February's yarn box allowed us check off every one of the club's ideals. First, we were able to discover a relatively unknown Etsy shop. Then, we contacted the dyer. Rather than fit our mood boards to their current offerings, we created the mood boards first and worked with the dyer to complete each an every colorway featured within our boxes.
Spellbound Fiber Co. is a two person team consisting of cousins who starting dyeing yarn when they were unhappy with the colors the could find with some of their favorite yarn brands.
Opting to keep things simple with the official launch, they're currently featuring four bases of superfine merino wool in a lace, dk, worsted, and super chunky weight. While they prepare to debut at TNNA in May and get the administrative side of their business off the ground, we've agreed to play host to their first independent online retail outlet so they can focus on dyeing their inventory and developing the rest of the colorway offerings, which will be debuting in the middle of March.
Our theme for January's yarn box was twofold.
The primary focus was celebrating the Year of The Sheep. It's why we decided to feature Spellbound Fiber Co.'s initial offering of superfine merino wool. What better way to ring in the lunar new year than with the very finest wool available?!
Keeping Valentine's Day in the back of our minds, we selected the super chunky and lace yarns as a way of bringing opposites together . . . yup, the term "opposites attract" was our attempt at a more subtle theme, and we couldn't think of a more perfect way to tie in this time of the year.
When you received your box, you most likely instantly wished you had about 100 more skeins of it so it could become your new mattress and pillow. The superfine merino used to make each of the selected basis is just so. incredibly. soft.
The super chunky weight was expertly dyed, offering an incredible amount of depth (we had a lot of Fiberistas who felt the dye job on this month's yarn made them actually like colors they don't normally find themselves attracted to), and features a generous amount of yardage: 142 yards in a 200g skein is more than we would normally seen offered in this weight.
Coven, Stone Cloud, and Willow Mist
Mystic, Throne, and Hex
Dream Within A Dream, Charmed, and High Priestess
The lace weight yarn featured this month also had a healthy amount of yardage - 765 to be exact!
One skein can easily accomplish most lace shawl patterns, while two or three places you squarely with cardigan range. Either way, these fabulous skeins are perfect for your most romantic or vintage inspired projects, and it's why we fell in love instantly.
Charmed, Dream Within A Dream, and High Priestess
Willow Mist, Coven, and Stone Cloud
Throne, Hex, and Mystic
Rather than dyeing the lace weight skeins identically to the super chunky weight, Spellbound Fiber Co. decides to treat them differently, keeping in mind the form the yarn will take in their new garment or accessory form. For this reason, you'll see less semi-solid in the lace weight yarn and more of an ombre effect. This base and the DK are the two to get this type of treatment, while the worsted and super chunky share their dye techniques and retain their semi-solid status.
If you're looking for dye lots here, well, there aren't any. Spellbound dyes each and every one of their skeins one at a time, so while the color formulations and dye process are the same, each skein has its own unique fingerprint. For this reason, if you're using more than one in a project, we recommend alternating between two skeins to achieve more of a blended look.
As a side note, we did notice an incredible amount of consistency in the colors of the skeins and the depth of shade in spite of their being no official dye lots. Intrigued, when we asked Spellbound why that was, they stated it was because they have strict quality control standards. If a shade doesn't look right, they simply won't sell it. Additionally, because they dye one skein at a time, they can usually fix the problem right away in order to accomplish the results they're looking to achieve.
If you're anything like us, the only thing you really love more than your bronzer are your various bags: computer bags, messenger bags, make-up bags (see note about bronzer above), etc.
Well, one can really not have enough project bags, and this month we decided it was only right that you carry around your yarnie treats in a bag that is worthy of both you and the wonderfullness (we know, not a real word) received in this month's box.
To this end, we included a Fiberista Club tote bag in every box we shipped this month. Here it is, in all its glory, accommodating every. single. colorway. and. base. we spotlighted for February:
We know it's been kind of a crazy delivery this month, and all it took was one lost box of yarn to do it. We've done our best to keep the snowball under control as much as possible, and while it hasn't been perfect, we thank you for both your understanding and your appreciation of our hard work.
Our IT gal is working on the shop update for you all now, so additional yarn and patterns will be available for you very soon.
We're trying desperately to get this all wrapped up knowing that March is just around the corner. It's been a really nutty month! Please know we appreciate your support, enjoy having you as one of our Fiberistas, and are both very excited to be working on the club full time from this point forward. We're passionate about what we're creating here, and we hope it shows.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to email us or give us a call. We're always here for you!
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.