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It’s just like Christmas each time a new batch of Pulled Sari Silk Fiber, 1/4 lb bag color 0000 arrives. Every box unveils silky fibers galore in an array of colors. We never know what to expect. What fun! This time around we have a subtle fiber base reminiscent of pinky, gray granite in which a whole host of other colors are intermixed. It’s sometimes tricky to envision just how these fibers will play out in different mediums so we’ve done a bit of experimenting. Take a look, see what you think, and then get creating. Need a little incentive? Pulled Sari Silk Fiber is on sale, regularly $8.75, NOW $6.75 per 1/4 lb bag. Remember, fiber doesn’t spoil so grab a bag or two to put away for a rainy day of playing with silk.

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We carded the Pulled Sari Silk Fiber with black, grey and white wool, spun a few yards, then knit tiny swatches. Those of you familiar with Peace Fleece Yarn will see similarities. A great yarn for cool weather accessories like hats, mitts, scarves and cowls. Up next… felting. A fine layer of silk on the outer layer of balls and beads produces wonderful results. How perfect for felted jewelry. My favorite felt sample is a thin layer of silk on top of magenta wool. I see gorgeous felted bags and hats in the future. Now that we’ve got you started, what will you create?

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Does your feline companion deserve a little something special?  Whip up a catnip toy with the Maine-Ayuh! Catnip Mouse Kit.  Each kits contains Bartlett wool yarn (from Maine), pattern, needles, tapestry needle, wool stuffing and catnip for one mouse toy.  The finished toy measures approximately 4.5″ in body length and the main color will vary in each kit.  Catnip Mouse Kit is packaged in a nifty cheese wedge box, the perfect presentation for gift giving.  It’s not too early to think “stocking stuffers”!

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Don’t worry animal lovers it’s not all about cats, check out these other pet and animal related items and projects:

 

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Weaving with feeling

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There is so much to love in this article about the Weaving Center, in Hartford, CT. The Weaving Center is a non-profit devoted to providing space, looms, education and camaraderie centered around weaving. Programming is particularly focused on teaching weaving to people with low or no vision, as well as those 55 and older, but also has programs for children and the broader community. For those who commit to regular participation, the Weaving Center provides looms, materials and instruction free of charge. The Journal Inquirer quotes one participant, “This is my favorite place in the world”… Sounds like it to us!

5000 years of weaving under one roof

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We came across a wonderful interview in Peru This Week with the CEO of the Amano Museum. What follows is enough to inspire ticket purchase to Lima. Mario Amano is the inheritor and CEO of a private museum that has been visited by US presidents and Japanese Emperors, and with good reason. Through the lens of weaving, the museum provides a window into pre-Columbian history and culture of Peru and beyond. For those of us in the grips of fiber-arts obsession, it’s kinda cool to have stories like this trigger such an immediate connection and to be a part of such an enduring art!

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Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn is every fiber lover’s dream, combining alpaca’s undeniable softness with added durability from nylon. To make it even more enticing we’re offering a sale price of $19.75* now through Thursday, August 25th (regular price $21.95). Herriot Fine is 461 yards of fingering weight bliss, 75% alpaca and 25% nylon. Create luxurious socks, shawls, sweaters and accessories. Weavers: Herriot Fine is suitable for both warp and weft with a tabby sett 10-12, twill sett 12-15.

 

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Wrap up in Herriot Fine,  Heirloom Lace Cashmere Wrap (download version) requires 2 skeins and the pattern and is FREE with the yarn purchase (make sure to add it to your cart). Double strand one skein for Cashmere Cowl with a Twist (download version), another FREE pattern with yarn purchase. Alpaca socks? Yes please!   Classic Socks - Yankee Knitter (or as download).

 

Are you a bookworm – these titles will have you knitting Herriot Fine over and over!   Sock-Yarn Accessories - 20 Knitted Designs with Style and Savvy, Sock - Yarn Shawls, Sock-Yarn Shawls II - 16 Patterns for Lace Knitting

 

Plus, keep your eyes out for more patterns coming soon!

There’s endless possibilities with Herriot Fine, so stock up now for holiday knitting at the sale price $19.75* now through August 25th.

*no additional discounts apply, price expires August 25 11:59pm EST

 

 

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by: Sierra Roberts

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You know a magazine is good when even the ads are beautiful.That’s how I feel about Pom Pom Quarterly. Always so thoughtful, beautiful and timely, this season’s new issue doesn’t disappoint. It’s the pompom Quarterly Autumn 2016 issue (yes, it’s about that time again…) and it’s all about natural dyes.

It always amazes me that right when I start to get really excited about a new thing, the rest of the world seems to be on exactly the same page. Maybe it’s just that when you stumble across a new thing, you start to notice references to it all over the place because it’s now on your radar. Or maybe I just think I’m a trailblazer, but in reality I’m just picking up on what’s already out there surrounding me. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I’ve recently become super interested in natural dying. And the newest Pom Pom is conveniently about just that!

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As usual, there are a handful of beautiful, interesting patterns featured in this issue. What’s especially cool is that this time, every design was knit out of yarn that had been dyed using natural materials. The description of each pattern includes information on what was used to achieve the color of the yarn the designer used, and it’s pretty mind blowing. I was amazed at the brightness of these colors, especially the Turion mittens, dyed with French marigold.

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In this issue you’ll also find a few articles that explain the process of using natural dyes, as well as giving helpful tips to get you started at home. You’ll also learn about the eco-dyeing movement, which is just about one of the coolest things I’ve never heard of before. Imagine using leaves, flowers and kitchen leftovers – all free, found, or recycled materials – to make stunning printed fabrics. I have to be honest, after reading that article I seriously considered taking a personal day to go home and try this. There’s also a great DIY dip-dyed ombre scarf tutorial that I can not wait to try at home. So hooray for yet another great issue of Pom Pom Quarterly! You guys are gonna get me fired :)

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by: Kate Comaskey

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One of the wonderful things about starting a new project is the opportunity to pick some amazing colors to work with. There are countless color combinations and options to choose from as you design a pattern or pick out your go-to favorites. What if one day you decided to have a bigger hand in the color process? Enter Earthues, a natural dye company.

Earthues is a fair-trade, woman-owned business that provides expertise in color, textile design, and artisan craft development. They travel the world teaching and learning about natural dyes and sustainable eco-methods for creating beautiful colors. The founder of Earthues, Michele Wipplinger, is a master dyer and designer with over thirty years of experience in natural dyes.

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I should really let the colors do the talking. If you’re feeling confident in your dyeing skills then take your pick from their eleven different colors. I personally would like to get my hands on some of the Earthues Dye (Madder, Red-Orange) . There are some more mellow tones, too! Fear not.

Feeling inspired, but unsure? We’ve got kits! The Earthues: Botanical Natural Dye Kit contains madder, osage, cutch and logwood purple, instructions, mask and gloves, and enough potassium aluminum sulfate to dye approximately 4 lbs of wool, silk, alpaca, mohair, or other protein fiber. There is also the Earthues: Indigo Starter Natural Dye Kit. There is enough indigo to make a 32 ounce jar of indigo stock which ought to give you enough for a couple of vats! You’ll also find ph strips, a mask, gloves, instructions (phew!), soda ash, and thiourea dioxide.

 

Here’s another fun and important fact about Earthues: They truly care about their impact on the world. They don’t use any heavy metal mordants that are dangerous to human health or the planet. All of their colorants are derived from plants or other natural materials! So go ahead and grab your favorite yarns, textiles, natural fiber, paper, or buttons and get started. Earthues is…dyeing…to meet you (Sorry…at least I kept it to only one pun!).

 

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Welcome to the beautiful world of Bonnie Bishoff!  We are now offering all of Bonnie’s handcrafted shawl pins, stick pins and color sticks.  These works of art will hold your shawl or scarf in place, close your cardigan or simply adorn your favorite knit piece with whimsy and elegance.  The pins are made with polymer clay in white bronze and lead free pewter, the hooks are made of nickel silver.

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Fastening your shawl pin is simple; the removable pin goes through the loop on the bottom of the pin, through the garment then out the second loop.  The curved hook secures the pin in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weave stick pins through the knitted garment to fasten. Easy!

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Bonnie Bishoff, her partner J.M. Syron and their artwork on their website http://www.syronbishoff.com/.

 

 

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Something to Poke-care-about

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Pokemon GO, it’s the phenomenon-phone-game that you can’t help hear about but that none of us here have played. We’re not critical or humbugs, we just haven’t needed an excuse to “get outside”… Well, perhaps we’ll have to actually pay attention now that it has jumped into the fiber-arts news this week. Nichole of Nichole’s Nerdy Knots (find her on Ravelry and Facebook) has started crocheting tangible poke-monsters and leaving them at “pokestops” for people to find and to be delighted by, which they are. We’re delighted to see Nichole’s altruistic nature. What’s cooler than someone inspiring / delighting kids with yarn-tastic creations, and delighting crocheters with her free patterns!

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Speaking of altruistic fiber-arts, June Feswick of Halifax Nova Scotia has opened our minds to something that we hope becomes “a thing”: Knitting for the visually impaired. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind helped Feswick and her husband adjust to his vision loss a decade ago – a wonderful story in itself. That experience led them to realize that knitters need not give up knitting even with severe vision loss, and June has been hosting a group that helps vision-impaired or blind knitters to socialize and knit ever since. For a great story, and some tips on knitting without looking, checkout the story in the Halifax Metro.

 
 
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