I felt so good about yesterdays stash tidying efforts that I felt inspired to do more of the same today but to the fibre stash this time. When I first started spinning I bought fibre like there was no tomorrow, and as a result I`m not absolutely sure what I have now, let alone where it all is. So it was a bit of a voyage of discovery for me, raking through the fibre bins!
Also I wanted to see what I had in stock, because one of the places I am looking forwards to visiting most this weekend is Wingham Wool Work, biggest specialist suppliers of fibre to handspinners in the UK. (So they say.) A great chance to top up the fibre stash with all sorts of yummy things.
Let me say now I do not need alpaca, silk threads or silk noils. I got really into spinning alpaca last year, just about the time The Alpaca Spinner first launched on Ebay and I was lucky enough to get some of her baby alpaca fleece before she got famous and expensive. Quite a lot of it, in fact....gorgeous stuff, very fine and...well, suffice to say I don`t need more alpaca at present. Also I cleared out The Natural Dye Studio of hand dyed silk threads and noils in their end of season sale last year. They had hand-dyed mulberry silk as well, but I don`t feel I`ve got too much of that, oh no....
I`ve got plenty of raw fleece up in the attic...in fact I`ve been working my way through it all sorting and washing it all because though we don`t have moths at present, I don`t want them in the future either and I read somewhere that moths prefer dirty fleece to clean. But most of my fleece is pretty pedestrian stuff and I see Winghams has a lot of unusual sheep breed fibre for sale, so I`m going to get a few bags of this and that just to try. Also I need black mohair to card with the last of my Ouessant fleece to make extra hard wearing yarn for the heels and toes of the Ouessant socks I intend to knit.
What else? Winghams have lots of dyed roving and silk, so I might be tempted to some of that. I want a couple of spare bobbins for the Mazurka before the old version ones become unobtainable. I`d like some half-sized handcarders for silk work. And....
Ah. Yes, the title of this post was indeed "Stashbusting #2". Did I clear any fibre out today? Ummm...no. But what I did find out was that I didn`t have as much as I thought, and what I did have was a bit unbalanced as to type. So as I sorted I was writing a shopping list, and that, I hope, will save me money on impulse buys. Maybe.
(And if you belive that, you`ll belive anything. Roll on Winghams!)