Tag Archives: wool

Friday Finds – It’s Wool Week!

18 Oct

‘It’s Wool Week!’ by The Candy Tree

Some woolly delights – all in celebration of Wool Week!


Hand Knitted poncho with wav…

$85

Hot Water Bottle with Hand K…

$19.99

Chunky Knit British Wool Thr…

$140

iPhone Sleeve – Grey Wool Fe…

$22

100% Scottish Pure New Wool …

$6

Wool Felt. 100% organic wool…

$9.95

British Blue Faced Leicester…

$4.99

Whitefaced Woodland Hand Dye…

$8

Stunning Throw Blanket Throw…

$120

White Owl” Felted wool …

$134

Fox Mittens Fox Mittens in L…

$46

Wool Roving- Gray Shetland K…

$5.5

Vintage English Pure Wool Ch…

$25

10 Wool Felted Felt Stars – …

$2.99

Pastels Bundle – Merino Wool

$10

PASTELS Premium Wool Blend F…

$5.5

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Treasury – Sweet, sweet Spring

15 Mar

‘Sweet, sweet Spring’ by The Candy Tree

A selection of sweet pastels, perfect for Spring.  All of these shops are offering free UK postage with the use of Coupon Code FREEMARCH13.  Find more products included in this offer right here – http://etsy.me/YxjvPu

Pink Nebula Galaxy Earrings …

$14

Pink Cute Monster Custom Plu…

$40

Guerrero Porcelain Ring Band…

$36

Origami Rose Necklace Fabric…

$24.5

Elephant bracelet hipster st…

$13.5

Womens lace shawl / scarf – …

$75

Beaded Dangle Earrings, OOAK…

$18

Violet Pastille Ring. Copper…

$12

Hand Dyed Sock yarn, Merino…

$20

Burgundy Rose Beaded Bracele…

$14

Botanical Flower Watercolour…

$45

Summer Yellow & Green Blosso…

$39.5

Hoop wall art Swallows in fl…

$16

Vintage lilac ring adjustabl…

$12

Pink Bow Hair Clips Crochet …

$5

Silk carrier rods, hand dyed…

$2.5

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Don’t forget that The Candy Tree is also offering free UK postage for the rest of March – just use Coupon Code FREEMARCH13 at checkout! www.TheCandyTree125.Etsy.com

Treasury – Spring has Sprung

2 Mar

‘Spring has Sprung!’ by The Candy Tree

A wonderful selection of spring goodies.  All of these items are available with free UK postage for the month of March – simply use Coupon Code FREEMARCH13 at checkout!


Teal & Turquoise Tree Painti…

$115

English Rose Scented Organic…

$3.4

Silk cocoons, hand dyed – br…

$3

Emerald heart bracelet turqu…

$24

Handspun yarn uk knitting su…

$9.99

Cherry Pink Ribbon Necklace …

$25

Rabbit Brooch, Zigzag Geomet…

$6

Frida silver plated floral b…

$45

Womens Blue Scarf Dusk Blue…

$10

Brown and teal peacock frame…

$19.5

Purples green yellow light…

$12.75

Glass Bottle Lavendar Twirls…

$16

Wide Cuff Perspex Bangle, Pi…

$55

Celtic Love Heart Cross Stit…

$17.99

Glitter Turquoise Fossil Ear…

$50

Pink & Blue Lampwork Glass N…

$40

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Yarns Made from Different Sheep Breeds – a Kickstarter Project

29 Dec

As I learn more and more about knitting, I have been discovering that there is a wide range of wool and yarns available to knit with…actually there is an overwhelming number of different types of yarn and wool to use, each with their own distinctive qualities.

iusa_75x75.20584239_m0uwIt can be difficult to know which type of yarn is best for your project and there will always be an element of trial and error.  One of my fellow Etsyians, Kouture Crochet, has decided to tackle this issue by creating a Kickstarter project which will offer backers the opportunity to trial many varieties of different wool breeds.106b44acc2d388a240ebc41f3406ad09_large

Kouture Crochet provides more info below:

“What is the project?

The goal of the project is simply to bring single sheep breed yarns to market in an affordable and user-friendly way.

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a great “crowd-funding” resource. It allows everyday individuals to fund an idea they like or want to see become a reality. Additionally kickstarter can allow backers to help shape how an idea comes to life. I believe that because this project is intended to help fill a need within the knitting, crocheting and weaving worlds, it is the best format for this project.

Why yarn?

As a professional fiber artist, I found there to be a lack of easy to pick up and learn about natural yarns. It’s easy to grab a ball of 100% Acrylic yarn, but what if you want a 100% natural wool yarn perfect for a rug, baby blanket or a sweater. Right now there is no easy way to try different breeds of wool to see which is best. This project hopes to fill that gap.

Why single breed yarns?43e17b5d1ea1c399a8a98b8a5ecd3d51_large

Just as different breeds of dogs are bred for different jobs, throughout the last few centuries different regions and groups of people bred sheep to fulfil different needs. Some breeds were bred for their meat or wool or both. Wool of sheep bred for their wool will have different characteristics, usually softer and higher yields. Wool from animals bred for their meat varies greatly and is full of surprises.

The best way to know “what is what” is to feel the yarn and work with it. However, there are hundreds of breeds and thousands of varieties. One skein of single breed yarn can be anywhere from $15 – $50 (approximately £9 – £31). As a result most of us do not have the means to try more than a few breeds in a lifetime.

I have narrowed down the list to just 25 breeds. Most are fairly common and fairly easy to find. These breeds vary greatly from the insanely soft, rare and colorful California Variegated Mutant to the workaday, affordable Masham. There is the silky Polwarth and the rough and sturdy Jacob and so much more.

Will these be the same as single breed yarns that I might buy from my regular wool shop?

These yarns are handspun by me in my own style. Mill spun yarns will be much more uniform, hand spun yarns from other spinners will have their own characteristics based on the style of the artist who spun them.

Additionally, individuals in a breed or a herd will have their own features as well. This is part of the complexity and fun of single breed yarns. Most of these yarns come from small producers with their own unique style. However, the goal is to give knitters, crocheters, and weavers a sense of what a breed can be. For example, Merino from different areas and of different fineness will vary but it is certainly different to Welsh fiber and yarn.”

If you would like to get involved in the project, simply click here to be taken to the website.

My Holiday Wish List

17 Oct

Shopping on Etsy is dangerous…I’ve been hunting around looking for goodies to buy for Christmas presents, but keep getting distracted by all of the handmade delights to be had…

I thought I would take a break from shopping for others and share a selection of my favourites 🙂

Silver Twig Ring by Michael Lionel

As always, I instantly fall in love with anything related to nature and especially trees.

Yarn Bowl by Red Hot Pottery

Anything to keep my wool under control would be a wonderful addition to my living room – and it’s my favourite colour!

Manos Del Uruguay Wool by Chirpbyroz

I have a cupboard full of wool at the moment so I’m not allowed to buy any more but I just love the rich tones featured in this skein!

Treasury – Autumnal Tones

8 Aug

‘Autumnal Tones’ by TheCandyTree125

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. The beautiful colours, romantic walks in the evening and kicking up the leaves – this selection of goodies sums it all up beautifully!

I’ve entered this treasury into the SEOTeam Treasury Competition on Etsy.  To help me win please click here to be taken to the original treasury on Etsy and help me increase my view count.  Thanks for your help!

As always, if you would like more details on a particular item – just click on the picture to be taken to the relevant Etsy shop.


Vintage Orange Floral Tote B…

$37.00

Mosaic Trivet, Candle Holder…

$22.00

Leather necklace variety of …

$35.00

Custom Cowl or Infinity Scar…

$32.00

Golden Yellow Sunrise landsc…

$20.00

Brown ribbon bracelet gold p…

$14.00

Fall Napkins, Cloth Dinner N…

$36.00

Original Abstract Modern Sun…

$37.00

Wall Hanging Birds Hand Embr…

$95.00

rose gold tragus earring tra…

$190.00

Organic Cotton Yarn Lion Bra…

$6.75

Leaf Necklace Vintage Fabric…

$15.00

August Sale – Pumpkin Vegan …

$5.00

Fabric bowl gold rust fall a…

$17.99

Fall Wreath, Twig Berry Wrea…

$15.00

Fabric Bead necklace. Purple…

$22.80

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A Scarf for Every Budget

27 Jul

With this recession and all I’ve been thinking a lot about material costs lately and trying to keep mine as low as possible.   I’ve avoided more expensive and luxurious wools like malabrigo merino and instead headed for acrylics, polyester and wool/acrylic blends.  (I’d like to add that I also use these yarns because I think the end result looks fab and they seem to be popular!) 

Red Tango Ribbon Scarf

I also look out for good deals and cheaper places to source my yarns so that I can keep my prices at a reasonable level.  For example I’ve just managed to source my ribbon yarn for a cheaper price than before and as a result my Tango Ribbon Scarves are now more than 10% cheaper !

Although we’ve all been hit financially in some way or another, I’ve also realised that there must still be plenty of people out there who would happily pay a bit more for a good quality, luxuriously thick woollen scarf.  Afterall, a lot of hours goes into knitting a full length wool scarf so not only are you paying for the more expensive material, but for the labour as well.

Purple Malabrigo Merino Cable Scarf

My aim for this year and next is to focus on creating a wide range of good quality, hand knitted scarves made from a variety of materials in order to suit all budgets.  From the cheaper, fluffy polyester scarves right up to the more expensive malabrigo merino wool numbers, each scarf would be knitted with love. 

In recent times I’ve been hesitant to invest in the luxurious brands of wool for fear that the finished scarves will be deemed too expensive and sit unwanted in the back of my shop.  In the meantime I have been using a merino wool/acrylic blend which is 70% merino wool and 30% acrylic.

Red Merino/Acrylic Blend Ribbed Scarf

My question for you is this – how much would you be willing to spend on a scarf that was hand knitted with luxurious, top quality wool?  I’m just looking for ball park figures here , but would be so grateful if you would leave a comment below!

Treasury – A Scottish Tribute

25 Jul

‘A Scottish Tribute’ by TheCandyTree125

This is a tribute to Scotland – my beautiful home!  Please click on the pictures to be taken to the relevant Etsy shops for full details.


The Elizabeth of Glamis Life…

$95.00

Beach Pottery, Cream, Base R…

$9.99

Silver Squares and Sea Glass…

$25.00

Hand Turned Wooden Scottish …

$24.00

Hand Painted Scottish Celtic…

$16.00

Harris Tweed Kindle eBook S…

$32.00

Scottish Highland Landscape …

$35.00

My Bonnie Dearie – Little S…

$36.00

Letterpress Scottish Terrier…

$3.20

Fabric Buttons – Scottish Ta…

$3.50

Bellhaven Bay Scotland Origi…

$7.50

Scottish Seascape, Findhorn …

$25.00

100% Scottish Pure New Wool …

$6.00

Scottish sea pottery necklac…

$9.00

Leslie Tartan Scotland

$60.00

Scottish tartan used by Vivi…

$95.00

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Treasury – Summer is Calling

14 Jun

‘Summer is Calling’ by The Candy Tree

These fun, bright pastel shades remind me that summer is here (despite the gloomy British weather!!)

Click on an image to be taken to the relevant Etsy shop for full details.


Ice Cream Earrings – Pastel …

$16.00

Pastel Flowers Necklace, pap…

$7.50

pastel pink princess / blush…

$79.00

crochet penny garland… Pol…

$36.00

Summer Jewelry, Pastel Multi…

$24.00

Felt Pastel Pink Grey Neckla…

$32.00

Paisley Earrings , Pastel pa…

$17.00

Journal, colorful summer fun…

$20.00

SALE Pastel Button Necklace …

$13.00

Colourful brooch, tiny contr…

$12.00

The Fairy-tale City Wall Clo…

$40.00

Long Necklace in Turquoise, …

$37.00

Summer Dreams Handspun Hand …

$20.00

Summer Pastel Wrap Bracelet …

$18.00

Spring Flowers – A4 Print

$14.50

Flower Necklace, Bird, Bride…

$27.99

Treasury – Fruity Delights

11 Jun

‘Fruity Delights’ by thecandytree125

A selection of yummy fruity delights to make your mouth water!  Simply click on an image to be taken to the relevant Etsy shop for full details.  Enjoy!

 


Sweet Lemon Cream Soap Handm…

$5.75

Green Flower Photography Lem…

$25.00

Frosted Turquoise Lime Strip…

$15.00

Wedding Cake Topper, Crochet…

$10.00

Burning orange OOAK- Merino/…

$18.50

Hand painted heels – Lemon a…

$66.00

Unique lime bracelet, Abstra…

$30.95

Button Bracelet, Tangerine, …

$9.50

Buttons in LEMON SHERBET x 1…

$7.00

Lemons Signed Print Small

$19.00

Orange Seahorse portrait, Or…

$40.00

ACEO lemon and lime for a co…

$10.00

Orange summer versatile neck…

$16.00

Kitchen Art – Orange Lemon &…

$40.00

Fuschia/Lemon – Dual Coated …

$3.65

Lemon felt coaster set

$12.00