Friday, April 24, 2009

My April Phat Fiber Box

I think that this was the best Phat Fiber Box EVER! But that may have had something to do with the theme. April's theme was "Green: Eco/The Color" and I was really glad to see that so many people went with the eco theme! I wish I had time to talk about all of the samples I received, but I do want to feature a few of them. If you have questions about any of the samples you see in the picture, just post a comment about it and I'll get you the info.


I got samples from two of my favorite ladies: a magnet from Banana Migraine and recycled fabric spun yarn from Dawning Dreams:

Look at this beautiful, soft, and fluffy angora from Desired Haven Farm:

I'm really excited to try this plantable paper from Winemakerssister. It's a sample that will last all season! And the shop has some of the cutest sheep stamps!

Plum Crazy Ranch donated fun samples of 3 different fibers, tussah silk, silk noil, and Optim. I'd never heard of Optim before so I looked it up: it's wool that has been treated to feel like silk- isn't that neat?

The next two samples were my absolute favorites and I spun them up immediately!

Milk fiber from Moonwood Farm:

And wool/ecospun (recycled soda bottles) from Wild Hare Fiber Studio:

They became this "Ahoy Matey!" 2-ply:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Year of Natural Fibers

I've got a few links for the devoted fiber artist to check out!

For me, fiber arts isn't just about knitting, spinning, fun colors and textures. It's about learning about the animals that create the fiber I love, and the traditions that helped the industry become what it is today.

2009 is the International Year of Natural Fibers.

One of my favorite magazine's is Wild Fibers. For me, it's like the National Geographic of Fiber Arts.

Keep the Fleece was put together to celebrate the International Year of Natural Fibers, to raise money in conjunction with the Heifer Organization, and they are holding a Natural Fiber Contest (submit your entry by September 1st 2009).

I am really hoping that I can tuck my spinning wheel and knitting needles away long enough to write about some of the sources of natural fibers this year, so check back though out 2009.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2 New Patterns

I have 2 patterns that have been published in the Spring/Summer 2009 Metapostmodernknitting issue! Check them out!

"Electrochok"- a fun, hip, sporty hood that's great for summer and winter wear!


"Slouchy Shortrow"- a hat with just enough slouch to make it fun, but not long enough to trip over! LOL

slouchy on-back

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's that time again...

The April Phat Fiber Box will be for sale soon. Would you like to see what I contributed? You can purchase most of the things I sent sample sizes of at my etsy shop.



Saturday, April 11, 2009

And the Winner is...

Jessica11865! Congratulations!

I used to generate the winner.

Thank you to everyone who participated!