Wow! I can't believe we're in February already. I've had a fantastic start to the year with January being the busiest month so far for since Purple Sprouting came into being.
February has been full of custom dyes and dyeing preparation for the Te Kowhai Country Market Day on Saturday 10 February.
I received a request to create a 'superhero' colourway in reds, blues and blacks for a customer in South Africa. I had a lot of fun creating this striking colourway. The same customer also requested 3 skeins of my 'Zippy' colourway. I adore this colourway. It is chock full of vivid blues, pinks, greens, yellows and various blends thereof with lots of sublime speckles.
One of my crafty goals for 2018 is to improve my knitting skills. I'm a bit of newbie when it comes to knitting and am extremely slow. I've started out small and am almost finished with a baby poncho in my 'ínky pink' colourway. I was doing really well and was at the picking up stitches stage for the neck but completely messed it up so it was ripped back ready for a second attempt. It's currently sitting in the naughty corner until I feel ready to try again!
My other WIP is a crochet baby blanket using up some leftover white 4ply merino I've had sitting in my stash for quite some time. It's a simple pattern that works up quickly but looks lovely.
In a previous post I mentioned mine and Mr PS's trip back to the UK in September/October 2017. Well, before we came home we visited a small village Bourton on the Water which is your typical English village. It has a lovely river running through the centre with little stone bridges and shops built out of traditional English stone. This was where Mr PS found the Bourton Artisans. A hub for quality hand-crafted gifts, art and homeware. This was where I fell in love the some sheep related art by artist Annie Rowcraft.
We bought a signed giclée print called 'For Flocks Sake' and several sheep themed coasters. Anyway, I discovered Annie had recently set up her own website so I sent her an email letting her know how delighted I am with my sheep themed purchases and wondered if she might, at some stage consider creating a purple sheep, telling her about my indie dyed yarn business. Imagine my surprise when not only did I receive an email the very next day thanking me for getting in touch but Annie also attached a photo of a recent creation 'Purple Wind', inspired by the Prince song Purple Rain. I will definitely be making a purchase of some description from
Annie said she had checked out my website and loved my wool, saying "the colours were wonderful". It also turns out her granddaughter is engaged to a kiwi and living in Wellington. It's a small world we live in.