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Spinning lock yarn is so fun!  There are so many different ways to spin lock yarn.  You can start with a base of wool and add the locks to that as you go.  Or you can only spin locks and/or add other spin in materials as well.  If the goal was for us all to spin a lock yarn..I think they would all be different and beautiful.  Creating unique beauty is so soothing to my soul.  I wish that on everyone! Here’s a few pics of some of my latest lock dyeing adventures. 🙂

These are English Leicester locks from Namaste Farms 🙂

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You’ll be happy about this handspun yarn sale!  Perfect for soft and smooshy spring newborn gear!  I’m running this special thru the month of April. 🙂 You can find it in my ilashdesigns shop here.

Or by clicking on the photo.

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Thanks for stopping in and checking out my handspun yarn!  Be sure and check out my facebook page for more fun things going on.  I’ve been having regular give aways..patterns and wool roses….you never know what I’ll be celebrating over there next!  I hope you are enjoying spring!

Your friend in fiber,

Nyana

The sun was shining here, just like it was really trying to be spring!  The temps are warming slowly, and the mating pair of robins in our front yarn yard, are back!  I do think spring is really coming if we are all lucky!  So to celebrate I am hosting another handspun yarn give away on my facebook page.  You do pay for the shipping but I’ll throw in the skein for free! The yarn is a fun colored superwash merino wool with some soft sweet lavender and peach and ivory just in time for spring.  I’m also including the wool roses in this one!  Don’t forget to stop by and check out the handspun yarn kits I listed in my Etsy shop today too!  I hope you are enjoying some other kind of weather besides snow and getting to watch  your favorite spring birds arrive too!  🙂

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My wool cowl and/or headband is crochet from a handspun triple plied yarn.  The fun squishy loft of this yarn makes this piece a winner, even with your eyes closed.  But open! open!! OPEN your eyes!!  Because the autumn colors turned out amazing!  I’m so thrilled with the yarn!  My limited crochet skills are mostly hidden.  WHAT a BONUS!  And so truly…this is a beginner crochet piece.

The dyed buttons were fun.  I had to kiss a few frogs to find the right button size. The little ones are from my parent’s apple trees. The centers didn’t want to dye. There was no fixing it..so they are mottled..to match the yarn eh? I got all nostalgic thinking my dad could have told me the hard luck stories of the first years of those little twiggy apple trees. They grew fine apples eventually..and they were so proud..”those are Transparents!!” Mom made yummy apple everything! The frogs are from Ash trees – they turned out great, too large, but great! They are some special buttons to me.  My dad passed away a few years ago.  My mom sold their place and moved to town.  The apple trees were just a few on their multiple acre park, they called their yard.  It was filled with special trees, bushes, ponds, rock gardens they had built over almost 30 years, where once was pasture.  I about cried the day this box of wooden buttons arrived.  Yep, pretty special!

This cowl/headband is ready to ship and can be found in my ilashkisses shop on Etsy.  Clicking on the photo will magically take you there! 😉

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Wool Cowl

 

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Wool Cowl

I’ve been exercising my instant download skills on Etsy, what a thrill! (look out for doing too much of that!)  and it seems they are telling me beginner?  in the descriptions but…it’s all over my head still. FP EX F? really?   Good thing I can go in and download until the end of time.  That’s a nice feature I may have to consider somehow including that little treasure in my will.  “Winky, your grandma left you..all of her handwork patterns on Etsy – as long as the account stays active”.   Really?   I’m sure they’ll be scrambling to find “that thumb drive with all G.G.’s top secret password and id info” on it right away!  (note to self – make a duplicate!)  Yep, pretty sure of that.  hint:  The thumb is probably in among the scrap scribbly and coffee stained  papers and napkins I call my “patterns”,  not to far away from my yarn stash.   You know the place!   🙂

I recently found a crochet pattern that inspired me to try crocheting again.  I have forever been crochet challenged, but this pattern has been easy to follow and even change to suit my yarn.   It’s the Amazing Grace Headband by Beatrice Ryan Designs.  It’s a great beginner pattern that doesn’t take much yarn.  I made a few lightweight ones for indoor wear and then I made a few outdoor ones that will keep your ears warm when worn as a headband, and your neck warm if worn as a cowl.  They are so much fun!  I highly recommend this pattern for a quick and easy project.

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I have had a lot of fun making them!  They fit great and look great too!  Look for more soon in my ilashkisses shop!  I’m dreaming about one from every one of my colorways!

 

I am enjoying making bamboo yarn so much!  I know it’s completely out of season …and I’m just rocking it.  I will be dyeing and listing more lux mix fibers this week too – because they are more in season right?  handspun bamboo yarn, hand painted bamboo fiber,

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Thanks for stopping in!  I hope you all have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

 

I just listed a new Handspun Yarn Gift Certificate listing..both on my website and in my Etsy shop!  Just in time for the holidays!  This is the perfect gift for the yarn or fiber lover in your life! Giving a gift certificate is simple for you and yet so very special for every recipient! Giving an ilashdesigns gift certificate is the perfect way to celebrate their love of their craft that they won’t soon forget!

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Perfect gift for the handspun yarn or fiber lover in your life!

Here’s a link to my website – http://www.ilashdesigns.net/product/gift-certificate-you-choose-the-amount

You can choose any amount from $15-$100!  Have fun and happy shopping!


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