Color Palette : Rose + Gold

For today’s featured color palette we went with something feminine and flirty. Girly pinks become less princess and more glam when paired with classy gold accents. These colors make me want to throw out my massive collection of black leggings and wear sundresses and lots of bling. They also make me want to throw a classy birthday party, or get my nails did, or feed my inner hopeless romantic.

rose_gold

 

Awesome and Easy Crocheted Rugs

Happy April! Spring is here and the warm weather is returning to us down here in Savannah! Just because we are taking off our hand-knit hats and scarves doesn’t mean we stop making things! Spring means nature coming to life. It means sandals and iced coffee; garden parties and fun new projects! We realized that we have been so into knitting projects lately and thought the perfect way to start out the new month would be with a fun crochet project!

For a lot of people Spring is not only a great time to don some fresh new fashion, but also a time to spring-clean and redecorate! One of the easiest ways to spruce up a room is to throw a colorful and pretty rug on the floor, so here are some of our favorite options.

crochet edging

My next project is definitely going to be an over-sized doily rug. They are just so charming and feminine! The one above is made by Heins Home , and they also make really great little ottomans and stools. What I love about this project is that you could potentially find any sturdy fabric you like to add this lace edging to! It is a lot less crochet work, but you still get that beautiful lace-like feel. Although they don’t offer you this pattern, there are tons of edging patterns you can use on Ravelry and the like. I found this one that seems pretty similar to the one above.

doily rug

I am in love with this chunky crochet doily rug from Ladies & Gentlemen Studios! It looks like something your toes could just sink into, and it would add such a dainty touch to any room. I am envisioning them in all different sizes, it would be so cute to have little mini ones all over the house!

t-shirt crochet rugs

tshirt crochet rug detail

These colorful lovelies are a great crochet project because, if you are like us, you have a ton of old t-shirts and fabric bits that can be used to create this colorful rug.  I love how the many different colors work together, and the nubbly texture gives the rug a sort of hippie-dippy hand-made feel. This project comes from Olino Hobby, which is a Russian blog, so although you may not be able to read the instructions, if you already know how to crochet there are easy-to-follow pictures at the bottom of her post.

Cherry blossom applique

rainbow applique rug

whale applique rug

When I found the King Soleil Etsy shop I almost died! They make these adorable crocheted rugs with all kinds of great appliques added on to them. This is a great project for a more basic crocheter. You can make the simple circular crocheted base, and then add all sorts of embellishments to them. The cherry blossom and rainbow rugs above look like the embellishments have been crocheted directly onto the rug base, which is simple and also allows you to let your imagination and crochet hook get a little wild. The whale rug is perfect for a little boys room and in their shop they allow you to pick from a variety of different whales. However, you could cut out any shape you wanted to sew onto your rug, how about a name or inspiring phrase?

turquoise doily rug

Last, but not least, I wanted to include this pretty little doily rug from Camille Designs. Since we are on this doily rug kick, i thought this was a perfect example of a more intricate lacy pattern in a fun color besides white. She has a ton of great little rugs in her shop, so check them out!

New Roving!

lagoon sliver

Just a quick post to let you know that we just received a big shipment of roving! New materials include steel grey alpaca top, some delicious new undyed extra soft merino, and white welsh top ready for you to dye! We also replenished our stock of brown welsh top, Jacob wool, raw white romney top, and a variety of dyed wool in some sweet new colors! Come check it out all you spinners and felters!

mint sliver

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!

raw seacell

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.

spun seacell

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.

hand maiden

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!

hand maiden detail

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

New Year, New Yarn

Just a quick post to let you guys know about the awesome new inventory we recently got in our store! Yummy new colors and interesting fiber content are the name of the game, check it out!

blue sky jewel

If you know us, then you already know that we absolutely love Blue Sky Alpacas ! Well, we just got a whole new shipment of their deliciously soft and sumptuous alpaca silk in a whole range of yummy colors including (from left to right) black, slate, plume, white, brick, garnet, and peacock. These yarns are super soft and have a beautiful silky sheen to them.

 

 

worsted cotton

Also from Blue Sky, we got some new colors of their light and lofty worsted cotton! In colors like lemonade, honey dew, Mediterranean and ladybug, how could you not want to knit these up into something delicious?

 

 

lustra

Our featured yarn in the store this week is the amazing Lustra by Berroco. This 50% Peruvian wool 50% Tencel yarn has a luxurious shine an ultra soft handle. We are currently carrying this yarn in over 10 different colorways, and for a limited time it is 15% off! So come get it while it lasts!

 

 

nettle and hemp

Also new on our shelves are these all natural, hand-spun hemp yarns and nettle yarns from Frabjous Fibers. These yarns look really interesting and textural when knit or crocheted, but we are really curious to see how they look when some one puts them on a loom. How about you come pick up a ball and try it?

 

 

wool and nettle

The last yarn on our new arrivals list also has a fiber content of partly nettles, but is also about 65% wool.  This is Plymouth Yarn‘s Woodland yarn, and its earthy colors are perfect for your wintry projects!

Come down to the store to get your hands on some of our awesome new offerings!

Knitting In The New Year: Bringing It Home

This weeks Knitting In The New Year post is focused on things that beginner knitters can make to brighten up their homes and interior spaces. Who doesn’t love a little bit of DIY home decor? I have been thinking about this a lot lately since I just moved in to a new apartment with our master knitter here at Wild Fibre. While Paige is pretty amazing at working those knitting needles, my specialties lie in other areas. However, now that we are roommates she has me learning how to be just as good as she is! I thought it would be great to focus that knitting energy on projects that would enhance our new apartment, and help to make it a unique space that suites the ladies who inhabit it.

First up is a super easy dishcloth to jazz up those kitchen counter tops. We featured the leafy dishcloth in last weeks post, and although this diagonal knit dishcloth is simpler in shape, I just love the variety of texture that it showcases.

diagonal knit

diagonal dishcloths

These are so so so super easy to make and are a great way to add a handmade touch to either your kitchen or bathroom counter top, or draped over a small towel bar! The pattern for this dishcloth is free on Ravelry!

Next up is this amazingly simple and adorable striped blanket from Purl Soho.

hudson bay blanket

The Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket has that sort of simple sophistication that makes it work in the bedroom, cuddled up on the couch, or poring over the paper at the kitchen table.

hudson bay blanket

I really like the bold colors that they used in these pictures, but I would also love to see a more monochromatic stripe pallet! Maybe a couple different shades of coral or sea-foam greens? Any way you make it, this blanket is sure to add a personal and colorful touch to your home. You can get the pattern on Purl Soho’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING blog, The Purl Bee.

Our last project to share also comes from the Purl Bee. If you couldn’t tell, we are huge Purl Soho fans. They sell a wide variety of knitting, crochet, weaving and stitching supplies and accoutrements, and they have fabulous taste. Their blog is a plethora of ideas and inspiration that makes me drool on the daily. I aspire to be more like them every day, and I say that without shame. This next project is one that I will most definitely be trying out, the Big Stitch Knit Rug.

BIg Stitch knit rug

Seriously though, how cute is this?? I can feel my little toes sinking in to this rug just looking at this picture.

big stitches

big-stitch-alpaca-cream

This simple slip stitch pattern will baffle you with how easy it is to achieve, and all your friends will be amazed at your abilities. Making an, often times, large item like a rug will always impress people. The yarn used for this rug is Bag Smith’s Big Stitch Alpaca. It is a great mix of natural alpaca, wool and nylon which gives it a really rustic and homey appeal. The cream color that is shown here lends to a really modern look, but the yarn is also available in some beautiful earthy colors. So get knitting and sink your toes in to this!