June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival

  • An illustration of a laptop with a blue ball of yarn on the screen advertising the Virtu-wool Fiber Festival.

Bewitched Pigments is proud to sponsor the June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival being presented on Facebook. We will present 19 other vendors throughout both Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, 2020 with a new vendor starting a 45-minute live video showcasing their fiber related products with a new presenter beginning on the hour each hour from 10 a.m. EDT until 8 p.m. EDT.

Vendors will present a wide array of products including bare and hand-dyed yarns, yarn bowls and boxes, shawl pins, buttons, bags, stitch markers, patterns and fiber tools!

Bewitched Pigments will be the final presenter rounding everything out with a special announcement at the end of their live video. The Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event and we hope you will all join us throughout the weekend.

April 2, 2020

KnitSpinQuilt Carries On

  • A purple and black drawstring bag.

Hello to everyone. I hope you and your loved ones are holding up in these trying circumstances. I won’t tell you to be chipper or keep your chin up: I will tell you that I wish you all the best.

Things have been exciting here: I am holed up out of NYC with a dear friend. Since the shop is my only form of income, and most of it is in Brooklyn, I have been scrambling to get ducks in a row. I am safe: I am sheltering in place at home. I have arranged mail runs as part of my grocery run once a week, and I sew in my bedroom, so I am able to keep going for the time being.

I will be focusing on drawstring bags and DPN cases at first. If you have a particular request, PLEASE tell me. My contact form, Instagram DMs, Twitter DMs and email are all open to you, dear customers. If I have access to the fabric in question, I will be happy to sew up a custom bag at no additional cost. (I do hope you’ll understand that my access to fabric is limited at the moment.)

Because I believe strongly in putting my money where my mouth is, KnitSpinQuilt will continue to donate 15% of item prices to charity. In 2020, I have chosen the Ali Forney Center, a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in LGBTQ youth in New  York City. The Ali Forney Center cannot close under current circumstances, because it provides housing to at-risk youth, and is in need of support now more than ever.

Please keep safe, keep indoors, and keep on keeping on. This is going to be hard, but the only way forward is through.

Much care, Alisa

March 12, 2020

Introducing StarKnits

  • A white bag with a blue and green leaf pattern.

I’m an indie bag maker recently from Wisconsin, formerly from Pennsylvania, and I make everything myself.

The project bags I make are to carry around your knitting, crochet and spinning. I have many shapes, including box bags, pyramids, wedges and backpacks. I make a few bags that snap to hang on spinning wheels or looms in order to hold fiber or tools.

All of the bags are designed by me. I search far and wide for fabric and even have some that I print specifically for my business alone. I always have a variety of prints, some of which don’t stay around long. The fabric baskets and rope bowls are excellent to sit beside your wheel or loom to hold fiber or weaving supplies. I also make stitch markers to hold your place in knitting or crochet. I make orifice hooks for your spinning wheel and crochet hooks with fun handles. The crochet hooks are one of a kind as I play with clay and bake them on the hook. I also just recently have started to blend some different wools together to make batts for sale.
I love doing special orders and I’ve worked with other indie dyers to do collaborations of bags and yarn kits. Please feel free to message me to see about your own collaboration or bag made specifically for you. I also have items that I don’t generally sell online, but if you’ve seen them at a show and you’d like them, message me!

StarKnits was scheduled to vend at Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, March 20-22 and then at YarnCon in Chigago, IL, April 4-5. Both events were canceled due to COVID-19 and I applaud the organizers for being proactive about the health of our community. I’m using my time to take photos and do an update of epic proportions (at least for this one-woman business) starting on the 20th.