May 14, 2016
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I found this blog — currently featuring lots of chunky and gorgeous handspun yarns — through my husband Erik.
He was reading boingboing.net and generally complaining about being bored. Meanwhile I was trying to get some spinning in before Kalena woke! She’s very interested in the spinning wheel lately — I think she likes my rainbow-colored drive band.
Anyway, seeing these yarns makes me yearn for a spinning wheel that can handle thicker yarns. The orifice on my wheel is just tiny. I love the peach/pink/orange combo as well.
Way back in April — before the Baby — I promised to make that yarn into a scarf. Well, here it is!
I got my Phat Fiber box, and I’ve spun up most of the roving and batts that were included! You can see nearly everything I got here on my Flickr site.
I took most of the fibers and spun them into this yarn:
Eventually I will wash this yarn and knit it into a skinny scarf so it will look like swatches of lots of different yarns together.
So, even though I haven’t gotten my Phat Fiber box yet, other people have, and they’ve blogged about it! Of course, not all of them will have one of my samples in their box, but those who have seem to like them. This makes me feel very good.
The amazing CJ wrote, at extremespinner.blogspot.com:
“The dark grey skein is from Haley Studio. Yeah, Bluefaced Leicester/Lincoln Cross! This I really like! Different from what I spin, yet totally to my liking, this yarn would make KILLER socks! All the merinos, soft fuzzy stuff, and I love REAL wool, you know, the WOOLY stuff.”
Melissa at bananamigraine.com took some great pictures of the sample she got. Thanks, Melissa!
Morrighan at blacktiefiberarts.blogspot.com also got a sample. Woo!
Dawning Dreams at knittingintheyarnbarn.blogspot.com got a Shetland sample and wrote, “I really appreciate getting undyed fibers that showcase the beauty animals naturally have.” I agree!
Minou at ambrosiaandbliss.blogspot.com got some black Shetland and wrote:
“This is a really nice sample and gives me an idea of how the Shetland fiber I recently ordered might spin up. It’s not a super soft wool, but it reminds me of the sock roving in that it feels durable and elastic. We live in the same city and I never would have known without the box.”
Thanks, Minou! I look forward to meeting you some time soon!
In anticipation of my coupon making it to Phat Fiber’s secret sale page, as well as my samples arriving all over the world (one can dream…) I’ve added a lot of yarn listings to my Etsy shop. I got 4 new “hearts” today too for my efforts!
I still have a few more yarns to add — you can look forward to seeing “Half Day Bay”, “Cream and Oranges” and “Princess Mauve” some time soon!
If you are lucky enough to purchase a Phat Fiber sample box for March, you will see my Shetland and BFL/Lincoln mini-skeins (about 20 yards). Here’s information about the samples I’ll be including.
All the roving for these samples was bought in person, from the people who raised the sheep, at either the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival or the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in Minnesota. I know for sure that the Shetland samples are naturally colored fiber with no added dye. I believe that the BFL/Lincoln is also naturally colored, but at the same time I know the “ideal” breed specimens are white, not gray. So I’m not positive! I am also unsure whether the BFL/Lincoln is wool from a cross-breed or a blend of wools from both breeds.
The packaging is representative of what you’ll get from my shop – all yarns have been washed gently with Synthrapol, wrung and sent through the spin cycle, then air-dried. Next they are tagged with length, weight, and a space to write in stitches per inch. I include the sheep breed in the fiber content if it is known.
These samples are characteristic of my spinning in that they are traditionally textured, two-ply and on the light side of worsted. I have a spinning wheel with a small orifice, and it seems to like this kind of yarn best! However, some yarns in my shop are Navajo-ply, funky spirals, or bulkier weight, and as it happens I’m all out of Shetland for this year! I hope to get more in September at the WI fest. I also very much enjoy spinning dyed roving sourced from other small vendors (via Etsy, other online shops and the festivals) – although dyeing is fun, I like spinning better.
Allergy notes: Yarn has been spun in a non-smoking household. I have a cat, but she isn’t allowed around the yarn once it’s been washed; it’s stored in a large plastic bin with some anti-moth herbs and cedar chips.
Don’t forget to check for the coupon code on the tag to get 15% off your order!