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  • 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!

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