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Snowberry & Lime handspun yarns

Luxury and art yarns handspun by Veronika von Allmen

Updated: 2016-09-08T04:26:40.510+00:00


A whole new product range for December!


It's here already! We've reached the first of December! As pretty much every year, it seems to have gone by incredibly fast and all the fine plans of being more prepared this year have gone with the wind.Either way, it's time to crack on with my holiday gift crafting, I once again have several handknit projects planned, small and manageable of course, but being handspun it still always takes longer than one might think. Having said that, the beauty of chunky handspun yarn is that the knitting goes fast!Well, for my little etsy yarn shop I've also made some mad preparations and I will finally be introducing a new product line, which I know at least some of my lovely customers have been asking about for a very long time. I hope the way I have gone with it meets approval and delights at least some people!....anyway, without further ado, I have decided to add a *small* selection of speciality fibres and hand carded batts to my shop! These are the same materials I use in my own yarns and would be brilliant for spinning, felting or lots of other textile crafts.Handspun yarns will of course still remain my main focus and a fresh batch is about to hit the shop as well, but..... for all those who want to go one more step back with their supplies, these are seriously cuddly!In my first batch we have a few selected carded batts, Pure Tussah as well as Mulberry silk braids, silk caps, degummed silk cocoons and some Wensleydale wool.I'm still practising my batt photography, at the moment they still look sooo much better in person! Please do pop over to check them out, the coupon code BATTY20 will be valid until the end of Cyber Monday and will get you 20% off anything in my shop![...]

The crazy year that is 2013


Hello dear blogging friends! Despite the fact that I *was* planning on spending less time blogging, I didn't expect to write my first post of 2013 in November.... even I will admit that is a bit late! I'm not sure if anyone still hangs out around here or sees this in their feed, if you do, thank you so much for your loyalty!

Either way, let me tell you about a few things that have happened this year so far. Last Winter my big obsession were freeform crochet hats and whilst I am spending my time doing other things again as well, I still do love making those hats and have plenty of them that still need to be photographed and listed!

Late last year at some point I also finally finished my beekeeper's quilt, but after having used it a few days my worries came true and the knots just didn't keep the whole blanket together. It was rather devastating after having spent so much time on it, but I did start sewing the hexis together individually on all seams. I'm at this point about half way done and am fully intending to finish within the next few months. Although I can't say it's been a massive priority, as it is currently usable, just a few more seams to go the other direction, so not too bad.

Well, the really big thing this year has been that I got married to the best guy ever, my best friend and partner of 9 years! We had a lovely weekend of celebrations in my home country of Switzerland, followed by a cute little honeymoon in Paris. We were lucky to have some of our very closest friends come join us, despite lots of travel involved for some. We had friends from so many nations united, off the top of my head we had the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, the US, the Netherlands and Japan in attendance. Not bad for a group of 30 guests! :)

So yes, it's been a pretty eventful year for us already and there is more to come yet!

Hello autumn! And say hello to my new handspun freeform crochet hats!


Hello! It's time for my quarterly blog post! ;P

I know the rest of the world has been struggling with a heat wave, but not so in the UK, so despite the fact that it is only late August, I'm already completely in autumn mode and have started wearing more layers of scarves and other woolens...

This year I am really and truly excited, because after years of planning and quietly crafting, I am finally able to present a brand new item in my little etsy shop! Over the coming weeks there will be plenty of hats presenting themselves. They stem from my desire to create something beautiful out of some of my handspun yarns, which were just too labour intensive or to small to make it into the shop as yarns... Many of these hats feature some of my favourite ever yarns and lots of different art yarns with beads and other trinkets!

All of them are handmade by me using the finest yarns. To give more choice there will be two lines:
1 - the all handspun, lots of art yarns, way over the top hat designs
2 - slightly simpler designs reminiscent of 1920s cloche designs featuring handspun yarns as well as Noro Kochoran, a commercially spun high end colour transitioning yarn with lots of snuggly angora combined with wool and silk. (See the sneak peek below)

Both are intended to be showstoppers and true works of wearable art! It helps that they're also so cosy and warm - I know I'll be wearing mine all winter. :)

Anyway, they'll be coming soon, so keep an eye out for them!

To blog or not to blog


Hello friends,

to blog or not to blog; this is a question I do often ask myself. I love the idea of blogging, as it gives space for pictures, but also lots of text to tell the story. Twitter has always been a little short for my taste, although I am on there occasionally. At the same time, I couldn't resist some of the newer ways of communicating, especially pinterest has currently stolen my heart. Barely any text, but lots of lovely pictures. Of course it's an entirely different space, it's not about me, it's about the things I love and the things that inspire me. Do pop by if you're on pinterest yourself, I'm always looking for new boards to follow. :)

Now what I'm really trying to say is that it is perfectly possible and plausible that there might not be all that many blog posts this year, writing an entry worth reading takes time, time that currently gets taken by other things, including sewing and crafting. I am however a lot more active on facebook and would love it if you could stop by there and perhaps even follow my crafting in this way. Posts are shorter, but there is the option of going into detail and of course links and picture galore.
Ps, if you're not on facebook, my feed there goes on to twitter directly, so that's another way to follow.

I'm not saying this blog will be abandoned, but just felt like sharing where I currently hang out. :)

Wasn't it only just Christmas??


After a rather busy Christmas, New Year and birthday, things are slowly getting back to normal and I myself am getting back into my more normal crafting routines. Around christmas, every minute was spent creating some pretty (at least I think so) gifts and I continued obsessing about my beekeeper's quilt, which is still going well, albeit a little slower.

This is quite an old picture now, but still one of my favourite quilt in progress ones. :)

It was our first christmas at our place and it turned out we really hadn't bought quite that many lovely glass baubles over the years as I thought - so off to do some crafting! I grabbed some old linen and lovely cotton nottingham lace as well as some old lace bits and one of my favourite supplies, mother of pearl buttons.... and started stitching away. They turned out rather lovely and I might make it a little tradition to add one or two every year from now on. :)

The last picture shows our tree last christmas, not the best of pictures, but as always, a lovely nordman fir with real candles and glass baubles. :)

The Beekeeper's quilt


(image) If you have spent any time on ravelry recently, you have probably encountered the beekeeper's quilt somewhere along the road...
The pattern has only been around for a few short months, but the ingenuity of not having to line a throw, being able to use up leftover sock scraps and having the gratification of having tiny little finished objects all the time must have helped to make this pattern a bit of a phenomenon!
This picture is off her blog, I hope Stephanie can forgive me for 'borrowing' it. :) Most yarns in the original are koigu, a yarn that is quite hard to find in the UK and if you do, don't forget to empty your savings account beforehand because you will need it! I can't quite justify the expense, so will mainly be working with my own hand dyed sock yarns and leftovers from my sock knitting.

This pattern actually came at the exact right time for me as I have amassed quite a stash of sock yarns, but have finally realised that I am really not much of a sock knitter, or at least that I have knitted all the patterns I wanted to try out (my running total of finished pairs of socks is approaching two dozen). Either way, I have already started picking whole skeins out of my stash and will probably add a few mini skein sets to my etsy shop to make good use out of the rest of it. :) If anybody wants to do some swapping, I'd most likely be up for that as well!

(image) Anyway, here is my current progress of yet to be stuffed little hexipuffs, as those little cuties are called. I've been using up some Noro sock yarn as well and will be using some thin handspun later on. Considering I only started four days ago I'm not doing too badly. ;) Is anybody else knitting one?

Autumn is nearly here. :D


I don't know how this happened, but when I slipped behind on the Tour de Fleece I just kind of disappeared of the blogosphere..... it happens! :P

Anyway, I have since spun some beautiful things, including two SALs about which I'll post later with pictures, yummy.

Other than that my sewing machine has also had a rare outing and I finally finished a bag from years ago - I love it so much! It's got bamboo handles and a tweedy body with hand appliqued tweed flowers and intricate pearl and gemstone embroidery on top of that. Lined in adorable floral cotton.

I've looked through my sketches as Autumn is already nearly upon us (I know, where did Summer go!) and am embracing the theme for A/W this year, which will also be revealed soon with the first few yarns and special items to go in the shop. :D

What else is new? A yes, I've become a bit of a 'pinterest' addict! Don't know what took me this long, but I suppose you can't jump on every bandwaggon....
Here is my link if you're on there as well:

I've mainly been creating my perfect wardrobe over there recently.

More soon!!

TDF Day 7, 8 and 9


Day 7:After all that dyeing last week I was really looking forward to carding up some beautiful batts and all in the spirit of the cirque de fleece group, this is what I prepared first:It's a colourful mix of organic Merino, BFL locks, Kent Romney locks with some hand dyed Tussah silk as dark as the midnight sky, some undyed Tussah silk and golden Angelina. Those two batts are a total of 140g or 5oz, nice and chunky. :) I spun them up into a thick and thin yarn to show off the texture. Day 8:I finally started to embrace my personal theme, the snake charmer. Two batts I carded up were in a range of shiny greens, aided by dark tussah silk. The first batt I took along to work to spindle (see how well the fibre goes with my new key lime spindle? :P), the second one was to become an art yarn with some blobs of red Angelina sparkle. The last picture shows the finished skein together with a hand dyed pure Wensleydale yarn I spun yesterday.Day 9:Today I have done some more carding, the only picture I have is of a little piece of batt to be spun up. The last bobbin shot shows what I am spinning up right now, it's a thick and thin yarn which will be plied with another thick and thin ply.Oh, and sorry about the picture overload. :P [...]

TDF Days 4, 5 and 6!


On day 4 I spun a very thick and thin yarn from a very similar batt to the one from day 2:
It's such a fluffy yarn, I can't wait to knit this up into something cosy....


On day 5 I had a go at some of those silk cocoons I just dyed up. The dye didn't go all the way through, but it gives the white a nice touch of colour. I spun it into a textured single to be plied. As one of my goals during this tour I really wanted to use up the neglected singles on my many bobbins, so whilst watching the apprentice last night I plied up these three yarns in the third picture. From left to right: the cocoon silk plied with hand processed brown Alpaca, the cocoon silk plied with organic cotton, organic cotton plied with Merino/Mulberry silk.

On day 5 (so today), I did another lot of dyeing and spun a simple single yarn. The fourth picture shows just a small part of all the freshly dyed goods and the last picture today's yarn. :)

TDF Day 3


Ok, I'm really slacking on the blogging here, but daily posts are quite a push for me. :) I didn't have all that much time for spinning today, but I spindled a little at work - it's organic Merino wool:

TDF Day 2


 Right, day 2, slightly belated. I spent the whole day dyeing up a storm! My new best, 5 full pots and I can't wait to spin with the fibre. :)
I've also carded up a sweet little batt and spun it into a single yarn - I'm a little bit in love!

A big welcome to the Tour de Fleece!! Day 1


Yes, it's back and it started today!! I am once again proud team member of Laila of LaiGrai's amazing team - this year the focus is vintage carnival and my inspiration is the snake charmer. :)

Handily my fresh fibre order just arrived in time as well - it might not look like much, but this is about 20kg of different fibre ranging from BFL locks through soy silk to Mulberry silk and golden Angelina (yummy). When I got back from work I started a cocoon yarn with the dyed fibre and white linen. The last picture shows my latest project: degumming silk. Not sure if it will work yet, but I accidentally ordered gummed silk throwsters waste, so it has to be done.

My spin along yarn :)


Yeah, that spin along....

Well, I had a bit of an issue, I went to charge the battery in my camera, put it back in and suddenly it stopped working! I loved that camera! Anyway, got myself a new one now, fancier of course and I really like it as well.

Sooooo, without further ado, I present to you my Lai Grai SAL yarn:

Pretty new spindle :)


A while ago I saw a gorgeous turkish spindle on Ravelry and decided I just had to have it... Unfortunately the seller was out of the particular wood I wanted so I waited patiently. Finally, it was available again and I can now call one of the large ones my own! You may be aware that I only use turkish spindles and I am now slowly accumulating a nice little collection. My new beauty (in 'key lime') fits right in and really spins very well!

The seller is on Etsy and is called Threadsthrutime, have a look if you are into colourful turkish spindles!

My handspun shrug and shop update!


I've finished my shrug and am actually very happy with how it turned out! The pictures are a little awful, hence just a Ravelry link to the project here, hopefully I'll get a better picture soon. :)

My SAL yarn is also finished, I am hoping to wash it today so pictures should be coming soon.

A shop update is also under way, as I've finally gotten around to weighing and measuring a whole bunch of yarns!

Little preview:

I've joined a spin along...


...and it's time to get my art yarn mojo back in action! I've joined the most recent of Laila's amazing spin alongs over on Lai Grai's ravelry group, where some of my most favourite spinners hang out!
First off I received a goodie pack containing a textured batt and lots of little trinkets. The theme was 'vintage', so I knew straight away that it was one I had to join! There were some extra fibres, silk cocoons, ribbons, fabric strips, wooden beads, beautiful linen thread....

From the beginning I planned on carding up some more fibre myself to beef up my skein, so I went ahead and dug up some matching fibres - I am due to do some dyeing, so my choices were a little limited, but to 'vintage' I can always mix something together. :) The batt in the front is Laila's gorgeous piece, the two simpler ones out back are my additions.
The last picture shows the pieces I decided to include in the yarn, threaded and ready to go. I mixed in some bling in the form of golden sequins, golden ric rac and matte golden glass beads threaded in groups of 7 onto Laila's linen thread.

Pictures of the finished yarn coming soon!!

Sam the Chameleon


It's been pretty quiet around here, one of the main reasons is that we were getting our first pet and it took a loooot of research to understand these amazing little dudes. :D
Now I don't want to become one of those people who just keeps posting pics of their pets, but when it is as adorable as little Sammy...... here's a shot of him just after having moved in last week anyway!
He's a Panther chameleon and should be any shade of green or blue once he's fully grown. I'm sure his colours will inspire a few yarns in the meantime.

I've been pretty obsessed with Chameleons since seeing one in the wild on my trip to India a good few years ago (2004? 2005?). I even painted a huge acrylic painting of one, because I didn't think I would ever get a real one. :D They're just amazing animals, oogley eyes, the cutest little pegs as feet, colour changing and let's not forget their long tongues and twirly tails!!

Handspun shrug


I started knitting a little shrug with one of my handspun yarns, the style is a thin textured single, something I spin quite a lot for the shop, but also for my personal use. :) I dyed some organic Merino wool in different shades of yellow and carded it up with undyed Merino wool, white linen, some silk and silk noil and a dash of golden Angelina sparkle. I hope the yarn will be enough for the main part of this shrug and then I'll spin a complementary yarn for the ribbing around it. More details on my Ravelry page. The pattern is from Drops, who I really like for their versatile free patterns and their yarns are very reasonably priced as well, although I haven't yet worked with any of it.
I really like how it is coming along so far, it's a great pattern for handspun yarns!

(image) The last picture is from the Drops page, just to give you an idea of how it should look in the end. :)
Of course mine is a little chunkier and nice and yellow!

Sweet scarf creation using one of my yarns


The very talented Amber of Raimbowtree has created this scarf using a handspun and hand dyed golden Tussah silk yarn of mine as well as yarns by two other etsy artists. It's a nice and chunky scarf and is for sale here.

I actually own a Raimbowtree headband myself - I just love her colourful and flowery designs!

S/S 2011 in fashion and yarn


Quite a while ago I was contemplating that it would be really nice to bring handspun yarns a little closer to the world of fashion and use a seasonal approach. I am interpreting this idea very loosely and am planning to add two themed collections a year to my other yarns which I will of course continue to spin as well. :)

For Spring and Summer I am living out my obsession with Bonsai trees. Expect to see natural colours, luscious greens and warm browns. The picture above shows some of the skeins soon to be listed in my etsy shop, but there are many more on their way. :)

Wonderwool 2011


Wonderwool is upon us! I will be going for some shopping myself on the Saturday (tomorrow, yay!), but in case you are going, a lovely friend is taking along a selection of my yarns to purchase on stall N5 (and you should check it out, she makes pretty yarn bowls). :)

I can't wait! My shopping list is huge and I am definitely planning on exploring lots!

First art exhibition!!


(image) I don't really know where to start, so let's just say I am sooooooo incredibly excited about having my work exhibited in the gorgeous Hotel Hadley Studios in North Carolina! :)

The exhibition features a whole variety of fibre artists and is called 'Gay for eagles'. It explores themes of gender, sexuality, war and peace.

If you are in the area at all, it will be open from the 15th of April to the 14th of May and you should definitely stop by!

The picture shows a close-up of one of my contributions; I created several pieces of embroidery featuring art yarns I spun specifically for this exhibition.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the amazing Drucilla Pettibone for organising this!

I'm still spinning and dyeing. :)


(image) 2 months since my last post, really? Is anyone still out there?

Well, I have kept nice and busy, dyeing lots of fibres (mainly beautifully soft organic Merino and lovely curly BFL locks), having many house guests, working hard as well as reading, spinning and knitting.

There is some great news, which I will share in the next post. :)

Happy birthday!


The 2. 2. is my birthday. :) I'd love it if you would celebrate with me and decided to do a little special offer for the occasion.

For one day only (now until the end of the 2nd) any order of $35.- or more will get you a full sized skein of my hand dyed sock yarn for absolutely FREE!

I will pick a gorgeous skein from my collection, it could be something like this one....(image)

Handspun cashmere and silk yarn


I will admit, it's been quiet around here...

Let's play a bit of catch up!

One of my recent indulgences is 50% Mongolian Cashmere/ 50% A grade Mulberry silk fibre, which I have spun into this yarn here:

(image) It is available here.

This yarn is oh so soft and just a touch of pure luxury...

I've also been playing with lots more Wensleydale - it certainly isn't your average wool, sleek and with a halo closer to Kid Mohair than wool. Right now, a few skeins of hand dyed Wensleydale are drying, as opposed to the undyed Wensleydale lace I am already in love with!

More to come soon, certainly more pictures as well!