Savannah – Pattern, Yarn, and a LYS Review

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Several months ago I had the very rare and unexpected blessing of visiting an LYS – Downtown Knits in Apex, North Carolina. The fuchsia pink door pops on the historical Salem Street, welcoming and enticing all who pass by. Once inside knitters and tea lovers alike are tempted with shelf after shelf of luscious yarn. If yarn and a welcoming social crafting area weren’t enough, an entire wall is devoted to locally made loose leaf tea, too. Granted, the majority of the stock was conventional, but there were a few eco offerings mixed in with the selection. Though the eco fibers were limited, Michelle did do an excellent job of creating a knitting community. From the huge sofa and chairs, …

Dye to Perfection

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Last Fiber Focus I introduced organic cotton yarn, history, and manufacturing. But before I get into the particulars of knitting with organic cotton, one more important aspect needs examination: the dying process. Since I’m a dyeing novice, I decided to go to the experts. Heidi Braacx from Vegan Yarns and Quo Vadis Handspun graciously agreed share some dyeing knowledge with us. Part 1: Dying Organic Cotton Q1: Are there any differences in dyeing regular cotton verses organic cotton fibers? If so, what are they? What specifics would a seasoned, but new to organic cotton dyer need to know? There’s not too much of a difference except that typically conventional cotton has been scoured more heavily, so, that means conventional cotton …

Fiber Focus: Organic Cotton

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From the earliest times to present day, organic cotton reigned as the work horse of the plant fiber yarns. Using cotton for fabric dates as far back as the Mesolithic period (the Middle Stone Age). The earliest surviving example of cotton bolls and cloth were found in caves in Mexico and dated by scientists to be at least 7,000 years.[i] Since modern industrial technology hadn’t yet mucked around with cotton, you can be assured, it was organic they were using! Okay, so it’s been around FOREVER, but what is it? Organic cotton is the same plant as non-organic cotton. (Well, the same if the non-organic isn’t from a genetically modified seed!) Part of the Gossypium genus, this cellulose fiber grows …

Ravelry’s Bundling: Uncage the O

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There is a side of me that I keep buried deep, deep, deep down. I inherited it from my mother. When it rears its ugly head, my life of perfect creative clutter gets wiped clean and I can’t find a thing. The nastiness is known as “organization” to many, but “death to creativity” to me. The “dreaded O” is forced upon my office twice annually, but remains well-tamed the rest of the time. Unless, that is, something wonderful causes it to break free of the cage. Last week, Ravelry released a tool that unlocked the monster. The “dreaded O” appeared in full furry, gobbling up the “bundling” code. Yes, I had plans for my Saturday, but the new bundling tool …