I was sorting through my fiber stash and I decided that I would do a post about what fiber and dyers I like, and why I like them. Four years ago, when I was a new spinner- I really had no idea what kind of things I wanted to spin, and who I should purchase from. Not that I am an expert by any means, but I learned a thing or two since, and I wanted to share. I am a sharer (no- not really)-
1. As you may have guessed because I'm on the TdF team, Fat Cat Knits, is my favorite dyer. Ginny always has something new and exciting, and offers alot of bases. She also is wonderful and open to custom dying anything that you may dream up, as well as having an extensive choice of semi-solid colours. Her Mixed Blessing clubs are wonderful, and usually have a theme. I think this is where she excels- two colours that when plied become magic. I have never been disappointed with anything I have got from her- and I have GOT ALOT.
*what movie am I referencing? (it is one of our more modest receptacles...)
2. Next has to be Mary Ann at Three Waters Farm in North Carolina. Again, always something new and exciting, and her colours are clear and vibrant. I have ordered SQ's (sweater quantities) of her BFL and one is spun up. She also works with Lynn Vogel and has exclusive colorways available. If I won some money, and if there was any left over from buying Ginny out- I would head to Chapel Hill and do some damage.
Into The Whirled,
(clever eh?) is from New York state, and I saw her booth at Rhinebeck (can't remember whether it was before or after the panic attack)- and she has become really successful. To the point where there is a waiting list to join her fiber club (classic and luxe). I found a kind soul on Ravelry who sold me some of her past club colours, and I do buy the occasional braid.
4. This Etsy seller, Friends in Fiber is a very creative, as well as extremely nice. (Nice goes a long way in my playpen). She does some unbelievable gradients, as well as some Autumn shades that I could certainly make room for.
Woolgatherings does some really innovative colorways, She doesn't however, name them, as many dyers do. She also sells exquisite undyed fibers, so if you are looking for a good place to start, you really can't go wrong here.
Next time, I will cover some other dyers that are not to be missed. This has all been in the interest of market research, and having a large stash is a public service. Ya.
I have been doing some knitting. I made another mousy.
I have started a Stripe Study shawl with my Georgian Bay Fiber BFL- and I was trying to think what the darker red pink reminded me of.
And I know you want a critter pic- this is my new pet bunny:
Ok- fleecin' until next time.
*answer- The Big Lebowski when they are arranging Donny's funeral.