Shop Update: Shetland, Dorset, East Friesian, BFL, Iktomi, Phouka

Shop is Here

Fibers: Shetland, Dorset, East Friesian, BFL, Iktomi, Phouka

Colorways: (Androids Dream of) Electric Sheep, A Walk Through a Glade, Along a Mountain Path, Amethyst, Brushed Copper, Cotton Candy, Deep Burgundy Wine, Fieldmouse, Forest Walk, Fruit Salad, Greener Pastures, Nebula, Rain Wet Stone Wall, Spice, Summer Swimming, Sunbeam, Swamp Thing, Upon the Sea, Woodpecker


A note that two of the skeins of Iktomi have odd yardages, one high one low. My supplier mislabeled the yardage so it took me a while to figure out what to do that would work out evenly. Future skeins will be 680yds/622m (unless you ask for more/less, which I can totally do for you). And a photo of just the Iktomi because I actually did something like a full spectrum. And it shows the colors pretty well, in some ways better than individual photos.


Think that’s about it! Mokey says, “He’s finally running with me agaaaaain. More running? More more?”

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome

Shop Update: Lots of new stuff!

Shop is here

Ok we’ve got…

Fibers: Exmoor Mule/BFL, Charollais, Shetland, Columbia, Targhee, Jacob, more Texel, and the new yarn Kappa (Alpaca/Wool)

Colorways: Achlyos, Blooms on the Heath, Bluebird of Happiness, Brassworks, Cardinal Flower, Cotton Harlequin, Dahlias, Edge of Midnight, Garnet Ore, Golden Vanity, Green Grow the Rushes, Greener Then You, Iku-Turso, Into the Green, Iron Sky, It’s Not Easy Being Green, Lapis and Malachite, Maplewood, Midnight Magic, Mud Season, Nectarine, Old Copper Kettle (fiber and yarn), Owlet, Purple Emperor, Rodeo Rose, Rose Red, Sunrise, Swamp Thing, The Deep Magic, The King in Yellow, Upon the Sea


Like I said, new yarn! Kappa. This is a lovely soft, squishy, half alpaca half wool yarn. It’s quite nice and knits up warm squishy and delicious. I’ve got some other things to do, but I hope to post something knit with it soon. There’s a pattern I’m designing for it.

Charollais: Originating in France, Charollais is a downs type breed. Not merino soft, but this batch is beautifully dense and quite soft. Soft enough for almost all next to skin wear. A lovely wool from some happy sheep in Canada!

Columbia: This was one of the first U.S. breeds! They have soft, lofty wool very reminiscent of their Rambouillet predecessors. This is an excellent wool for spinning up delicious squeezable next to skin wear! Often considered a “medium” wool, I would classify it as “fine” especially this particular batch!

Oh, and I never talked about the Texel I put up last week. There’s more up now.

Texel: A Dutch downs wool, with great loft and memory. These sheep are big and boxy, bred mostly for meat and thus often looked over for their lovely springy wool! Reminiscent of Dorset to me. The yarn spins up surprisingly soft and very lofty even if you spin it worsted (though this is a carded prep so it won’t be “pure” worsted).

This is a three-ply worsted spun on a spindle, yarn. Thoroughly thwacked.


That’s all for now! Sorry the update went up so late, it took me longer than expected!

Gobo’s been crashed out against my foot

That’s all for now!
~The Gnome

Shop Update – A Panoply of Fibers, and Handspun!

The shop is, as always, here

A shop update! With an entirely new to the shop fiber, coopworth! Also an answer to a question at the end of the post.

Fibers: BFL, Shetland, Polwarth, Perendale, Coopworth, Corriedale, Jacob, Rambouillet, and Dorset

Colorways: Rusalka, Springtime, Fiddler’s Green, Sparrow’s Wing, Cupcakes, Sunburst, Spring Flowers, A Heady Brew, Stonework, Waterfall, Soft Tidepool, The Tide Turns, Moose, Walnut, Garnet Shadows, The Salmon of Knowledge, Crocus, Bluejeans, Shadows of the Green, and The Shore at Fife.

Handspun Yarns: Snowstorm, Rust, Sandstorm, Midnight Magic, Across the Sea, and Sunrise



Question: Diane asks – A question related to the protein fibers – do you know how the presence of the medula (sheep) vs a hollow core (alpaca) effects the dye take up? I’m assuming there are just fewer sites for the dyes to attach to but didn’t know if that was a simplistic explanation.

Answer: Not simplistic at all. The big difference is that alpaca scales are much shorter and less numerous than on wool. This provides less binding locations, but also makes the fiber less likely to felt and feel more silky.

That’s all for now, more coming!

~The Gnome

Shop Update: Jacob and Phouka

Allo all! Right, it’s been a while, again. Job hunt continues. Some promising things, others not so much.

Shop update!

Today we have yarn (Phouka) and fiber (jacob). Lovely stuff both, but some notes…

Phouka: The Phouka yarn has been increased in length from 400y to 400m giving people another 37 yards of leeway when making socks. If you need larger skeins, feel free to ask for larger skeins, I’m happy to dye them! I’m also likely going to start dyeing a few “Big Phouka” skeins at 600m a skein, but these will be fewer in number.

Jacob: This is an awesome roving from a lovely flock of spoiled rotten sheep down south. As it is roving, it’s much puffier than the top I carry. This limits me in how much I can dye at once. Most colorways are only available in single 4oz batches. If you would like 8oz of a colorway, email me and I can attempt it for you.

Now, the actual stuff!

Yarn Colorways: Deep Sea, Paprika, Sunrise, Dusk, Sunset Over the Trees, Crocus, Zombie! (Little Phouka), and Mountain Paths


Jacob Colorways: Old Barn Door, Farewell to the Gold, Red Clay Halo, Rusalka, Spring Flooding, Midnight, Leaf Pile, Heart of the Forest, Amethyst Fractures, Purple Finch


Upcoming… ecclectic collections! I’ll be clearing out the last of some fiber types to make way for more. Also, I’ve got a bunch coopworth and corriedale waiting. Soon as the funds are rejuvenated, I’ll be putting in another order of the most popular fibers.

And now, before we go… your terminal cuteness of the day, awkward sleeping positions! No, Dad, it’s really comfy!


~The Gnome

Finally a shop update: SALE! Scarves, Exmoor, Yarn

Ok first, the SALE! Part. There’s a holiday sale in the Gnomespun shop. Yarns and the new scarves are discounted! Also, any order will receive a free upgrade to priority shipping in order to get it to you before the holiday.

The Gnomespun Shop

Ok. Yarn and fiber…

In Phouka: Swampland, Sun and Sand
Falkland: Rosy Finch, The Princess’ Petticoats, Forest Shadows
Exmoor Mule: Dark Spanish Shawl, Scarlet O’Hara, Waterfall, Moose


And a new addition to the Gnomespun family, light silk and silk/wool scarves. These are discounted right now because they are new, and because I thought they’d make extra nice gift-exchange or stocking stuffer gifts. They are, however, hard to get good photos. If they’re popular I may need to get myself something to hang them on.

These come in two sizes and two varieties.

Small: 8″x54″ these are small ascot style scarves, very nice. They come in both 100% silk and the 63%/37% Silk/Wool blend.

Large: 11″60″ these are just a little longer and wider. They can be worn either as light shawls or as scarves. Long enough to double over and still have a bit left hanging down. These only come in the Silk/Wool blend right now.

Colorways: Thistle, Sunflowers, Dark Nebula, War for the Oaks, Oil Slick, Among the Roses, Islands in the Rain, Heart of the Fire, The Rising Flame, Smoke and Fire, Blood in the Water, Pollen, Earth and Sky, Windowpanes, Sea and Sunset.


That’s all for now. More blog posts coming soon, and hopefully another shop update before xmas (we’ll see, stuff keeps being… stufflike).

~The Gnome