September 15, 2021

Celebrating naturally colored wool

  • A skein of yarn and braid of fiber in golden beige.

Hello fellow fiber crafters!

We all know and love the bright colors that can be achieved by dyeing white fibers. However, sheep (and other fiber animals) come in a variety colors! And if you follow me at all, you know that I love to work with non-white fleeces!

So in today’s post I will be celebrating some of my products (both handspun yarn and fibers) that use non-white fleeces!

The two group pictures of multiple colorways actually used two different fleeces: the darker one is from a mostly black/dark gray Romeldale/CVM fleece, while the more colorful one is from a light brown Romney fleece.

As always I washed, picked, carded, dyed and spun everything myself and I just love how the natural color of the wool enhances the dye. It is just so much fun to work with!

And sometimes I don’t even dye the wool at all and just let the natural color be the star of the show!

So if you want to check out my yarns and fibers, make sure to visit my website!

And while you are there:
At the top right corner you will find a button to become a fiber pack member (= a subscriber to my newsletter).
Being a fiber pack member comes with some great advantages: not only will you get notified about shop updates and get fiber craft related links to fun patterns and articles, you will also receive monthly discount codes!
And the September one is a huge 20% off!

So become a fiber pack member, snatch that discount and then shop to your heart’s content!

As always, enjoy your crafts,
Nat

August 31, 2021

Zwhat’s up with Zwartbles?

  • A twisted hank of black yarn with red undertones.

Our yarn Ultisol has a very special ingredient. It went on a long journey across the pond to arrive stateside, with 50 pounds of it showing up in two very large bags at my doorstep.

That ingredient is Zwartbles sheep wool.

Zwartbles sheep are a European breed. They are not raised in North America, where Gothfarm Yarn is based. The wool in our yarn was imported from a supplier in the Netherlands. The name Zwartbles is Dutch for “black with a blaze” – which is a nice, concise description of the sheep breed.

The name is pronounced “Z-vart-bles.” A Dutch woman was kind enough to politely correct me when I was calling it “Z-wart-bulls.” I have a friend who just calls it the “Z sheep” to be on the safe side!

Zwartbles wool is naturally black, but the sun easily bleaches the tips. This gives the black wool a red undertone, with overall color coming pretty close to dark chocolate. In our yarn Ultisol, we blend the Zwartbles wool with fiber from Cinnamon Red Huacaya alpaca. The result is a dynamic dark brown yarn with auburn highlights. The yarn is named after a rich red soil type.

Ultisol has a medium-soft, springy feel, making it great for all sorts of outerwear. (Check out the Bearclaw beanie – a pattern designed especially with Ultisol in mind – in picture five.)

The yarn is 2-ply and worsted weight, and due to differences in the staple length in the sheep wool and alpaca fleece, has a more rustic appearance. It can pass for handspun even though it is 100% mill spun. And if you’re into handspinning, make sure to check out our Ultisol roving. It’s the same fiber, just unspun.

Zwartbles wool is not very common in commercial yarn. The reason for that includes color, availability, and the market dominance of Merino. We love being able to highlight – and enhance – wool from a distinct, international sheep breed.

There’s a whole wide world of fiber out there. Our yarns offer a way to explore it.

July 4, 2021

Tour de Fleece special: BOGO 30% off on all roving!

  • Gray roving.

As cyclists speed around France, wool lovers are spinning their own wheels along with them during the Tour de Fleece 2021!

The Tour de Fleece is a way to motivate/challenge/excuse yourself to spin as much yarn as possible from June 26 – July 18. We are well stocked on roving to keep your wheel (or spindle) turning during the whole tour. To keep the fiber flowing, we’re offering a special Tour de Fleece special: Buy one get one 30% off on all rovings! Just enter code SPINIT at checkout.

Our rovings are:
-100% Jacob wool roving
– Ultisol, a blend of Red Huacaya Alpaca & Zwartbles sheep wool
-100% Coopworth wool roving
– Cirrus, a pencil roving made from a blend of Jacob wool and Shetland wool

Like all of our products, our rovings are made from undyed, naturally colored fibers. Each one has a unique look and feel that relates directly to the fauna that grew the fiber.

Learn more about each roving in our online shop! And remember to enter “SPINIT” at checkout for BOGO 30% off! Offer ends on July 18.

July 1, 2021

Big Independence Day sale this weekend!

  • A gradient of purple yarn.

Hi!

If you have been curious about trying out my yarns and fibers, but want to spend as little money as possible on your first buy (don’t we all 😉 ), I might have the solution for you:

This weekend (Friday July 2nd to Sunday July 4th) there will be a big Independence Day Sale!

All you need to do is shop on my website and you’ll automatically receive these discounts on checkout:
orders over $100 will get 20% off
orders over $50 will get 15% off
all other orders will get 10% off

In case you don’t know me yet:
Hi, I’m Nat and I create spinning fibers and yarn from the raw fleece.
This means I buy raw fleeces that I then wash, pick, card, dye and spin for you.
My loyal mascot and canine supervisor Fiberdog Hestia is the inspiration for the company name and is there for all the steps of my creation process (and quite often appears on my social media). Unfortunately this also means that I do not recommend buying from me if you are allergic to dogs.

Shipping in the U.S. is free, as always.

However, if you are outside the U.S. and would like to order, please contact me through email, so we can figure out how to make that possible for you.

I hope to see you on my website soon and as always: enjoy your crafts!

June 21, 2021

Winter Solstice Countdown and Tour De Fleece

  • A coiled braid of pink and purple fiber.

I’m Stephania of Three Fates Yarns and I  specialize in hand-dyed semisolid yarns that range in weight from singles to DK. The majority of the yarns are a fingering weight blend. I offer a range of mini-skein kits and and hand-dyed sock blanks. I spent this last year focusing on hand-dyed spinning fiber, specializing in environmentally friendly wool from the Falkland Islands (Falkland Merino and Polwarth) and luxury blends like Merino yak and silk.

December Countdown kits are also available through the website.

June 3, 2021

Do you have enough fiber for your Tour de Fleece?

  • A braid of green and blue fiber.

There are only a few more days until the Tour de Fleece starts. In case you haven’t heard of it before: it is a worldwide (online) event for spinners to challenge themselves and cheer each other on. It happens every year during the time of the famous Tour de France.

As I am an enthusiastic spinner myself, I have washed, picked, carded and dyed up a storm for you and added some more fibers to my shop. They are all ready to ship, with free shipping in the U.S., and I will in fact add more in the next few days (some batches are still drying as I am writing this).

So check out my shop and get all the fiber for your Tour de Fleece!

And if you are not a spinner:
I also have handspun yarn, like “Green Spring” that you can see in one of the pictures above.

And if you are really adventurous: why not learn to spin? I also offer beginner’s kits with written and video instructions and should you ever have any questions, you can always contact me.

Enjoy!

May 26, 2021

NJ Fibershed Spring Fleece & Yarn Sale

Need fiber? We’re having a Fleece & Yarn Sale on Sunday, May 30, 2021, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The sale will feature fleece, yarn, spinning fiber, natural dye plants, honey, and other farm products from local fiber producers. Are you a spinner? Join us for a Spin-In, hosted by the North Country Spinners and the South Jersey Guild of Spinners & Weavers! This is an outdoor event, with field parking and shopping.

Windswept Acres Sheep Farm, 173 Whitebridge Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867
Sunday, May 30, 2021 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Rain date Sunday, June 6, 2021)

May 19, 2021

Subscriptions and Preorders Open

Preorders are open for the 2021 December Fiber Advents. Two themes to choose from this year. Each advent will include 24 small packages and one large package of fiber for a total of 10 oz of ready to spin or felt fiber, plus a couple non-fiber surprises. Spin, felt or craft your way through December!

Subscriptions are open for the Fiber Club inspired by Star Gate. This club will include 3 releases of fiber and handmade polymer clay buttons. Subscriptions close June 1.

New for 2021 – Spa Day CSA. This non-fiber CSA is an assortment of handmade soaps, moisturizers, and a spa cloth. The soaps and moisturizers are handmade in small batches in the studio and all items are made with no added fragrances. This would be a wonderful treat for yourself or gift for that special person.

See the Wild Hair Studio Etsy shop for full details.

Follow me on Instagram to see my upcoming colorways come to life.

May 10, 2021

WoolenWomenFibers: Indie Dyed Yarn “Down to a Science!”

  • A collage of fluorescent pink and orange yarn and mushrooms.

Hello makers!

We are WoolenWomenFibers, a women-owned and family-run small business — we are comprised of a mother and her twin daughters. The owner and dyer behind these gorgeous colors is a molecular scientist who now uses her laboratory skills in the dye studio to create indie-dyed yarn “down to a science!” We pair our fibers with handcrafted knitting jewelry by SamsTinyTrinkets and project bags by Aggie’s Bags to create one-of-a-kind knit and crochet kits!

Check out our themed kits and more at Woolenwomenfiber.com today! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for monthly yarnie news and discounts.

To connect with The Woolen Women, watch our vlog on youtube. Follow Woolenwomenfibers, Aggiedecarloknits, and samstinytrinkets on Instagram, or check out PhDyer on Patreon for weekly vlogs, behind the scenes content, weekly blogs, discounts on all WoolenWomenFibers, knit nights and more!

April 22, 2021

The perfect base for spring & summer projects

  • Skeins of bright pink, blue, orange and green yarn.

50% Cotton 50% Superwash Merino is the perfect base for spring and summer knit or crochet projects.

We have made several projects using this yarn.

Picture #1 is shown with our directional stitch markers and cast on makers. Colors – Strawberry, Blue Raspberry, Saffron, Jolly Rancher, Pistachio

Picture #2 Colors Jaw Breaker, Alabaster, Frolic, Candy Necklace, Galaxy

Picture #3 Minimalist Cotton Tee by Minimalist Knitting – Color Galaxy

Picture #4 Streamline Tank by Alexandra Tavel – Color Jolly Rancher