun.

And it all gets better when the skein joins its 84 pals in a box of inspiration!

I've done some serious dyeing (and I'm not even finished yet). These 17 shades are just the tip of the iceberg, but I wanted to show them since the box was such a happy sight, when I took it outside just to look at all the colors. The yarn is a lovely Aran weight wool yarn. My Hedda cap is knitted of this yarn and it's very soft, yet durable. It takes colors well, and knits up fast with #8 needles. It may land in my shop, eventually, but for now, let's just enjoy the colors!


Engulfed in Lace

This week I have done some light reading.
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Done some lace knitting.
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Knitted some lace too.

Photographed lace.
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And dreamt of lace.
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Dyed for lace.
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Might even spin for lace.
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You could say, then, that I have had lace on my mind lately. It's perfect for summer, lightweight and airy, especially if you use silk yarn. And I have fallen in love with silk! The color, the drape, everything about it makes me want to just use lace and destash my wool immediately. (Then I dyed some wool-silk-bling blend and came to my senses. Phew!)

The project that started it all was a marriage between a shawl and a bolero, hence the name shawlero. I love the construction and was surprised to see how well it worked - I did have my doubts. There will be many more shawlero designs, I'm sure. The back looks a lot like a shawl, but there are no "how do I wear this to show the lace" issues or "my sleeves are drowning in the punch bowl again" issues. I have had those issues with traditional shawls, especially rectangular shawls. This time I won't have sleeves smelling of punch (and hence indicating slight intoxication of the wearer as that never happens, never!), or weird lumps of lace gathered in a wild fashion around my shoulders in the hopes that it won't look completely horrible. I love lace shawls, I really do, but they're not the most practical accessories to wear, especially to parties with large punch bowls.

I must return to my reading, so I will leave you with a selection of fresh new flowers )or soon to be flowers) around the Lair.



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New Fiber Club!

There is a new fiber club at the Lair, just in time for your summer spinning!

You will receive one (1) package of The Lair's own custom blend of 60% BFL, 20% silk and 20% Firestar weighing approximately 100g or 3.5oz. This blend is supersoft, easy to spin and full of bright colors! The BFL will provide durability and softness, the silk and glittery Firestar add a nice touch of elegance, drape and shine. The club packages will ship out on Monday, May 16th. There will be a limited amount of these custom-dyed tops, so order yours now! The club package is 25€ (including shipping).

Klubissa saat yhden paketin Luolan omaa 60% BFL, 20% silkki, 20% Firestar -sekoitusta! Paketissa on yksi noin 100g topsi tätä ihanan pehmeää ja ilmavaa kuitua. Klubin paketit lähetetään maanantaina 16. toukokuuta. Klubitopseja on rajallinen määrä joten tilaa omasi nyt! Klubipaketin hinta on 25€ (sis. postit).

How to Order
To order, click the Paypal button below. You will be directed to Paypal for processing of your order, and you can pay with your credit card - no Paypal account is required. Please note: if this purchase is a gift, please fill out the "special instructions to merchant" selection at check-out with details of the recipient adress and your message to the recipient.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at tuulia . salmela (at) gmail . com! Thank you for your support and happy spinning!

Tilataksesi klubipaketin, klikkaa ylläolevaa painiketta, joka ohjaa sinut Paypaliin. Voit maksaa tilauksesi Paypalissa luottokortilla, Paypal-tiliä ei tarvita. Huomaa: Jos tilauksesi on lahja, täytä kohta "special instructions to merchant" maksaessasi, laita mukaan saajan nimi, osoite ja viestisi saajalle.

Klubeissa on rajallinen määrä paikkoja, joten toimi nopeasti!
Kysyttävää tai kommentoitavaa? Laita viestiä osoitteella tuulia . salmela (at) gmail . com!
Kiitos ja ihania kehruuhetkiä!