New Art Batts Created by Alba Ranch

I have carded up almost 60 art batts for the shop.  Sold some at the Colorado Springs Distaff Day in January and the rest have been recently added to the shop.  They are really great colors and it was hard to list them and not spin them myself.

Melisa's Carded Art Batts

To celebrate what a good girl I was in not spinning up the for sale batts, I did card up some a few nights ago just for me to spin.


Melisa's Carded Art Batts



Here are a few photos.  feel free to drool away.


Melisa's Carded Art Batts




These batts are made from Hand Painted Cheviot Roving using Greener Shades Acid Dye for color.  There is some wonderful Corriedale x CVM in a natural extreme dark brown, white fine Merino roving, stark white Milk Protein, golden Honey Tussah Silk, and two colors of Angelina.  I splashed out on all my favorite luxury fibers and can’t wait to spin these batts.  I keep seeing a wonderful 2 ply Double Knit Yarn that I might crochet into a wide and long open lace shawl, maybe make a set of arm warmers that will lace up from my wrists to my elbows and if there is still more left over maybe a scarf?  hat??  full ensemble?

Melisa's Carded Art Batts

More Hand Painted Yarns and Rovings for the shop!

Autumn 1

I am happy to post the last 5 of the 10 new items in the shop.  This first one is Autumn 1.  In the Autumn dye pot, I had two rovings of Cheviot wool.  They are both very different and still work well together.  Amazes me how they dye takes differently in the same dye pot.

These rovings and yarns are available for sale in the shop and you can always check on the Alba Ranch Face Book Page for more photos and updates.

Autumn 2


The Second treat of the day is Autumn 2.   It is the second roving that was in the Autumn dye pot.  They are very different but do work together with those lovely colors.  Autumn 2 has more of the orange and rust colors than Autumn 1 has.

Sunshine and Grass 1



Sunshine and Grass 1 is a 2 ply spider thin lace weight hand painted and hand dyed 100% Angora Rabbit skein of yarn.  In the Sunshine and Grass dye pot, I had 3 skeins of yarn that were various types of wool.  It was interesting to see how the various types of yarn took the dye.  The Angora seemed to really like the color.

Sunshine and Grass 2


Sunshine and Grass 2 is a hand painted and hand dyed 100% merino 3 ply sport weight skein of yarn.  This is 1 of 3 in the dye lot.  This merino is home grown on Alba Ranch and is from White Mama the Merino ewe.


Sunshine and Grass 3

Sunshine and Grass 3 is a hand painted and hand dyed spider thin lace weight 100% Angora Rabbit skein of yarn.  This is the last of the new dyed fibers to the shop for now.  I did dye 10 more skeins of Angora yarn which were drying last night.  I think I may be using some of those in some projects so not sure on which to list as of yet.  Stayed tuned for more to come!