With the overwhelming success of both the 36-month club and the complete Volume I of the Fiber Binder Club, we are happy to announce the release of Volume II. Volume I sold out and there are only 19 available copies of Volume II, so get them while you can!
Fiber Binder Club Vol 2 - FBC2 This item includes the second full year of the Fiber Binder Club - One D-Ring binder, dividers, 12 information cards printed on card stock for durability (printed on both sides), a raw sample, a washed or processed sample and either 1/2 an ounce or 5 grams of each fiber to test spin (depending on the fiber). Once you have spun up your sample, then you can test it further by knitting, crocheting or weaving swatches, dyeing, felting or whatever you desire. It is meant to help educate those who are interested in natural fibers, are interested in raising fiber animals or crops, or would like to purchase their own raw fiber and need a way to tell if what they want to buy is of good quality. There are several award winning fibers in this volume, including a National Champion and an Indiana State Fair 1st Place Winner. We pride ourselves on purchasing only the highest quality fibers for this club or for any of the spinning fibers we sell. In this volume, the samples include Bond, North Country Cheviot, Columbia, Icelandic, Lincoln Adult (Vol 1 had Lincoln lamb), Merino, Polypay, Romney, Double-Coated Shetland, Eri Silk, Suri Alpaca, and Milk Protein This price is 25% off the club membership price. Available Qty: 16 Price: $90.00
We have the following new spinning fibers and silk cocoons added to the shop.
Eri Silk Cocoons - 10/bag - D-RV-15-0011 These Eri Silk cocoons can be dyed, stretched on a frame for hankies or just used to show your friends what your Eri silk scarf started out as. Available Qty: 4 Price: $1.00
Coopworth Locks - D-RV-15-0012 These luxurious Coopworth locks show off the structure and shine of the wool. They can be carded, combed, spun from the lock by flicking them open, dyed, used for core spinning or used in felted projects. We left them in the locks so you can do more with them. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 10 Price: $14.00
Bombyx Cocoons - 10/bag - D-RV-15-0013 These Bombyx Silk cocoons can be dyed, stretched on stretchers, reeled or just showed off to your friends. Available Qty: 2 Price: $1.00
Border Leicester Roving - D-RV-15-0015 This wonderful Border Leicester roving is from an Indiana ewe named Tess. The sheen on this fiber is amazing and it is very suitable for dyeing and spinning into sweater, sock, mitten, hart, shawl or scarf yarn. It also make a very strong yarn for weaving. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 8 Price: $14.00
Cheviot Roving - D-RV-15-0014 This Cheviot roving is from a Kentucky ram named Son of Chieftain. He comes from a nationally award winning bloodline and his wool has a superb crimp structure that will spin up into a bouncy and warm yarn. This would be very suitable for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens or anything that needs to be light and warm. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 13 Price: $12.00
We have added 10 new fibers to the shop and, as you can see, they are widely diverse for your spinning pleasure!
Clun Forest Roving - White - D-RV-15-0001 This is a local Indiana bred and raised ewe named Faith. The fiber is creamy white and is good for socks, sweaters, mittens, etc. The price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 7 Price: $12.00
Clun Forest Roving - Lt Gray - D-RV-15-0002 This is a local Indiana bred and raised ewe named Svarta. The fiber is a soft, light gray and is good for socks, sweaters, mittens, etc. It would be lovely to dye! The price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 9 Price: $12.00
Cheviot-Perendale Cross - White - D-RV-15-0003 This is a blend of two Cheviot-Perendale Cross fleeces from wethers named Mr. Wether and Bucky. They live in Pennsylvania and their wool would make lovely mittens, sweaters, shawls, etc. It is a lovely, creamy white. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 28 Price: $12.00
Corriedale-Romney Roving - White - D-RV-15-0004 This lovely Corriedale-Romney cross ewe lives in Michigan and her name is Jade. Her wool is creamy soft and would spin up into a lovely yarn for sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, shawls, etc. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 16 Price: $12.00
Eri Silk Sliver - Cream - D-RV-15-0005 This soft and luxurious Eri Silk Sliver has a wonderful sheen to it and it spins up easily into a fine, shiny thread. This would be perfect to ply with wool for strong, long wearing socks, or would make a shawl fit for the Queen herself. The price is for 5 Grams (there are approximately 28 grams per ounce), but a little of this fiber goes a long way. Available Qty: 10 Price: $2.50
Bond Top - Dk Brown - D-RV-15-0006 This lovely, chocolate brown combed top is a blend of two Bond ewes named JoAnne and Leslie. They both live in Michigan. This definitely is next-to-the skin soft and spins up like a dream. While not good for socks, this would make wonderful scarves, sweaters, shawls, hats and anything that can be worn next to your skin. Price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 3 Price: $16.00
Dual-Coated Shetland - Lt Gray - D-RV-15-0007 This comes from an Indiana ram named Willow. It is a creamy light gray in color and is perfect for spinning up that super-fine yarn for lacy shawls. In fact, this is a link to a video showing the traditional uses for this type of wool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbfrnIgydho - Go and watch it and see just what can be done with it. The price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 6 Price: $11.00
Columbia Roving - D-RV-15-0008 This fiber is a 1st place ribbon winner at the Indiana State Fair. It is creamy-white and easily spins up into a lively, bouncy yarn. It would knit up into wonderfully warm hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters. The price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 6 Price: $10.00
Icelandic Washed Locks - D-RV-15-0009 These washed locks are from an Icelandic ewe named Ink who lives in Michigan. We have not processed the wool because there are so many ways to spin this that we wanted to give you the opportunity to make it what you want. For additional information on the different ways to card, process and spin this wonderfully diverse wool, please visit http://www.isbona.com/vol5no1win01b.html - Also this is the wool that is made into Lopi yarn. The price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 4 Price: $10.00
Romney Roving - White - D-RV-15-0010 This creamy-white Romney fiber has a wonderfully lustrous sheen to it and is nice and soft. It would make a fine yarn for shawls and it would dye up nicely. The price is for 4 ounces. Available Qty: 8 Price: $12.00
Look at what we got into the shop!!! These are large canvas tote/project bags that will easily hold a sweater or afghan project. Perfect for that knitter or crocheter in your life – even if that person is you!
Dyed in the Wool Canvas Tote - D-CT-14-001 This black and white canvas tote measures a large 18" X 15" X 4.5" and is perfect to carry a sweater or throw knitting/crochet project. It is 100% cotton and is machine washable and dryable. It has the Dyed in the Wool logo on it. Available Qty: 7 Price: $19.75
Want to save 10% off of of the lovely spinning fibers we have here? Or, how about an extra 10% off the already 25% off the tie-dyed items in the clearance sale? You got it! This is good through Sunday, November 30, 2014. Support a small business!
Sandy and I have decided to get out of the tie-dye part of our business and focus on making handspinners and felters happy. With this in mind, I have discounted all of the tie dye, except for the bags (we are keeping the bags part going) 25% off. So, if you need Christmas gifts (think stocking stuffers, unique gifts and fun Secret Santa stuff), this is your chance to get some wonderfully colorful items to fill these needs. Just think how easy it would be to be able to check several items off your gift giving list all at one place.
As you know, this past weekend, Sandy and I were at The Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, MI. This was our first year there, even though it is their 8th year having the fair. The weather was lovely – sunny, in the 60’s and, although the wind could be a bit biting, in the lea of the buildings it was just fine. The drive up and back was uneventful (the best kind) and it was very easy to find. There were three buildings dedicated to the fiber fair (and the covered walk-ways between the buildings). Size-wise, it was about the size of the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan if there were nothing outside of the main buildings.
Here is what our booth looked like. We opted for a 10 X 15 booth, which was about as small as we dared go. We fit, but we had to do some condensing of the tie-dye area to do so.
For us, the business has shifted and, while we are thankful for the tie-dye sales to earn the money to buy and process our first fleeces, it is time to let the tie-dyed stuff go and focus on giving hand-spinners what they want. That was our goal all along, anyway. Keep an eye on the shop beginning sometime next week. The tie-dye is going on clearance sale.
This is what the Fiber Menu looked like before the fair began. We sold out of three more fibers completely, and way down on many others. The biggest sellers of the weekend were Willow the Cormo (D-RV-13-0010) and the Cotswold (D-RV-14-0004). Willow is very nice and that Cotswold is like petting a cloud! And to our surprise, the new organic, natural-colored organic cotton we took nearly sold out as well. It’s not in the shop, yet, nor is the new, white Polwarth we have. I need to get good pictures of them before I can put them up in the shop. We completely sold out of the natural brown Polwarth we had, so it’s a good thing we have another fleece (from the same source and with a micron count of 15.5) being processed now.
These are our neighbors across the way from us, and let me tell you, they were sweet, funny and a blast to be next to. Vanessa Clinton of V Yarn was so sweet and even helped me break down one of the wire cubie sections at the end of the show. I just fell in love with all of them.
And there were animals there!
One of these is Humphrey and I didn’t find out the name of the other. Still, they were interesting and huge!!!
I love that spotted alpaca! I would love to have taken her home with me and it’s a good thing Scott wasn’t there because he has wanted an alpaca for several years now. She was so pretty!
There were also tons of bunnies there being sold and many went home with new families.
Here is Vanessa demonstrating the “Knitter’s handshake” on the owner of this beautiful Evenstar shawl. Really, it just makes me want to get my own version started. I have the pattern and the yarn, so all I need is the time and confidence. Maybe this will be my 2015 project and I can start it in January.
A gentleman walked by wearing wooden shoes. He said they were warm and comfortable and, since they were made from poplar, they are water-proof as well. Cool!
So, will we do this fiber fair again next fall? Absolutely!!!
Since Sandy and I will be in Michigan October 24-26, the e-store will go on hiatus beginning the morning of October 24th through the evening of the 27th (or until I can get the inventory updated). This way you don’t accidentally purchase something that sold at the Fiber Expo and be disappointed when we can’t mail it to you and have to refund you your money.
With this in mind, if there is something you definitely want, please order it before October 24th so we can pull it from inventory and make sure you get it. And don’t forget, we are running a discount code through Midnight, October 23rd for 15% off anything in the shop. Discount Code is KIC015.
Just to let you know that if you have placed an order within the past week, I will be taking the boxes to the PO today. Last week was such that I could not get to the PO before it closed and yesterday was Columbus Day and it was closed. Thank you for your patience!!