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My new work studio!

This weekend I’ve been busy moving, with help from my husband and my good friend Jette. In the beginning of this year I had to close down my beloved yarn shop after 10 wonderful years as a shop-owner. Shortly thereafter I decided to carry on in the fiber business, almost as usual, just without a physical shop, and with main focus on fibers, dyeing, spinning and handmade items instead of factory-produced knitting yarns.

Last week I the finally found the right place for my new working life! Out in the countryside close to the forest, in a place that has a watermill that dates back to the 17th century. The mill has not been working for maybe about a 100 years (hasn’t had a wheel for ages) but in the old times it was actually used for dyeing cloth I have been told. That’s pretty cool..
The old mill-building looks like this:

The waterfall comes down where the big mill wheel used to turn. The owners of the place have a dream about setting up a new millwheel and renovating the mill house, but that’s very expensive, they told me.
Anyway, I find it very charming as it is!
From my workplace/studio I can hear the sound of the falling water, and just have to step outside and look round the corner to enjoy the sight of it too. My place looks like this:

Through the window you can see my loom, set up yesterday with help from my husband. Can’t wait to get to work!
But there’s still a lot of unpacking and sorting out to be done first. Lots and lots of boxes full of yarn, wool, garments, books, knitting/weaving/spinning equipment and … stuff has been moved, and I still haven’t moved any of the dyeing gear.

So, now that I don’t have my IRL-shop anymore I sell my fibres on Etsy:

Please click the image to take a look! 🙂
The red fibers (both the “wheels” and the silk hankies) I dyed earlier this week. Colorway “Rose Petal”.

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What’s in a name?

A couple of days ago I was picking my brains for a good colorway-name for a new brown/golden color. This one (on BFL-fiber):

It reminded me of some animal. But which one? A squirrel, a fox, a camel, a bison ox? I couldn’t get my head around it, until suddely I looked over at the couch where our cat Rosa was taking her afternoon nap. Then I knew: it was the dark brown, reddish brown and golden colors of our sweet kitty!

For the second new colorway that I’m going to present in this post, I seeked naming help in a dictionary over the local herbs and flora. I named the blue-violet color “Cow Vetch” and it looks like this, dyed on silk hankies:

You can see this and all the other fibers I painted in these 2 new colorways, over at my Etsy-Shop!
What do you think? I’d be happy to read your opinions about my colors.. 🙂

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New colorway to celebrate springtime!

Fresh and very bright green leaves are unfolding everywhere right now. It’s a delight to watch how the treetops getting greener and greener every day. Don’t you just love springtime?

My latest monochromatic colorway showcases the color of the newly sprung leaves of the beech in our Scandinavian woods. A truly inviting color, delicate, fresh, good enough to eat. In fact, you can eat the beech leaves while they are young. They taste really good!
Here’s the Beech Leaves colorway for you, shown on Bluefaced Leicester wool:

I have dyed this colorway on BFL, Shetland wool, Cheviot wool, a merino/bamboo luxuryblend and a set of silk Hankies. You can see it all in my Etsy-shop! (Yes, that’s new too!)

More new colorways are coming very soon. A dark brown is drying out back right now, and I’m thinking hard of a good name for it. I kind of reminds me of some kind of animal fur, but which animal is it now?? I have to think, look through some wild life-books, maybe..
Earlier today I painted some wool in a greyish purple hue. It’s still in the oven, can’t wait to see how this one turns out!