Do you support the "indies"? Highland Handmades
|Highland Handmades, Clementine Sugar Maple Sock Yarn|
Clara asked us to think about the scarcity of wool production in today's industry. There are a growing number of small businesses who provide the services of cleaning fleeces, or preparing the fiber for spinning, or do the spinning and then the dyeing.
|Woolen Mills of New England, imported from |
|Highland Handmades Contemplate, merino and silk.|
As always, I am excited to share some information with you! I keep hearing the hosts of podcasts like Stockinette Zombies, The Fat Squirrel Speaks or Single Handed Knits mention the depth of color and softness of the yarn and fiber from Highland Handmades. They refer to the podcast The Fiberista Files with praise, and some, as in Mel from Single handed Knits, extoll the simple beauty of the hand made spindles.
|Top Whorl Spindle in cherry|
|Heather modelling her Lined Beanie|
|Don't Cage Me In|
|La Vie de Bois|
and that they were fun to knit. Other podcasters share the results of spinning their Highland Handmades fibers, the colors in Heather's batts are so beautiful.
Heather is best friends with Katie, of the podcast Knittin On The Fly, and they often cohost a show on one of their two sites. One of my favorites is from last summer when they recorded outdoors at a campground in Maine.
Katie and Heather are currently knitting pet cozies which will be donated to local animal rescues. They are in competition with each other and urging their listeners to choose sides, and knit or crochet or sew up a storm of pads which will be placed in the small kennel cages that the animals live in.
The details for this KAL can be found at the Yarnivorus Ravelry group. There are specific sizes and fibers that are required, in case you are inclined to join in. Will you join Team Heather or Team Katie??? Please check out a recent episode and consider joining in and making a few squares of extra stash scrap yarn, then choose which podcaster you send it to. I assure you that in watching these women you will find them to be casual, genuine and funny. When I watch, I feel like we are all sitting at the same table, as if at knit night at my LYS.
I know I have been chanting this whole"watch more podcasts" at you all for a while now, but try knitting to a podcast rather than TV, you will be surprised by the patterns and yarns and events you will learn about.
One of the things to know about indie artisans is this, they are usually working alone, they can only produce so much for their shops, so if you want to buy from them, you'll need to know about "shop updates". Heather has been doing Saturday shop updates since I have been following her.
|Here is my first tip toe into the Highland Handmades stash enhancement.|
I urge you to consider this experience I have shared when you next think about adding to your stash, support the independent artisans and let them know you appreciate their efforts!
Share any great indie fiber sources that you have discovered in the comments! Thanks!