fall yarn

  • Bling for Your Crafty Things

    Last weekend in Boston was wonderful! One of the places we visited was Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum of a 19th century town. They had a lot of fiber textiles represented from displays, to living sheep (Merino Cross and Gulf Coast Native) to a carding mill! I posted a few pictures on Instagram. It was also chilly so I was decked in handknits from my head to my feet.

    You know what they didn't have? Stitch Markers. Little luxuries that we crafters love to dress up our projects with. As we head into the holidays, they also make a perfect gift by themselves or paired with something else.

    This week we are taking a look at the wide variety of stitch markers available to us modern crafters. Many of the shops featured specialize in stitch markers so if you see a style you like, take a look at the shop for more options! As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Jill's Beaded Knit Bits

    Jill's Beaded Knit Bits

    Is the beach your thing? These gorgeous stitch markers have a different beautiful shell on each one in the set of 6. They are meticulously made to ensure they are snag free. You can choose from 3 sizes of rings OR lobster clasps to make them removable.  $18.95

     

     

     


     

    Cloverleaf Farms West

    Cloverleaf Farms West

    Soft yellow lemon quartz on snag free, coated wire will fit nearly any needle you are using. Set of 5 stitch markers accented with gold tone beads, these large semi-precious beads will add a special touch!  $18

     

     

     

     


     

    My Grandma's Garden

    My Grandma's Garden

    Set of 4 handmade ceramic stitch makers in a lovely honey colored glaze and textured honeycomb pattern. These lightweight stitch markers will fit up to a US10.5/ 6.5mm needle and measure about 1/2 long. $10

     

     

     

     


     

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Who loves Mason Jars? We use them for EVERYTHING and if you feel like I do, you can show your love with these stitch markers! Set of 4 lightweight markers, with your choice of fastener. $8

     

     

     

     


     

    needleclicksEtc

    needleclicksEtc

    Are you on the gnome bandwagon? It's hard to resist! This cute gnome set includes 6 different characters that fit up to a US10/6.0mm needle. Each are handmade and will vary slightly.  $17.75

     

     

     

     


     

    Yank Your YarnYank Your Yarn

    Once you get past the hilarious name (Cagematch: Snow Miser vs Queen Elsa) you can take in the beauty of these hand twisted silver and blue copper wire stitch markers, each with a deep blue bead. Set of 10 available in 2 sizes. (my money is on Elsa!) $9

     

     

     

     


     

    The Artful Princess, LLCThe Artful Princess

    Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie? How about fandoms in general? Sarah has you covered. This set of 5 stitch markers will fit up to a US11/8.0mm needle. May the force be with you. $10

     

     

     


     

    Transcend Fiber Studio

    Transcend Fiber Studio

    Fun peach crystal "window" beads accented with artisan glass metallic blue beads, are on gold plated findings. On a lever back clasp perfect for movable markers or directly on the needle up to a US11/8.0mm. Set of 6 and hey... I won't tell if you use them as earrings.  $12

     

     

     

     


     

    Just for fun

    Did you know Clara Parkes used to be a baker? It's true. If you read some of her books you will stumble on references to this past life of hers. She occasionally posts recipes on her blog and one that I have referenced and made is her delicious granola. This would make a perfect gift for teachers or others in your life the holidays start to approach! Put it in a mason jar with a label and some pretty yarn tied around the top... perfect!

  • Alpaca my bags

    Did you know camelids have 3 stomachs? It's what allows them to eat all those fibrous grasses. Camelids include camels, alpaca, guanacos and vicuña and their fiber is actually hair but is referred to as wool. All animals contain guard hairs but camels have the most, followed by llamas. Alpaca guanaco and vicuña have the least. Alpaca fiber has little elasticity but blending with another fiber can add a bit of structure. It is extremely warm and comes in 22 natural shades.

    All of the listings featured below have alpaca, except for one llama product. As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Alpacas at 2 point farm

    Alpacas at 2 Point Farm

    Suri alpaca is very much like silk but, dare I say, even smoother? It is warm, drapey and incredibly soft. This is a mill spun skein of naturally colored suri alpaca yarn. Fingering weight with 200 yards. This will be a treat to work with! $22

     

     

     

     


     

    Behind the Hill Farm

    Behind the Hill Farm

    Lead ropes or dog leashes made from alpaca fiber are functional, beautiful and unique! Made from handspun 3 ply alpaca yarn, these are strong and available in several lengths ranging from 4 to 6 feet and available in various colors. Starting at $25

     

     

     


     

    Puddin Ridge Fibers

    Puddin Ridge Fibers

    Sona at Puddin Ridge has added a number of llama rug yarns to her shop and they are gorgeous. This can be used to make rugs, baskets or other household goods with stunning results. 100 yards, other colors available. $75

     

     

     


     

    Split Rail Angoras

    Split Rail Angoras

    Hand spinners love blends because of the different qualities brought by each fiber. This one is 75% angora and 25% alpaca making it baby kitten soft and lightweight. This will create a very warm accessory or garment. Undyed, 4 oz. $28

     

     

     

     


     

    River Spring Farm

    River Spring Farm

    600 yards of stunning handspun yarn created from a natural dark brown merino and alpaca blend. The magic happens when the colorful, tweedy bits of silk are worked in.  The 18 micron merino and alpaca means this will be amazingly soft. Worsted weight. $85

     

     

     

     


     

    Living Water FibersLiving Water Fibers and Alpacas

    Jitter bug is a gorgeous take with long stretches of grey, green and purple on a luxury soft, mill spun, alpaca yarn.  DK weight with 220 yards means you can create a lovely accessory perfect for gifting with just one skein! $26

     

     

     

     


     

    Butterfly Forge

    Butterfly Forge

    2 ounces of beautiful Suri locks in a soft fawn color. These locks are 9"-10" in length and brushed to removed most of the vegetable matter. So silky! $8

     

     

     


     

    Promised Land Fibers

    Promised Land Fibers

    This is a blend of natural Romeldale and Alpaca. Romeldale is as soft as merino and lovely to spin. Adding alpaca to the mix gives increased softness and warmth. Pin drafted roving so spinning will be a breeze! Professionally milled, 4 oz. $10

     

     

     


     

    Current Crafting

    This weekend I am heading to Boston to visit my aunt and you know what that means... travel knitting! I am still having forearm pain though so knitting has been limited but this weekend will require it. I did finish spinning the Cormo blend and just need to ply it. I did finish a pair of socks!

    Just for fun

    You are probably starting to think about Thanksgiving. Either you are hosting or maybe attending a gathering and it's time to figure out what you are bringing! My dad used to make this Bavarian Apple Torte and it is definitely holiday table worthy. It takes a little more work but so worth it. I hope you enjoy!

    Bavarian Apple Torte

    Crust: 1/2 c. butter ( 1 stick) 1/3 c. sugar 1/4. t. vanilla 1 c. flour

    Filling: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 c. sugar 1 egg 1/2 t. vanilla

    Topping: 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/3 c. sugar 4 c. peeled, cored and sliced apples 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

    Preheat over to 450.

    To make the crust, cream the butter and sugar, add in vanilla and flour. Press into a 9" round greased, spring form pan, covering the bottom and 2" up the sides.

    To make the filling, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add in the egg and vanilla, Spread over the bottom of the crust.

    For the topping, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the apples and mix well. Spoon over the filling. (you can make it pretty by layering but I don't and it tastes just as good!). Sprinkle with the walnuts. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 and then reduce heat to 400. Continue baking for 25 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before removing the sides of the pan.

    Note: You can also add 1/2 t. almond extract to the filling and use sliced almond instead of walnuts! If you want to be fancy and give it a shiny glaze, warm some apricot jam and brush it over the top when it is done baking.

  • Harvest Season Goodies for Fiber Crafters (plus a pumpkin swirl bread recipe)!

    Last Saturday I went over to the NC State College of Textiles for their open house. They had invited the Carolina FiberFest to demonstrate so I was there with a number of friends on our spinning wheels. We talked to lots of people and got to see a Pyroman demonstration, it was very impressive. I worked on spinning a cormo, angora, silk blend that I got from a friend's farm, and it's just delightful.

    It really is feeling like the fall harvest season! Let's look at some harvest inspired listings this week. Scroll down for an easy pumpkin cream cheese bread! As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

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    Home of the Multi-Zippered Bag

    Lovely rust and golds blend together on this batik fabric multi-zippered bag.  These bags are wonderful and I use mine all the time. It zips into a tidy roll and opens to a functional bag with 3 zippered compartments and other larger spaces. The front opens into a tray to collect notions. $20

     

     

     

     


     

    BB Knits

    This Spanish Market colorway makes me think of a market stand full of beautiful gourds. Fingering weight yarn of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon with 460 yards. $22

     

     

     


     

    Pixie Knit Designs

    Fool's Gold -  Golden wheat colored bitty batts of fiber are hand carded and so fluffy! Set of 5 batts weigh a total of 1.4 ounces and are created from a blend of mixed fine wool, tussah silk, silk hankies, mohair locks, cotton, and firestar sparkle. $7.70

     

     

     


     

    Ten Mile FIber

    Leicester longwool is a lustrous wool that is resistant to felting. Staple length is usually between 5 and 14" and it can be spun into a smooth yarn. This is a 4 ounce braid of combed top has been dyed rich fall colors and will spin beautifully. This is a conservation breed. $20

     

     

     

     


     

    Terra Allure Hobby Farm

    Fall Colors - Beautiful fingering weight skein spun from a blend of 56% alpaca, 30% angora, and 14% wool. This yarn will be airy, lightweight and warm. The color is subtly marled and has a total of 316 yards. $41

     

     


     

    Loop by Loop Studio

    This rug hooking kit would be a fun project or make a great gift for someone! Custom pumpkin design for a 12" by 16" linen pillow. It includes all the materials plus detailed instructions. You just need a craft hoop, pillow form and needle and thread for finishing! $57

     

     

     


     

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    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Set of 10 harvest stitch markers that are snagless and with a low profile so that don't interfere with your work. Two each of 5 colored beads for a little bling. They fit up to a US8/5.0mm needle. $5

     

     

     

     

     


     

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    Puss n Boots Hand Dyed Yarn

    Wheat Fields of Dover - Soft golden brown hand dyed yarn in a fingering weight with 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. 464 yards per skein.  $25.50

     

     

     

     


     

    Current Crafting

    I'm currently experiencing some forearm pain that knitting aggravates so, sadly,  I haven't done much this week. Hopefully it resolves soon so that I don't lose my mind!

    Just for fun

    You are either a pumpkin fan or you are not. I happen to be a fan. I'm not sure where I got this recipe because I've had it for years but it is really yummy and easy, too. I hope that you enjoy!

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

    8 ounces of cream cheese ¼ c. sugar 1 egg 1 ¾ cup flour 1 ½ cup sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 c. pumpkin ½ c. melted butter 1 egg 1/3 cup water

    Combine cream cheese, sugar and 1 egg, mix well and set aside. Combine dry ingredients. Combine pumpkin, butter, 1 egg and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Reserve 2 cups of this batter.

    Pour remaining batter into a greased and floured 9x5 loaf pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over top and then pour reserved 2 cups of batter over. Cut through with a knife a few times to create a swirled affect. Bake at 350 for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • New patterns from Carolina FiberFest 2020 (plus some great FiberCrafty listings)

    The Carolina FiberFest released the Craft Along 2020 patterns! Even if you won't attend the festival, these are great patterns and you should check them out! My podcast cohost, Greg, released the knit Tiger Owl Cowl. And the crochet pattern, Unexpectedly Angular, was released by Connie Lee Lynch. I have made both and they are fantastic! They will only be free until just after the festival.

    This week let's just look at a random selection of listings. As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

        Knit KnackedBeautiful interchangeable crochet hook set. Hand turned wooden handle comes with 3 sizes of hooks I/9.0mm, J/10.0mm and K/10.5mm.  Hooks are inline aluminum with a chrome finish.  $35

     

     

     

     


     

    IlLOOMinated Yarns

    Merlot - 80% superwash merino wool and 20% silk yarn has just the right touch of luxury to add softness, shine and drape. Brilliant tonal purple provides a perfectly eye catching color. Fingering weight 400 yards. $30

     

     

     

     


     

    Trade from Scratch

    Neopolitan -  a perfectly soft palette of cream, muted pink and gentle brown. 4 ounces of mixed wools sourced from farms in Pennsylvania with a micron count of 24. Easy to spin and one of a kind. $18

     

     

     


     

    Homespun Heirloom Yarns

    Zesty red, oranges and yellows are complemented with pops of green in this expertly handspun yarn. Blue Faced Leicester wool in a sport weight with a generous 594 yards. 2 skeins. This is soft and luxurious but still offers strength. $69.90

     

     

     


     

    Inspiration by Karen

    Autumn Days - Karen's artwork is breathtaking and they are all made by needle felting! They range from 3d designs to "flat" portraits like this one. An autumn tree with leaves cascading down and a row of pumpkins. Unframed, measures about 5"x7". $55

     

     


     

    A Twist in Time

    18% Merino and 82% Tencel are milled together without blending and the end result is a stripey roving. Spins into a grey yarn and could even be overdyed! Sold by the ounce. $3.50

     

     

     


     

    Ewe and Dye

    Morchella - Gorgeous warm mushroom-brown fingering weight yarn. A base of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, this is versatile for just about any use and a lovely neutral that could be paired easily. 463 yards. $25

     

     


     

    LunaStitch

    Magnetic Shawl Pin - These amazing brooches are help keep your shawl in place without damaging the fabric. Extremely strong magnets will work through 2 layers of fabric. Also a wonderful gift to give with a handknit. Lots of styles available. $12

     

     

     

     


     

    Current Crafting

    Well, I think I have recovered from my missed State Fair deadline. Last week we also had a crazy week (out of town guests, birthday celebrations, etc) and in addition to my knitting setbacks, I didn't have much time to start back on the sleeves. I finally did though and am making progress!

    Just for fun

    A few years ago I saw this idea that I just haven't been able to get out of my mind. In the fall when yards get aerated, the holes are just the right size and depth for crocus bulbs. If you run around and poke bulbs down, they should grow into a crocus lawn in the spring. I have yet to actually try this but I love the idea of it!

  • October is... pink?

    Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It affects SO many women! Breast Cancer Awareness has popularized the color pink for October, so let's take a look at some breast cancer awareness and pink items! Each of these pink items are available for sale online at FiberCrafty: as always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    The Artful Princess

    What a fun project bag (with pink accents!) Large wedge bag that is generously sized. It has a padded interior and a wrist strap. Measures  8" x 4.5" and stands 11.25" tall. $30

     

     

     


    Promised Land Fibers

    First cut kid mohair is airy, drapey and has that beautiful slight halo. Extremely soft and lightly hand spun, this is the perfect yarn for a shawl. Sport weight with 420 yards. This is a luxury find! $60

     

     

     


    My Grandma's Garden

    "Awareness" is a set of 4 stitch markers featuring the pale pink crystals, pearls and the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. Elegant while making a statement at the same time, they will fit up to a US9/5.5mm needle. $10

     

     

     


    PassionKNITS Yarn

    Gorgeous fingering weight yarn in a soft tonal pink with splashes of white and splatters of black and dark pink. 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% Stellina means you get sparkle, too!  463 yards, $27

     

     

     


    Split Rock Ranch

    Ballerina Pink combed top is a blend of 80% South American wool and 20% viscose tweed. Beautifully speckled and slightly tonal. This roving could also be used for felting. 4 ounces, $12

     

     

     

     


    APLCrafts Handmade

    Strawberry Smoothie - 100% merino wool in a DK weight is perfect knitting or crocheting for so many things from baby sweaters to cowls.  Soft pink is highlighted by pops of light cream. 246 yards, $23

     

     

     


    Fairily Fiber Fun

    Hand carded and gently textured spinning batt in pinks and oranges with a few sections of purple sparkle.  A variety of fibers are included, details in listing. Approximately 2 ounces, can also be felted.  $10

     

     

     


    Sadie Spins!

    Flamingo - Falkland is used to describe wool that comes from the Falkland Islands and is generally a fine wool from breeds like Merino, Polwarth, Correidale and more. This braid is 5.7 ounces. $29

     

     

     

     


    Yarn and Dogs

    4 ounces of vibrant pink cheviot handspun yarn in a DK weight with 200 yards. Lofty and bouncy, this is a great multi-purpose yarn. $40

     

     

     

     


    Knitting Nook by Reva

    Coming Up Roses - Drawstring project bag with a multitude of roses set against vibrant green leaves. Generously large size is 19" x 19" with a ribbon drawstring. Lined and with interfacing to help give it a little structure.  $24.99

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Current Crafting

    I don't know why necklines can cause so much trouble but they can! I am going to finish the neckline on my daughter's Julgran for the 3rd (and hopefully last!) time tonight. The first time it was too floppy, the second time I forgot to change to the correct size needles. This one should be just right!  Lucky for me, I love the yarn I'm using from Ain at PassionKNITS Yarn, so it's just more knitting. (Did I mention that I'm entering it in the State Fair? I have to drop it off by October 14! Think I'll make it?)

     

    Just for fun

    Do you have an InstantPot? I LOVE mine and use it all the time. One of the things I use it for is making grains like farro, rice and quinoa.  It's easy and mess free. I have found that the best way to do it is measure and wash the grain. Because the grain is wet, it contributes to the total amount of water.  I use equal amounts of water to the grain. So if I have 1 cup of rice, I use one cup of water.  Usually for brown rice I add another tablespoon or two of water. Then I pressure cook them for the following times, usually followed by a natural release. If you want to try another grain I didn't list below, do a search to get the right time and then this formula seems to work for everything!

    • Quinoa - 1 minute
    • White Rice - 4 minutes
    • Farro - 10 minutes
    • Brown Rice - 24 minutes
  • Did someone say "wine"?

    This week I took about an ounce of my cheviot from Sadie Spins! to spin a practice yarn (yes, I'm "swatching!"). I want to start my spinning for socks project. Remember way back in January when I said I was going to do this? I love the colorway that I got - it's a dark wine and rich.

    Speaking of wine, the color trends for fall are deep and vibrant reds like Cranberry, Merlot, and Crabapple. You know what means, let's explore this palette, perfect for fall and the holidays! As always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Dockside Yarn & Fiber

    Beautiful coral reds that have a hint of brown. This handspun is a blend of 60% superwash merino and 40% tencel, making it soft and fluffy. 2-ply light fingering weight with 575 yards. $50

     

     

     


    Angel Locks Fiberworks

    Stunning gradient roving - predrafted merino wool with slow color change and a total of 4 ounces of fiber. This will be easy and fun to spin. $25

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    The Girl Who Crafted

    Downton Abbey Collection featuring the colorway Lady Mary is on a DK Blue Faced Leicester yarn base. 100% superwash, skeins have 246 yards. This colorway is also available on multiple bases! $26

     

     

     

     


    Ten Mile Fiber

    Hand-dyed Leicester Longwool combed top in a gorgeous blend of crimsons, reds and green browns. Longwool is great for socks and spins into a sleek yarn. 4 ounces.  $20

     

     

     

     

     


    Woolmarket Fibers

    Cabernet - Rich wine red tweed yarn allow you to use a tonal yarn but still have pops of texture and color with the tweedy bits! Fingering weight yarn in 85% superwash merino and 15% neps. 438 yards. $28

     

     

     

     


    KnitrxSews

    Fancy sheep set atop a wine red faux leather base in this project bag. Large bag holds 2-3 skeins, has an 8" wrist strap, is fully lined and with the top folded over, acts as a yarn bowl! Measures 11.5" W x 9.5" H x 4.5" deep. $25

     

     

     


    Puss n Boots Yarn

    Firestorm is a fun play of colors that has a range of reds, and flashes of yellow and black. Fingering weight yarn with 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina adds an extra flash. 437 yards. $26.50

     

     

     


    Duchess Fiber Arts

    Berry Corriedale Roving in shades that range from plum to salmon will create a soft red appearance in the final handspun yarn. Correidale is a wonderful multi-purpose wool. 100 grams. $12

     

     

     

     


    Pixie Knit Designs

    Cranberry bitty batts are a hand carded spinning, weaving or felting.  A total of 1.3 oz, has mixed content of fine wool, Merino, tussah silk, sari silk, silk noil, bamboo, and nylon. There are a few other bitty batts in the shop that would be pretty paired with this!  $7.15

     

     


    Dancing Waters Farm

    4 ounce sampler of 4 shades of red in a 50% mohair, 50% Shetland blend. Colors include 1 ounce each of Fuchsia, Mahogany, Mulberry, and Reddish Brown.$9

     

     

     

     

     


    Just for fun

    Last week I told you about making the Julgran sweater for my daughter. It has a funnel neck and she wanted a simple ribbed neckband. With either version I had to pick up stitches around the neck and one trick that helps to create a tidier neckband is to pick up and knit with a needle a few size smaller. I'm using size US7 needles on the sweater so I picked up with a size US4. I will do the same for the sleeves. You know how sometimes in the neck your stitches can be a little wonky? If picked up stitches are larger, the wonkiness is exaggerated. If you use smaller needles, it helps to conceal. I hope that you find this helpful!

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