Introducing…

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With the recent success of our Knit Fast Die Warm tote bags we are now pleased to offer several new products created exclusively for Wild Fibre by the talented Paige Striebig.

These items are now a available both in store and on our Etsy site, so be sure to check them out!

We are very excited about these products and will be adding many more over the coming weeks, along with an eventual reissue of the ever popular Knit Fast Die Warm totes.

Click below to shop it all, including a selection of our own locally dyed yarns!!!

The Christmas Rush; or Anzula!!

Now if you’re like me, you’ve probably just realized Christmas is exactly three weeks away. That’s only fifteen working days, people! If you hadn’t realized this, you’re welcome. Luckily, this happens to coincide with the recent arrival of Anzula into the shop.

Anzula yarns, shipped fresh from California, are hand dyed and spun from some crazy luxurious fibers such as cashmere, silk, sea cell, and alpaca. Of their sixteen lines, we now carry the cleverly titled “For better or worsted” and the aptly titled “Squishy.” Both are 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon. And both are absolutely perfect for last minute gifts. These yarns have yardage in the hundreds, great for multiple presents right off the bat.

20131204-122750.jpgClockwise from top left: Squishy in Elephant, Candied Apple, Bark, Teal, Ducky, and Key Lime.

Take Squishy, for example. At about 385 yards per hank, two perfectly slouchy Excess hats (free ravelry download here!) are a breeze in this smooth plied fingering weight.

Or for the more ambitious, there’s the Celestarium shawl. Paige and I have been obsessing over this beaded view of the North Pole for weeks, and to my glee Ravelry user BSR123 has a perfect reproduction of it in Anzula Squishy. While her take is in the Elephant, I personally think it could look quite stunning in Teal (pattern for purchase here).

20131204-123038.jpgClockwise from top left: For Better or Worsted in Grace, Elephant, Avocado, Clay, Madam, Country Green, and Root Beer.

But let’s not forget For Better or Worsted. Not only am I a sucker for worsted weight yarn, but I love love a good kettle dyed yarn, and Anzula does not disappoint. The slight variegations in color call for simple stitches, allowing this yarn to shine. And is that not convenient for fast gift making?

Try a Drop Stitch Scarf, seen here in Country Green (free ravelry download here), or a Fisherman Rib Cowl by Wild Fibre favorite Purl Soho (ravelry link here).

If you’re a hat person, the ever popular Molly, previously mentioned in our Madeline Tosh post calls for exactly one hank of For Better or Worsted, which is exactly why a few of my friends should not be surprised if they find this particular hat under their tree come Christmas morning!

Molly hat - In store sample

SO. If you’re like me, now is the time to get a move on! Come see us, we’ve got everything you need (including Anzula!) for beautiful, hand made (and easy!) gifts.

Cheers!
Raquel

The Renegade Craft Fair : WildFibre in Brooklyn

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I recently got to spend about a week adventuring around Brooklyn! I’ll admit, I went there to see family and celebrate my birthday, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get to have all kinds of fiber related fun times. The very first thing on my list of things to do while I was there was hit up the Renegade Craft Fair. There were more than 300 vendors inhabiting the East River State Park on Sunday, more than enough awesome makers selling their one of a kind wares! Here are some highlights from the afternoon!

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One of my goals for the craft fair was to find something unique I could bring back to Georgia to represent my Brooklyn roots! When I happened upon the Snash Jewelry tent I eyeballed this necklace immediately.  There is something so J. Lo about it that I just adore, and she gave it to me for a great price when she saw that light in my eyes! Shanna Nash is her name, and she makes all kinds of great jewelry with an edge, like these sweet dagger necklaces!

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Snash Jewelry

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Type A Fibers

Type A Fibers

Type A Fibers

One of the first tents I came upon was Type A Fibers. She hand spins and dyes all these beautiful yarns in her Jersey City Studio, and it was great meeting an artisan who got as excited about fibers as I did! All of her yarns have really lovely color variations and some of them utilize a really interesting coiling technique that create a really sturdy and textural yarn. She gets all of her fiber locally as well! You can check out her Etsy shop with the link above!

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F&A Printing

Paige and I are both huge Song of Ice and Fire fans, so of course I had to snap a picture of these screen printed tees by F&A Printing. I love the one with the Targaryen dragon names, and the House Bolton tee is so awesome! If you were in a great House of Westeros, which would you be in? Take your pick and then head to their website to get that Game of Thrones swag!

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Little Studs by Ginger Metzger

Little Studs by Ginger Metzger

Little Studs by Ginger Metzger

 

I was so amazed when I stumbled on the Little Studs tent! She was sitting there crocheting these sweet little earrings, and I am definitely looking forward to getting something from her Etsy shop! She also attached her teeny creations to hairpins which is definitely right up my crazy curly-haired alley. I am always baffled by people who can work on such a small-scale, so kudos to you, Ginger!

 

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Urban-Revisions

 

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Urban-Revisions

 

Urban-Revisions

Urban-Revisions

I just love the stubbly nubbly texture of Urban-Revisions glass jewelry. The rings and necklaces come in beautiful feminine color palettes that are perfect for the summer season. What really caught my eye was their lovely little hanging pieces., perfect for hanging individual flowers or plant life. Could you imagine a collection of these hanging from an outdoor space? so pretty!

 

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The Michiko Shimada tent had all kinds of great little ceramic pieces. Including these sweet little porcelain twig spoons!

There were two other tents I loved perusing, but did not get great pictures out of. The first one was the Fabric Horse tent. You are probably familiar with their utilitarian and stylish utility belts. Everything is made in Philadelphia, and they re-purpose things like old seat belts to make accessories for the urban commuter. I happen to own one of their U-lock holsters, and it is super handy and sturdy.

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fabric horse

 

fabric horse

fabric horse

 

The other tent I stopped into was for the British brand Zeena. She makes really great Scandinavian inspired printed textiles, and other little products like crafting tapes and pin cushions!

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Zeena

 

Zeena

Zeena

 

I had such a great time at the Renegade Craft Fair! I only wish I had more funds and time to stop and see everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCAD Fibers Portfolio Exhibition

Last week marked the end of the school year for our area’s biggest local college, The Savannah College of Art and Design. Which means, that although things are slowing down in our shop, we got to go to see all of the beautiful work that students have been slaving away for, much of it with supplies acquired from our store!

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Both Paige and I are graduates of the Fibers program at SCAD, so getting to see all the student’s work and catching up with all of our old professors is always fun times! We are probably going to do a Part 2 post later on this week because there was so much amazing work, and we have a lot of pictures to sort through!

Alison Curran

Alison Curran

The colors that Alison uses in her work are what caught my eye at first. They are so magical and feminine that her pieces made me feel like I was seeing bits out of a fairytale.

Alison Curran

Alison Curran

Alison Curran

Alison Curran

Caitlin Henry

Caitlin Henry

Caitlin Henry

Caitlin Henry

We loved Caitlin Henry’s style, and the many cool techniques she used on this surface embroidery piece. She works in a variety of mediums and has a lovely little blog and website that I encourage you to check out!

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Caitlin Henry

Caitlin Henry

Caitlin Henry

Courtney Teague

Courtney Teague

Stitched and dyed chairs by Courtney Teague.

Courtney Teague

Courtney Teague

Heather Riniker

Heather Riniker

We loved this series of stitched leaves and maps by Heather Riniker. This work must take serious patience! You can find her portfolio on Behance right here.

Heather Riniker

Heather Riniker

Adrienna McDermott

Adrienna McDermott

Love this pretty beaded cake by Adrienna McDermott! She also had this really beautiful beaded curtain that I want about ten of for my future dream home. You can see more of Adrienna’s work on her website.

Adrienna McDermott

Adrienna McDermott

Kaitlin Feichter

Kaitlin Feichter

Loved the woven razor blade pattern by Kaitlin Feichter! She has a lot of cool designs, and you can check them out on her website.

Madeline Favre

Madeline Favre

And finally some knit work! Madeline is a great knitter and a loyal customer in our shop. She makes all kinds of exciting knit stuffs. I couldn’t get pictures that I thought did her work justice, but you can check her out on Behance right here. The piece below is actually a throw blanket!

Madeline Favre

Madeline Favre

We have a lot more grad work to show you in our Part 2 post! Check back, and check out all the ladies’ websites to see more of their portfolios!

Manos is Here!

Yay! We just received our shipment of Manos Del Uruguay’s Maxima ultra-soft merino! These kettle-dyed yarns are handmade by artisans all over Uruguay to help sustain their communities. The subtle marbleized color of these hand-dyed skeins create beautifully rich color palettes for your next project, and we have some great colors in stock!

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speeding ticket

speeding ticket

spirulina

spirulina

highlighter

highlighter

acid

acid

oxygen

oxygen

helium

helium

ion

ion

foil

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Not sure what your next project is? Well we have some great ideas for some spring time Manos Maxima fun!

beaubourg sweater

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The Beaubourg sweater is perfect for breezy spring nights and perfect for dressing up or for more casual occasions. The pattern is also way easy to knit up, not to mention it would look great in any of the awesome colors we are carrying! The pattern is for sale on Ravelry.

 

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star crossed slouchy grey the star-crossed slouchy beret is great for any season and is an awesome project for beginners. This makes a great first cable project if you are venturing into more advanced knitting projects! And best of all the pattern is available for free!

 

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The Brioche hat and cowl from the Purl Bee are so bright and fun, we had to include them as a project idea! These two wearables are also a great project for beginner knitters and the color possibilities are endless. We are big fans of the highlighter trend, and we are currently carrying this exact color! The pattern and directions for construction can be found in the above link!

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This bandanna cowl is sooooo sweet! I would love it in a brighter color, and I think I will have to make one. Once again, this project comes from one of our favorite knitting resources, The Purl Bee. There are a variety of yarns that could be used to create this cowl, but the subtle changes in color that you get with Manos Maxima would add a really great effect to this easy-to-make textile!

 

Come grab some of this sweet yarn while it lasts!!

 

Malabrigo : Need I Say More?

Malabrigo Yarns is one of the most adored and sought after yarns of fibers enthusiasts. Sumptuous merinos, silks and a variety of different weights are just the tip of this yarn company’s iceberg. Their kettle dyed yarns have colorways that you simply CAN NOT match. Go ahead..try it. Every time we order stock from Malabrigo it goes FAST, which is why we are letting you know now that we just received a new shipment! We now have four different varieties of Malabrigo yarn in stock just waiting for your nimble fingers..knit it…weave it..ply it..come in and BUY it, because it will not last long!

Malabrigo Lace:

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Malabrigo Lace colorways we carry

Malabrigo Lace yarn is the perfect blend of soft + light + fuzzy. Need a cardigan that adds color and elegance without adding weight?  The Whisper Cardigan is the perfect balance of lofty and light and makes the perfect knit for chilly southern nights. The pattern for this little lovely is for sale on Ravelry here.

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floofies whorl

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we love this pretty, light weight cowl! The scalloped edges are so dainty! The pattern is called Floofie’s Whorl, and it is free on Ravelry!

Silky Merino

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Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn is pretty much as soft and lustrous as you can imagine. This DK weight, single ply yarn is great on a variety of needle sizes. It is just fluffy enough that it will beautifully fill out the stitches when using larger needle sizes. There are so many beautiful things you can make with this yarn, here are a couple of our favorite patterns!

Enrejado Shawl

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The Enrejado Shawl showcases the subtlety of the color changes in this yarn perfectly and is classy, soft and feminine.

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mulled wine mits

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Above are two different types of mitts that use the Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn, and are perfect for beginner knitters. The top ones are called Roku Mitts, and the pattern is free on Ravelry! I love that they call for two colors of this fantastic yarn, because once you see them it is almost impossible to settle on one! Also, the geometric pattern on the cuffs are fun and youthful. The bottom ones are called Mulled Wine Mitts and the pattern is also a free Ravelry download. This pattern is great for beginners and also utilizes the unique kettle dyed effect of the yarn.

Malabrigo Rasta

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I am going to throw it out there right now that Rasta is my favorite type of Malabrigo Yarn we are carrying right now! The color changes in the silky merino and lace are subtle, the changes in Rasta are dramatic and beautiful! These yarns are super bulky, 100% merino wool, and are slighty felted, which make them real easy to work with!  There are seriously hundreds of patterns out there that work great for this special product, it was hard to narrow it down to just a couple of our favorites, but are three awesome scarves!

herringbone rasta

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This Herringbone Cowl pattern is perfect for the color variations of the Rasta yarn! Each stitch gives its own little pop of color!

Aujourd'hui cowl

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The geometric feel of the Aujourd’Hui Cowl is beautiful in contrast with the organic change of colors you get with Malabrigo Rasta!

convolution scarf

convolution 2The Convolution Scarf was just too sweet to pass up sharing with you! It’s very versatile and it has the effect of being a complicated cable pattern, when it’s actually perfect for beginners! The pattern is for sale on Ravelry

Gruesa

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This single ply super bulky yarn has a great slubby, thick and thin texture and makes a beautifully chunky and organic textile. The colors of Malabrigo Gruesa are not as variegated as the Rasta yarn but come in lovely bright colors that make a bold statement no matter what you create with it.

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The Gold Inflation Cowl is simple and lofty, and shows off the subtle changes in yarn thickness that makes Malabrigo Gruesa so great!

autumn hat

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The Autumn hat is a simple and comfortable slouchy beanie that makes a perfect gift for your girlfriends or guyfriends!

There are so many project possibilities with Malabrigo Yarns, and we will continue to share our favorites!

Fiber Focus : Sea Cell

We have many different fibers in our shop that are perfect for spinning and felting. While we keep a stocked inventory of different types of cotton and wools, we also like to experiment with more obscure and interesting fibers. Today we are taking a look at the possibilities of sea cell! Sea cell is a fiber that is harvested from different forms of seaweed and algae. Honestly, there is not a lot of concrete information out there on the exact process of how this amazing fiber is manufactured. All the companies that produce it seem to want to keep it an “industry secret” However, the little information I have gathered says that they basically grow large amounts of algae in giant tubs of water. They then drain the algae, chemically treat it, and then process it into an amazingly lustrous and lofty fiber!

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Although the manufacturing process is somewhat of a secret, the benefits of using this material are widely boasted. It is known that seaweed in general is full of nutrients that are really good for your skin. Cosmetics products that use seaweed improve blood supply to the skin and activate skin cell metabolism. The textile fibers are porous and open, which promotes humidity intake and release. A garment made of sea cell will absorb what your skin expels, while you skin absorbs the healthful and nutrient rich properties that the fiber emits.

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Above is some sea cell yarn that Paige spun into a beautifully shiny and light-weight yarn that is soft as cotton and luxurious as silk. There is something really sexy and simple about the pure undyed, hand-spun yarn that this unique fiber makes. Paige and Sarah thought this yarn would make a great element for lingerie, and made a beautiful sea cell thong, and camisole to match. Sexy fiber nerds unite!

sea cell thong front

sea cell thong front

thong back

thong back

sea cell cami front

sea cell cami front

cami front detail

cami front detail

I love how the hand-spun nature of yarn translates into a really unique lace.

cami back detail

cami back detail

lace knit detail

lace knit detail

In our project we used the undyed sea cell fiber, but there are companies that sell beautifully dyed sea cell yarns that shine like no other. One of our favorite companies is Hand Maiden, which sells an incredible sea cell/silk yarn called Double Sea.

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The two color ways that we carry in our shop are Hemlock and Phoenix. Although they cost a pretty penny, these hand painted yarns add an element of luxury to anything you make with it! There are so many possibilities with the innovative sea cell fiber!

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(btw : most of the information I gathered came from this blog and this website.)