To celebrate, I'm going to follow the lead of Janet and her Scarfaday blog. Yes, I'm going to make dye-a-day posts for the rest of February! By the time the month is up, I hope I'll be well into the habit of posting here, and of taking photographs of my fibre and yarns - the hardest part of the whole process! The rules that I'll try to stick to are as follows:
- This challenge initially runs through the rest of February;
- I'll commit to posting on weekdays, though if I get really inspired I might post at the weekend, too;
- I'll try to post a mixture of colourways and yarn/fibre types;
- Preparing for Textiles in Focus temporarily trumps the blog. If need be, I'll miss a day.
- Family trumps everything else, even yarn! I might wind up missing a few days if something big comes up.
Let's start with this gorgeous Bluefaced Leicester roving, in 'Peachy':
Bluefaced Leicester (aka 'BFL' or 'biffle') is a type of wool that is becoming increasingly popular. It is *fantastic* to spin, being almost as soft as merino, but with a longer staple, so it's easier for beginners. It felts well, if your tastes run that way, and produces lovely knitted and woven items that will be as non-scratchy as wool can be, and soft and warm to boot.
As a side note, I also love working with it because it is relatively easy for me to buy BFL that has been produced in the UK. This is really, really important to me, because I aim to produce fibres that have as gentle an environmental impact as I possibly can.