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Beautiful for weaving or knitting, Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn by Juniper Moon is just the thing for those who love alpaca. This fine alpaca is blended with a bit of polyamide so it is strong enough for socks or gloves and holds its shape nicely. The softness and ample yardage will make you want to weave a scarf, knit a shawl or even stitch up a lightweight yet warm sweater or cowl. Herriot Fine is dyed on a natural base for slightly heathered colors that combine beautifully with each other or look amazing on their own. Try it in place of lace weight cashmere or silks for a luxurious and still affordable indulgence!

If you’d like to mix Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn with a variegated yarn, try Knitting Fever Painted Desert Yarn. They are a very close match in gauge so the two work well together or can be used interchangeably in patterns. We especially like them woven together with one in warp and the other in weft – the combo makes a great plain weave scarf!

 

Regular Price: $21.95 • Sale: $19.75 (until Friday March 2nd!)

Yarn: 75% Alpaca, 25% polyamide • Wash by hand in cold water and lay flat to dry. 461 yards/100 gram skein • Gauge: 7-10 stitches per inch on a US size #0-#2 needle, tabby sett 10-12 epi.

 


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On sale until Friday March 2nd!

 

 

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Who doesn’t love a good grab and go project?  Our new fingerless mitt kits feature luxurious Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn in three lovely color options as well as a copy of our Whole Wide World - Fingerless Mitts pattern, a fun and easy pattern for knitters of all levels.

 

 

 

These mitts are knit flat on straight needles, then seamed.  That seam helps to add some structure to these intentionally slouchy mitts.  There’s a simple thumb gusset, but otherwise minimal shaping and straightforward Stockinette stitch are all you need to worry about with this easy project.  Instructions are included for both the color blocked and striped versions shown, and the kits provide enough of each color for you to choose which of the two you’d rather have be the main color.
Size: One size (fits both adult men and women)
Gauge: 27 stitches and 37.5 rows to 4″ in St st on size US 3 needles.
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn in two colors, approximately 230 yards per color.

If you like the colors used in the mitts shown, you’ll want to check out the Whole Wide World - Fingerless Mitts Kit (Green).  That includes approximately 230 yards each of Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn in colors 2014 and 2015.

 

The Whole Wide World - Fingerless Mitts Kit (Spice) is a little on the warmer side, color wise.  This one includes colors 2002 and 2025.

Lastly, for those of you who prefer to keep it neutral we have the Whole Wide World - Fingerless Mitts Kit (Neutral), which has colors 2001 and 2005.

Whatever color you end up using, you’ll love wearing these super soft, slightly fuzzy and wonderfully comfortable mitts.  Warning: you may end up wanting to make more than one pair!

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Needle Travel Guide 2018

Fiber & Fabric Mania! Needle Travel - Fiber and Fabric Mania! A Travel Guide 2018 is an indispensable resource for fiber artists on the go. Enjoy a comprehensive listing of over 5,000 yarn, fiber and fabric shops in the USA.

The directory has been updated for 2018 and provides store hours as well as info about the products select shops stock. Organized alphabetically by state, you’ll always be able to find a new LYS or the closest stop for the needles size you forgot while traveling!

Before you hit the road this spring grab a copy and discover hidden gems in unexpected places…

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Recipe for winning Gold? Knitting and Netflix.

Lizzy Yarnold, gold medalist in Skeleton at PeyongChang (who should get gold for best last name in our opinion) warmed out hearts with a great interview written up at The Guardian. Lizzy appreciates knitting because “My nan taught me to knit years ago and passed away two years ago and so it’s a way to feel connected with her”. Also, it’s a great way to cope with the unimaginable stress of Olympic competition. For the full inspiring interview, head on over to The Guardian.


Finnish Olympians are fiber arts fanatics

Turns out that more than half of the Finnish Olympians are knitting! Like Lizzy, they find it a great way to calm their nerves, keep the mood light, and stay grounded. With so many knitting what are they making? Super cool it turns out: they’re collaborating on a blanket for their president’s newborn son! Maine Public has more of the story, as does Business Insider and many others as evidenced on Twitter’s #knittingteamfi hashtag feed.

 


Gold Medal for Reducing Pollution Goes to: Natural Fibers

Wool, cotton, and other natural fibers “just feel right”, and that’s reason enough to love them and use them in our projects. New research summaries provide another reason to feel good about using them – keeping our drinking water and wild environments free of “microplastic pollution” from textiles. Up to 35% of primary source marine plastic pollution may originate from synthetic fibers, and over 90% of tap water samples in the US are contaminated with plastic microfibers. How so? Clothing like fleece jacket can release hundreds of thousands of fibers with each wash. These fibers persist and accumulate in the environment and in living animals. What does this all mean? Researchers are just starting to understand the consequences and scope of the problem, so this is something we’ll be keeping our eye on for updates.

How do natural fibers help? Importantly, natural fibers shed less, and what they do shed biodegrades in the environment in any case. But more than that – natural fibers have have less impact on the environment during their “use phase”. Wool garments in particular are used longer and last longer (especially when hand made – keep that sweater because it’s special!) and require less frequent washing and care. Looking at this research, we actually wonder if, given the use patterns of hand-made garments, even those made with synthetic fibers would have greatly reduced environmental impact as compared to mass-produced garments?

In any case, a huge thank you to all our awesome customers for helping to keep our planet beautiful and reducing pollution with natural fibers!