Meet Rachel Brown of Porpoise Fur and learn about Yarn in the City Yarn Crawls

Today I’d like to tell you about Rachel Brown from Porpoise Fur. Rachel is American but now lives in the UK. She has been spinning for a number of years and after dabbling in dyeing her own fibre she launched her own online shop selling hand dyed spinning fibre under the name Porpoise Fur. You can visit her shop and blog here

I met Rachel at the I Knit Fandango show in London last week and loved her colourful wool tops for spinning

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But Rachel is also a knitwear designer and she sells her designs on Ravelry and I encourage you to go take a look at her designs here

I happen to have seen this gorgeous cowl that Rachel designed for or in collaboration with Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. This cowl will not be release until July but I guarantee that you too will LOVE it. So if you like cowls, then take note and check out Rachel’s designs on Ravelry for a new cowl design!

Rachel and her friend Alison (I may have written this wrongly and apologize deeply if that is the case) are responsible for YARN IN THE CITY. You can click on the name here to the left and you will end up on their website. They organise yarn crawls and this year there are 2. So the first yarn crawl will be in Brighton on Saturday 20th of June. Participants will meet up at the railway station in Brighton for a fun filled day visiting local yarn shops. If you are in the Brighton or London area I highly recommend you join in the fun. I had such fun at the Unwind Brighton festival last summer that I’m convinced a yarn crawl in Brighton has got to be the best!

The second Yarn Crawl will take place in London and this is actually the third edition of the London Yarn Crawl. This will take place on Saturday September 5th and will of course include a day of visiting a number of participating shops and also access to a pop up marketplace for even more goodies. The London Yarn Crawl and marketplace focus on UK indie artist so if you are in the area and enjoy unique, quality supplies and want to support indie artist then this is definitely an event for you.

Information for both events can be found on the Yarn in the City blog/website (see link above).

 

 

More on my preparations for the I Knit Fandango in London this May

Hi girls, how are you today? Fine I hope, I’m doing fine myself. The weather here is really reminding us that summer is just around the corner and that seems to bring more energy and optimism. That is always a good thing I think, gives me hope and increased energy to continue my work on the shop in spite of everything. So, with the good weather and brighter spirits, I did some dyeing last Sunday in the garden. Now the rovings have dried and are ready for me to prepare for sale. I did those by painting on the colours rather than kettle dyeing. I like painting because I can play around with lots of different colours and I hope these will please my visitors at the I Knit Fandango. Here are the pictures

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What do you think? You can spin these as is or you can play around and maybe split in half lengthwise and then ply for a 2 ply yarn or you can split in 3 and make a 3 ply yarn. You can also split per colour if you want to have longer color repeats in your yarn and either split each color 2 or 3 times for a 2/3 ply yarn or you could just spin everything on a single bobbin and then Navajo ply. I love Navajo plying when I spin a multi coloured yarn as it keeps the colours well separated in most cases – except of course if you purposely go for the barber pole style. The 2 last rovings above are mini braids that I did in neon yellow and neon pink, but the colours don’t show so well in the picture I think, at least not on my monitor.

I also did 2 more rovings last night and pictured them while still wet. I’ll show you pictures of them later when dry so you can see the final look. These I did using a gradient method which I think will give a really cool yarn that can be either spun lengthwise or you can split at each colour/shade change  for longer colour repeats. Either way I’m happy with the results. This is what they look like all wet www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com The first one is in a plum gradient and the second one is a sort of turquoise gradient.

Like you know I’m a bit stressed about what to bring to the show and worried if I have enough yarn or way too much. So I went ahead and placed an order from my supplier of undyed yarns and that just arrived today so I will be able to continue my dyeing now. This is what 14kg of undyed yarn looks like when delivered by the mailman www.knittinginfrance.com Yebb! Scary big or exciting big, depends on your mood of the day 🙂

Now for something that has nothing to do with knitting or fibre. I have told you about my work for a local charity for children with cancer. They will be doing a sale beginning of June to raise money for the organisation and my handmade jewelry has been a hit for them so they asked me if I would be willing to do some more for them. Of course I am, I love making jewelry and I love being able to help such a worthy cause. Here are some pictures of what I’ve done so far

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Do you dabble in handmade jewelry yourself? Do you buy handmade jewelry? I sometimes wonder if I should add this to my online Etsy shop as they seem to sell well for the charity and also my family and friends love what I make them – but of course family and friends are biased so…

Well that’s all for today my friends. I hope the weather is good where you are and that you enjoy your day and remember, the weekend is ALMOST here 🙂