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A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!

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BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP

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Jacob Sheep have graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries.  Their impressive horns, black and white faces and spotted bodies have no doubt contributed to their popularity and survival.

The Brown Select Jacob Wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color.  The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.

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Jacob

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MASHAM WOOL TOP
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Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England.  The Masham sheep is produced by  crossing  a Teeswater or Wensleydale and Swaledale or Dalesbred. 

This wool overdyes beautifully and is a great choice for rugs or projects that need a more robust wool.  Masham wool is a beautiful silver grey color with a good degree of lustre.  It is classified as a longwool.  Micron count is between 31-36 microns.
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Masham

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CHEVIOT WOOL TOP

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Cheviot is a main British wool breed.  The modern Cheviot breed has been produced by selection rather than by crossing.  It is a pure breed, one of a very few in this country.  Cheviots produce generous fleeces of white wool which is preferred by mills because its fineness, crimp, and length of staple give it superior spinning and combing qualities, and its low grease content

Cheviot Wool Top is a beautiful natural white color. The micron count is between 27-33.  The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners.  The wool practically spins itself.  The yarn produced from Cheviot wool is a pleasure to knit, crochet or weave.

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Cheviot

Merino is a fabulous fiber for spinning yarn, wet felting and needle felting!

Merino Collage

The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds of sheep.  Merino fibers are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibers.  This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.   But the merino’s fleece is built for extremes – breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight.

Because Merino can absorb moisture vapor, it tends not to create static electricity, helping it to drape beautifully and be less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body than other fabrics.

• Softest and fineness of all the wool types
• Fine crimp
• Good elasticity
• Excellent loft

Staple length for merino is 70mm or 2.75”
23 to 25 micron wool

$2.00 per ounce at 7 Yaks Design

Elasticity can also be added to merino with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory which is especially important when knitting socks!

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

With back to school on the horizon, it’s time to stock up on your fall and Holiday knitting & spinning stash at 7 Yaks Design !

Back to School Sale

What a happy coincidence that I recently taught myself how to crochet, not to mention falling in love with the technique!

I incorporated a knitting needle gauge into the sock blocker design.  I thought instead of choosing an arbitrary shape to provide ventilation, what if I could add a useful tool… and so it was born.

The blockers are available in my Etsy shop in small, medium and large sizes.

Do you love all things Halloween?

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This 1.8 ounce spindle is a great medium weight for spinning DK/sport weight yarns. Made of cut acrylic and oak, it’s as much fun to watch the spindle as it is to create yarn… and it spins like a dream!  Fly on over to 7 Yaks Design and check out the rest of the wicked fun!

The kit includes a Spinner’s Cauldron of Fibers:

1 ounce – Wicked Witch wool assortment
1/2 ounce – Carbonized Bamboo
1/4 ounce – Franken Monster Green Firestar
1/4 ounce – Sunset Red Firestar
1/4 ounce – Vampyrism Red Angelina

Included in your coffin:

  • Bookmark for keeping track of late night reading
  • WPI Gauge
  • Graveyard Diz
  • Lamb’s Tail
  • Secret assorted treats just for fun

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We have a ‘FREE-ky and Bewitching treat for you from 7 Yaks Design.

Do you knit, crochet, felt, or make jewelry? Do you need costume ideas? Are you making Halloween Crafts?

Are you into making homemade Halloween decorations? Need supplies?

For every order over $25 (excluding shipping) during the month of October you will receive a gift worth at least $10.

What is the gift? Well, it is a surprise!


trick or treat

And we will be offering 25% off everything in the shop!

(excluding clearance items and shipping)

Now there’s some magic you can use 😉

My friend Linda came over on Sunday and helped me get acquainted with my new spinning wheel.  With her much needed assistance I managed to make my first skein of yarn!  It’s a nice blend of merino batts and roving from my fellow Phat Fiber artists along with some fabulous wool locks that Linda dyed and shared with me.

Artyarn

Artyarn

Think I might try the wham bam cowl for this.

Artyarn

Thanks to the following fiber artists who were included in my skein of yarn with the generous donation of their samples to the

Phat Fiber Sample Box:

Altered Visions

Infinity Yarn and Fiber

Maude & Me

Moonwood Farm

Serendipity Fiber Arts

Sweet Pea Fibers

Wooly Hands

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I was able to play with my new Louet drum carder for the first time today!  I had almost forgotten how much I love blending fibers.  It’s a lumpy, textural mixed batt of Suffolk and Perendale wool with a hint of merino and a good dollop of cashmere noils.  Just in time for blooming spring flowers… 

 

Phat Fiber Giveaway for May

Phat Fiber Giveaway for May

 

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It reminds me of pansies, a garden staple of mine, when I decide which flowers I’m going to plant each year.

 

 

Phat Fiber Sample for May

Phat Fiber Sample for May

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Phat Fiber sample for May’s box.  It’s a 1/4 ounce of hot pink 100% cashmere noils.  Maybe you will find one in your box 🙂

 

It’s also available now in my Etsy shop too.

Custom select your own 8 color choices of wool roving (1/2 oz. packs) for a total of 4 oz. Bulk rate prices, too.

Mix & Match Your Roving

Mix & Match Your Roving

Spinners and Felters will appreciate being able to choose 8 beautiful colors of roving for their next project. This is a deal when you consider that they get more of a bulk price.

Example of some color choices.

Example of some color choices.

7 Yaks Design carries knitting and jewelry supplies..and more.

I’m going to have more knitting accessories on display at the Whole Foods Farmers’ Market at 27249 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, OH. on Saturday, September 6th, 2008. The Farmers’ Market Hours are 11 – 2.

I’ll have custom skeins, cat toys, cat toy kits, Bamboo knitting needles, yarn, wool, knitting accessory kits, sock blockers, and more…

Whole Foods

Stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

Bamboo Needle sets at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Bamboo Needle sets at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Sock Blocker with needle gauge.

Sock Blocker with needle gauge.

Felted Cat toys

Felted Cat toys

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