Our third bonus pattern has been released to all Fiberistas via an email blast.
"Spring Leaves" is an infinity scarf featuring a pointed lace edging and knitted chevron stripes. At 41" long, it leaves plenty of room to be worn a multitude of different ways. It is knit in the round from the long edge, and is a fun textured knit perfect for a little "pop" in your wardrobe.
The fun of spinning is in the multitude of ways a finished yarn can be made, including how one decides to use their materials.
This month's spinning boxes featured both Finnish wool and a merino/cashmere blend. One could spin them up separately, or you could ply them together for a completely different effect. The photo below showcases what your finished product could look like: a fluffy white cloud of merino/cashmere, a plied stripe of Finnish/merino/cashmere, or a more semi-solid yarn when just the Finnish is used.
Fiberista Club is excited to offer two new club options: FC Socks and FC Garments, shipping in July 2015 and August 2015, respectively.
Sign-ups for each club are now open to the general public.
Our sock club will ship monthly via first class mail and include one skein of premium sock yarn, one accompanying pattern, and the featured Fiberista Club swag item of the month. Cost is $22.95 plus $3.95 for shipping.
Our garment club will ship quarterly, include 10 skeins of yarn retailing between $32-35 per month, a pair of Lantern Moon knitting needles, and four support patterns: three female designs and one male design. It may be quite possible to knit more than one garment from each shipment. Cost is $239.95 plus $29.95 for shipping.
You can sign-up for either club here.
Alright, spinners, get ready! Fiberista Club is sponsoring a Tour de Fleece wildcard team this year, and we have three different divisions ready to compete for a multitude of fabulous prizes.
If you’re a current Fiberista who happens to spin (and has an active membership for the month of July), you’re automatically able to participate. If you’re a non-member, you can enter the race in two different ways:
Visit Fiberista Club’s website and subscribe to our spinning club. You can select any term you’d like, and will receive 20% off of your subscription cost if you enroll by June 20th. By subscribing before this deadline, you’ll receive our July 2015 spinning club box, which will ship June 29th.
USE COUPON CODE TDF2015 WHEN SUBSCRIBING TO SAVE 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE SUBSCRIPTION TERM.
We’re offering an exclusive blend of 50% polwarth wool, 25% baby camel, and 25% cashmere custom dyed to resemble our official Tour de Fleece 2015 mood board:
A 200g braid will be shipped on June 29th and arrive right on time for the beginning of Tour de Fleece. Our limited edition braid can be purchased here.
Anyone with a Fiberista Club membership can purchase both the limited edition Tour de Fleece braid with a 30% off discount through June 20th. It will be added to your July 2015 shipment.
All Fiberistas will enjoy 30% off all roving purchases from June 15th through July 31st. Fiberista Club will be updating the shop weekly on every Monday, and will have a range of natural wool and exotic blends available, as well as custom dyed roving.
Our first shop update will be completed on May 25th.
To keep things lighthearted and fun, we will divide spinners into three different teams:
NUEVO NIDDY NODDIES
This team if for anyone new to spinning. Because everyone’s time commitment is different, this could mean you’ve been spinning from a few months to a few years. However, the skill in general is new to you, and your goal during the Tour de Fleece is to practice and get better.
If you’re going to commit to your spindles in July, then this is the team for you.
If you’re utilizing a spinning wheel for your Tour de Fleece participation, then this is the team for you.
Alternating between teams is allowed, but one can only spin on one team for the duration of the week starting on Friday and ending on Thursday (the last week ends on Friday).
Weekly prizes will be presented to a member of each team throughout the Tour de Fleece via lotto system:
JULY 3-9th: $100 gift certificate to the FC shop towards any yarn or roving purchase
JULY 10-16th: Copies of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics, and The Intentional Spinner
JULY 17th-23rd: 300g custom dyed 100% cashmere roving.
Grand prizes will be presented via lotto across all Fiberista Club Tour de Fleece participants.
FIRST GRAND PRIZE: Your choice of Kromski spinning wheel and a complimentary six month membership to Fiberista Club.
SECOND GRAND PRIZE: Your choice of Golding GemSpindle and a complimentary three month membership to Fiberista Club.
THIRD GRAND PRIZE: A $150 Fiberista Club gift certificate for use in our online shop, as well as a complimentary one month membership to Fiberista Club.
HOW TO GAIN LOTTO ENTRIES:
Each team will have a check-in thread for each week of the Tour de Fleece. Members will have to check-in daily with a photo representing 1 ounce of spun fiber.
A weekly challenge will be presented on July 3rd, 10th, and 17th. The weekly challenge will be worth 5 additional lotto entries.
HOW TO WIN WEEKLY PRIZES:
Each thread check-in will be assigned a lotto number reflective of its chronological position in the thread.
Bonus entries will be added on to the end of the list.
A random number generator will be used to pick a winner based on the number of entries. Winner’s will be notified within the next week’s check-in thread and must claim their prizes within three days by emailing email@example.com.
WINNING GRAND PRIZES:
All lotto lists will be combined into a master list and a random number generator will be used to select grand prize winners. The announcement of grand prize winners will be made within the Tour de Fleece recap thread on July 25th, and winners will have until August 1st to claim their prizes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for every grand prize above to be given away, we must average 35 participants on each team. Averaging 25 participants on each team will enable FC to sponsor grand prize one and two. Averaging 15 participants on each team will enable FC to sponsor grand prize one.
Weekly prizes will be sponsored regardless of the number of individuals participating in Tour de Fleece 2015.
Winners of complimentary subscriptions who are current Fiberistas will have their next renewal credited accordingly.
Socks are a great knitting project year round. Whether you knit them using the magic loop method, or are a master of double pointed needles, they can easily travel with you anywhere you go, are perfect projects for the warmer weather during summer months, and are usually quick to finish. They also make great gifts - who doesn't love a pair of handknitted socks?!
This month our sock club feature was Glitter Sock from Zen Yarn Garden. A wonderful blend of superwash merino, cashmere, nylon, and just a pinch of sparkle makes for a luxurious and fun knit.
Sock Club members received one of the thirteen colors featured in our Yarn Club palette for August:
Knitting and crochet offer us the opportunity to connect to productivity as well as tap into our creativity. A slow, consistent building of loops gives us a finished product that takes time to make. This puts us in a unique position to plan ahead for the seasons - for example, in order to be able to wear something for the inevitable cooler weather that the Fall will usher in as the year turns into September, we often have to start contemplating what we'll want to add to our wardrobes beginning in August.
With this need in mind, we officially launched into our first set of Fall-inspired shipments for our August yarn club. This month, we thought it would be a great treat to start the season with one of the most soft and versatile yarn bases we could find, and featured Zen Yarn Garden's fabulous Serenity 20 (fingering weight) and Serenity Worsted (worsted weight) yarns, which feature a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon.