The Fibre Co. Story

© The Fibre Co.

Yarns are shaped by the characteristics of the fibers that go into them, and the same may be said of people. For Daphne Marinopoulos, the founder of The Fibre Co., it is safe to say that textiles are in her blood. Her grandparents, immigrants from Greece in the early twentieth century, worked in the famous fiber mills of Lowell, MA, and her father attended the textile trade school there before going on to become a textile engineer for Dupont. Although she had an early interest in handcrafts and fashion, Daphne was encouraged to enter the more practical field of finance, and made a successful career in business and financial management, flying around the world for work, carrying her knitting with her into business class. In 2002, however, she needed a change and, given the opportunity to buy a small mill in Portland, ME, she took the chance and founded the Fibre Co. in 2003.

© The Fibre Co

From the start, The Fibre Co. was about experimentation. Although she had initially planned to partner with local farmers to process their fiber, because she was working at such a small scale, Marinopoulos was able to try out a wide range of different natural fiber types in her small milling machine, using trial and error to find out which blends worked well together and which did not. Although known for smooth, luminescent luxury fiber blends such as Road to China – which combines baby alpaca, cashmere, camel, and silk – one of The Fibre Co.’s main innovations was to combine plant and animal fibres into a single yarn, producing the sort of rustic luxury one finds in Meadow, the laceweight combination of wool, llama, silk, and linen, where the plant fibers stand out and create a heathered effect. These novel combinations of fibers produce yarns that play with qualities of the fibers from which they are made – mohair adding weightless warmth, or silk adding a surprise strength along with its softness and sheen.

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The quest for color was one of the main reasons for Marinopoulos’ experimentation with fiber. The different fibers and fiber blends take up dye different – silk absorbs differently from wool, and alpaca from linen. In order to produce the ideal combination of color tones and combinations in a single skein, The Fibre Co. chooses fibers that will produce a richly varied colorway in a single skein. Sometimes that means using caramel colored camel to add a warm undertone, or using silk to give an otherwise staid wool interesting flecks of color, as in Acadia, a combination of wool, baby alpaca, and silk noil; no matter what the combination, yarns from The Fibre Co. are engineered for beauty. Dye blends are produced with the same care and sense of experimentation that goes into the fiber blends: to produce a final palette of 12 to 14 colors for one yarn line, Marinopoulos produced around 85 potential colorways before selecting the ones she wished to bring to market. As the company scaled up and production shifted from the mini mill in Maine to commercial mills in Peru, Marinopoulos traveled to the mill to work with the dyers there to develop a process that would create the results she wanted – strong, artisanal, and deeply evocative of a sense of place.

© The Fibre Co

The palette for each yarn from The Fibre Company is built around a theme, usually with the intent of creating a sense of place. Acadia, though dyed in Peru, brings to mind the colors of the woods in Maine, with rich earth tones combining with greens, reds, and cooler toned neutrals. The palette for Tundra – a surprisingly light bulky weight blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and silk – suggests the coolness of winter in its icy blues and sunset jewel tones, while a pop of brighter green hints at the coming spring. When the company moved to Britain in 2015, the source of their inspiration changed as well. The colors of the Irish milled Arranmore – a tweedy blend of merino, cashmere, and silk – reflect the dramatic landscape of the Irish coast, with rich blues, greens, and heathery sunset colors.


How does your knitting connect you with your surroundings?

 

--Meaghan

 

 

November 06, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Woolfolk Tov II Collection Favorites

© Woolfolk

Our friends at Woolfolk have released another collection featuring their yarn TOV—now available in five additional colors and a brand new DK weight! We love the dense aran weight TOV for extra-warm winter wear, but the lighter weight TOV DK will wear across multiple seasons. Tov is a high-twist multi-ply yarn that knits with excellent stitch definition while maintaining its softness which is standard for Woolfolk yarns.

© Woolfolk

The TOV collection II features rich textures and meandering cables. The Bølge scarf by Scott Rohr is our favorite accessory from the collection with its bold intersecting stripes and diagonal motifs. The texture pattern is worked using stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches making the scarf aesthetically reversible, so you don’t have to hide the back side of the work. Bølge is a perfect project for an adventurous beginner with a working knowledge of knitting charts, or an open-mind for learning. It’s a universally appealing garment that works for women and men of all ages. Knit one for yourself, your brother or your teenage granddaughter. The gifting possibilities are endless.

© Woolfolk

Two pullovers stand out from the collection of Tov DK patterns. The first of which is Havgræs, a ribbed pullover with an elegant Art Deco-style texture pattern on the front and back panels. I imagine designer Sarah Soloman stepping into a vintage New York City speakeasy and stepping out with this feathery motif on the needles… In addition to the charted texture pattern, the garment features a drop sleeve shoulder seam, vented hem and bracelet-length sleeves, while the pattern utilizes cable stitches, japanese short-rows and sloped and three-needle bind off techniques, recommended for intermediate knitters.

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Much of Woolfolk’s TOV II collection leans toward tradition, drawing obvious inspiration from classic gansey fisherman sweaters. Despite its old-style influence, Drivtømmer, designed by Mary Anne Benedetto, stands out as a contemporary, feminine, statement sweater. This pattern features several different styles of sophisticated cables that twist and weave throughout the garment—an absolute playground for confident cable knitters. I’m enamoured by the elegant finishing techniques like the cables that wind all the way down to the hem and that beautiful cabled shoulder seam. Most of the sweater is knit flat and seamed, however some elements, like the collar, will require circular needles. You’ll want to have confidence knitting and reading cable charts, tubular cast on and bind off, as well as sloped bind off techniques.


Be sure to check out Woolfolk’s entire TOV collection II and let us know what you’re inspired to knit with TOV DK.

 

 

October 30, 2017 by Charli Barnes

Isager Story

© Helga Isager

The story behind the Isager Yarn company is, like the yarns themselves, a study in contrasts – more particularly the often uneasy tension between creative self-expression and technical expertise. Marianne Isager and her coauthors beautifully capture this story in the book ÅLJ: Åse Lund Jensen – a Danish knitwear designer, which is part homage to Jensen, a notable knitwear designer and founder of the company that would become Isager Yarns, and part reflection on the politics and meaning of craftsmanship. The essays on feminist knitting and knitting as activism, including a mention of the ”pussy hat” pattern from January 2017 give the book tremendous value for the conscientious knitter, beyond the yarn story and knitting patterns.

 

© Isager Yarns

As with Sunday Knits, the Isager yarns sprung from the lack of quality yarns in pleasing colors. In the early 1970s, Åse Lund Jensen was applying for a membership in the Den Permanente – a private craft sales cooperative founded in 1931, which displayed and marketed the work of independent crafters who were not able to run showrooms of their own – and her work was turned down due to the bright, harsh colors of the knitting yarn available in Denmark at the time. Jensen reached out to a woollen mill in Skive, on the Jutland peninsula, and worked with them to develop three durable, yet lightweight yarns: Spinni, ALJ (a 3-ply DK weight yarn), and Hebridia (a thicker 4-ply yarn). As the mill‘s color palette was still not to her liking, Jensen partnered with a friend to develop a color palette inspired by plant dyes, ranging through cooler greys and indigo blues to greens and earthen browns. In order to create more possibilities for the knitted fabric, Jensen developed three tones for each individual color – light, medium, and dark – ensuring that no matter which colors the knitter picked, the results would look as good as if the pattern had been designed for them.

 

© Marianne Isager

Marianne Isager was a student at the School for Decorative Arts in Copenhagen when she met Jensen, who gave a seminar in knitting in 1974. Isager at the time had been focussing on weaving and needlework, but she found the mathematical challenges of pattern design which Jensen presented during the seminar irresistible, and a welcome change from the laissez-faire “hen knitting” approach to the craft at the time. The ethos of “hen knitting” focused on knitting as an act of self-expression, with nothing planned out in advance, and all numbers and shaping left to intuition: “If the sweater was too big — give it to your boyfriend, or to a child if it turned out too small.” Jensen, on the other hand, was adamant about swatching, like her contemporary Elizabeth Zimmermann in the US; Jenson wanted to “raise the level” of Danish handcrafts and teach the importance of the technical knowledge that gives knitters the best chance of creating the desired result – whether that result is a perfect circle with intarsia feminist symbols, or a perfectly tailored sweater.

© Åse Lund Jensen

Isager and Jensen remained in touch after the seminar, the older designer mentoring the student in knitwear design and business skills, while Isager became increasingly involved in the yarn company. In February 1977, Åse Lund Jensen learned she had developed lung cancer, and began to transfer the business to Marianne Isager; by the end of March, Jensen had died at the age of 57. Isager juggled family – including her daughter Helga – her schoolwork, and the management of the yarn company for two more years. In 1979, Isager graduated from her course and focussed her energy full time on the company, now called Isager Yarns.

 

© Marianne Isager

In addition to telling the story of Isager yarns through essays and letters, The ÅLJ Jubilee Collection includes a range of patterns for garments, accessories, and housewares by Åse Lund Jensen, Marianne Isager, Helga Isager, and Annette Danielson. We particularly like the bold visual effect of the Goose Eye pullover, a joint effort of Jensen and Marianne Isager. These patterns feature the meticulous attention to technical expertise that Jensen championed and, as such, can be a source of confusion for US knitters who happen to be less familiar with the norms of European pattern writing. As in Helga Isager’s Amimono collections – including The Artisan, Room 606, and The Map Collection – patterns are graded to a limited number of sizes, usually 3, but occasionally 4. The patterns assume familiarity with basic garment construction, as well as the ability to rework or reverse pattern elements (such as shaping) without wordy explanations. Knitters who have not worked with Isager patterns before are advised to read through the pattern thoroughly before beginning – and go to their LYS (we’d love to see you!) to ask for clarification on points they are not confident about. It might also be prudent to begin with some of the housewares, such as the entrelec cushion cover, just to become familiar with how an Isager pattern works.


We particularly loved the story of how Marianne Isager fell almost accidentally into the role of knitwear designer and yarn company owner, and it got us thinking about our own knitting stories. What drew you into knitting? What’s your knitting story?

 

-- Meaghan

October 09, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Brooklyn Tweed Fall 17 Favorites

© Brooklyn Tweed

As soon as we saw the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 17 collection we knew right away which ones were our favorites, Wallace, Sommers, and Equus, all designed by one of our favorites Julie Hoover. Her designs are so polished and interesting to knit that you’ll want to make these in every colorway.

© Brooklyn Tweed

1. Wallace

Wallace is the perfect chunky wrap for this season. I can’t wait to knit this up and wear it early autumn mornings while drinking my coffee on my patio or late at night while making smores next to the campfire. I love the bold patterns of seed stitch and stockinette printed with slanting seeded blocks. Since it is knit up in 6 skeins of Quarry it will fly off the needles quickly. Now time to pick a color I am thinking Hematite or Sandstone.

© Brooklyn Tweed

2. Sommers

This hat is gorgeous! I love that there are so many color options for this hat. This is perfect for anyone that is looking to practice their colorwork and a great stash busting project. I am thinking of using Sunday Knits in Angelic Black, Nirvana Charcoal, Eden Dove, Angelic Bone, and Nirvana Apple. I can’t wait to knit this up and wear it apple picking this fall!

© Brooklyn Tweed

3. Equus

This sweater has gorgeous embellished central panels with fine cables to keep your interest while knitting. It a relaxed A-line fit that you can easily wear with a pair of dark-washed jeans and ankle boots. I am thinking of knitting Equus in Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor in one of the following colorways: Porter, Black Fig, or Klimt. I will probably wait to make this until after I am done with Wallace and Sommers (yes I am one of those people that can only have one project going on at a time).



What are your favorites from Brooklyn Tweed’s Fall 17?

 

 

October 02, 2017 by Lacey Link

Our Favorites from Woolfolk FW17 Collection

© Woolfolk

Earlier this month Woolfolk rang in (arguably) the greatest season for knitting with a warm new color palette, introducing three new colors: numbers 18, 19 and 20. There is something absolutely savory about these figgy fall colors. The new pigments bring a sophisticated warmth to the Woolfolk FW17 collection that stands out among Woolfolk’s usual understated gray-white palette of collections past. The cashmere-soft 100% merino wools that make up fingering-weight Tynd and worsted weight Far lend themselves lovingly to the architectural brioche stitch that is so prominently featured throughout the collection.

© Woolfolk 

Knit Purl helped kick off the FW17 Woolfolk launch with its accompanying trunk show in our shop throughout September. After trying out each piece the Vejkryds Cardigan (designed by the Woolfolk team) was absolutely the most wearable, staple sweater of the collection and my number one pick out of the sweater category. Vejkryds translates from the Danish word intersect, and this cardigan stands confidently at the intersection of modern style and cozy comfort. You can snuggle up with coffee and a journal in the morning, then hunker down in the office to get work done wearing the same versatile piece. My favorite design element is the subtle shawl collar that sits comfortably at the neck and chest and won’t splay open excessively at the bust.

 

© Woolfolk

The collection has no shortage of unique accessories. Melanie Berg, known for her asymmetrical triangular shawls, surprised us with Gard, a modern rectangular shawl in a gorgeous dark plum color (#20). It is knit length-wise with a twisted rib and garter ridge pattern for a simple yet subtle geometric design. Drape it around the shoulders over a contrasting dress or blouse like the pollen-colored dress for a refined date night look or gather it around the neck for an extra warm winter scarf. Knit with five skeins of fingering weight Tynd it will yield a luscious, light-weight fabric with excellent drapey feel, keeping you warm without any excessive bulk!

 

© Woolfolk

The piece that caught my eye most as I pop in and out of the shop each day was the Omvej cowl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Its inviting brioche curves can draw my eye from across a room. If you’re feeling intimidated by brioche, Omvej is a great project to elevate your skills. Practice the basics on your swatch, then graduate to increases and decreases in the pattern and your stitches will be flowing in no time. Did you know that each printed Woolfolk pattern now includes a small woven clothing tag that you can delicately sew into your finished piece? With that sophisticated touch, your friends will want to know where you bought it. Be prepared—when they hear it’s hand-knit, they’ll beg you to make them one! That’s precisely why we’re thinking Omvej will make a luxurious holiday gift for someone special — and under $75 at that!

 

© Woolfolk

 

 

Give yourself a moment to take in the full Woolfolk FW 17 collection and share with us which pieces you can’t wait to knit.

 

 

September 25, 2017 by Charli Barnes

Shibui Knits FW17 Favorites

© Shibui Knits

As the weather cools off, and school starts up, it’s a fall tradition for many to begin looking at new fall fashions.  While some folks focus on Fall Fashion Week in New York, here at KP headquarters we wait all year for fall launch season.  When all of the big players in our yarny community roll out fall knitwear collections, experiment with new yarns, new construction and ignite our imagination with ALL of the latest fall fashions.  The coolest thing about this is that everything is influenced by the latest trends, but a few really great design houses know that as knitters, we look for a bit more timelessness in the garments we choose make.  This week, we will be focusing on the Fall/Winter collection from Shibui Knits, in which Shellie Anderson once again pulls through with a brilliant collection that perfectly caters to our desire to make and our desire to look incredible.  I’ve built my fall queue with three of her pieces from the FW17 collection.

 

© Shibui Knits

 

© Shibui Knits

1. Athos

The minute I saw this gem, I cast on.  A light scarf that with a genius construction becomes a cowl in the blink of an eye will fit perfectly into my ever-changing style.  Knit in Silk Cloud held with Pebble, the fabric of this cowl will have you reaching for it everytime you walk out the door this fall.  This piece also gave me an excuse to become really familiar with the german short row, which I now know is so easy, it should be considered a magic trick.  The hardest part of this project is choosing what two colors to pair together!

© Shibui Knits

2. Fresco

Alongside my Athos cowl, I was immediately drawn to Fresco.  I am absolutely itching to test drive Shibui’s new yarn, Birch.  What’s better than a beautiful pullover in a lush yarn?  And, dear me, I am a sucker for ¾ length cuffed sleeves and simple shaping that elevates a cozy sweater from “lazy saturday” status to work appropriate attire.  When a sweater is this comfortable, but looks so smart, it’s like a dirty little secret!

 

© Shibui Knits

3. Sitka

Third on the needles for this fall is the Sitka tee.  With its mock turtleneck and short sleeves, it’s got serious punch while remaining unassuming, which is a winning combination in my mind.  Not to mention that Drift is one of my favorite worsted weights out there and that the short sleeves means that I can wear this sweater under my favorite jacket without having layers getting bunched up in the sleeves.

 

With so many greats to choose from, what is going to be jumping onto your needles this sweater season?

 

 

September 18, 2017 by Em Hanna

Sunday Knits Story

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The Sunday Knits yarn line was born from a love of color and texture. Carol Sunday, whose designs range from the baroque Kelmscott Cardigan to the sleek Milano Pullover or the modern Madam Secretary, reached a point in her knitwear design career where she simply could not find the yarn available on the market that could embody the full scope of her designs. So she decided to make it herself. While not an expert on yarn production, she did know what she wanted to knit with: yarn that would create a fabric that “was cohesive, luxurious, yet [where] the stitches weren't lost in the beautiful bloom of it,” as she mentioned in an interview on the KP blog last year.

 

© Sunday Knits (Milano Pattern)

Carol finally found a mill in Italy – one that has been spinning and dyeing fiber for more than three hundred years – that could build yarn to her specifications. Using their immense expertise, she worked with their agents to source fiber humanely, ensuring that the sheep from which their Australian merino comes has not been subject to mulesing, the cashmere goats are humanely raised, while the Angora rabbits are raised on farms that are run in accordance with EU Animal Welfare standards.

 

© Knit Purl

The different yarn bases – Angelic, a 75% merino, 25% Angora; Eden, 100% merino; and Nirvana, a 92% merino, 8% cashmere (all of which are available in two weights, sport (3-ply) and worsted (5-ply)) – are designed to work well together and be used interchangeably, creating a rich, beautiful palette across the entire line. This same care and consideration goes into the processing of the fiber, which is kept to a minimum. Carol skeins, twists, and labels all of the yarn by hand in her Illinois studio, so while there may be mill splices, there should not be any knots in a skein. This personal attention also allows a greater level of thoughtfulness to go into the skein itself, which is slightly smaller – 54" – than the average skein, which means that it is easier to wind at home even if you don’t own a swift.


There are bold, beautiful yarns – skeins that sing from the shelf – and then there are the rarer yarns, the ones that make your knitting sing. From winding the skein into a ball, through the process of knitting, Carol Sunday’s yarns are a delight to work with and a pleasure to wear. The reason for this is clear: the combination of high quality materials with thoughtful, humane production.


Which yarns are you happiest knitting?

 

--Meaghan

September 04, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Labor Day Weekend Knits

© Andrea Mowry

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, that means a three-day weekend of knitting, grilling, and hanging out with family and friends. It is supposed to be clear and sunny here in Oregon so many of us at Knit Purl are taking advantage of this beautiful extra day off and heading to the beach or the mountains.


I am planning on spending the whole day at the beach soaking up the last bit of summer sun and starting on some autumn knits! Right now I am debating on three different projects: Take Flight Mitts, Shinko Hat, and Polka Dot Scarf.

 

© Andrea Mowry

Andrea Mowry’s Take Flight Mitts came out last year and I have been dying to make them! They are a quick knit and only take 1 skein of North Light Fibers Water Street (60% fine merino and 40% cashmere). I am thinking of knitting them up in Goldenrod colorway because they will pop with my navy blue peacoat during the fall and winter months.

 

© Kirsten Johnstone

Another project I would like to start this Labor Day weekend is Kirsten Johnstone’s new hat pattern, Shinko. It seems like a fun portable brioche knit. I am thinking of knitting it up in Woolfolk’s luxurious worsted weight yarn Far in color #1.

 

© Churchmouse Yarns

Besides Take Flight Mitts and Shinko I would like to work on Churchmouse’s gorgeous Polka Dot Scarf in Isager’s Alapca 1. I love that it is a seasonless accessory, I can wear it all winter long and into spring and summer. The best part is that it looks timeless, in twenty years I’ll still be wearing it! It will probably take me longer than a weekend to finish this project but I would like to get a good start on it at least.  


What knit project do you plan on working on during Labor Day weekend?

 

 

August 28, 2017 by Lacey Link

Wool People 11 Favorites

© Brooklyn Tweed | Jared Flood

As the weather finally cools down here in Portland, we are starting to think about gearing up for fall – which of course means sweater season. While we have great things to share with you once the fall collections launch, we keep returning to Wool People 11, Brooklyn Tweed’s showcase for independent designers using Brooklyn Tweed yarns.

 

© Brooklyn Tweed | Jared Flood

Without a doubt our favorite pattern from this collection is the Boundary Pullover from Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Knit in Arbor, Olga takes advantage of the smoothness of the yarn to build a pullover with crisp, clean lines and excellent wearability. The rib details at the side seams and shoulders have a bold, graphic quality against the reverse stockinette fabric and ensure a flattering fit. While reverse stockinette might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to knitting time, the sweater is worked flat so it’s not just hours of purling!

© Brooklyn Tweed | Jared Flood

We also loved Level, a striking shawl from designer Nancy Whitman. Featuring vivid color blocks formed by a combination of short rows and intarsia, Level is great project for an intermediate knitter looking to expand their skillset or to practice one or both of these useful techniques. Designed for Loft, this would also be beautiful in the Fibre Company’s Arranmore Light or Sunday Knits Nirvana, depending on your color preference. Be sure to check your gauge before starting, though!

 

© Brooklyn Tweed | Jared Flood

Another of our top picks is Harlowe, designed by Melissa Wehrle. Also knit in Arbor, Harlowe gives a more casual effect, with a high-low hem and understated overall stitch pattern. Knit in the round after completing the vented hem, slim sleeves and clean finishing on the deep V-neck keep this pullover looking sharp – making it a good layering piece for wearing around the house or for a weekend on the town.

© Brooklyn Tweed | Jared Flood

Last but not least, we also are also thinking about casting on Leadlight, a geometric lace stole designed by Amy van de Laar. Worked from the center out to ensure perfect symmetry, Leadlight echoes the effect of leading in stained glass windows, while also suggesting the organic branching of trees in winter. The clever construction ensures that Leadlight is manageable to knit, even for the casual lace knitter – though you should be comfortable knitting lace both flat and in the round, as well as reading charts before starting this pattern. Designed for Vale, we think Leadlight would be exquisite in Shibui Knits Pebble, which would give more of a Steve Rousseau effect.


What are your favorites from Wool People 11? Anything on your needles from this collection?

 

--Meaghan

August 21, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Cashgora Story

© Liba Brent

Some yarns draw the eye, some beg to be touched, while a select few reach out to the heart. These last are the yarns with a story, the rare skeins that combine quality of fiber with extraordinary character: Cashgora, distributed by Port Fiber in Portland, Maine, is one of those yarns. You know it the instant you touch a skein: each is soft, lustrous, and, when you bringing to your face to caress, you sense not the lingering scent of oil from the mill or vinegar from the dye bath, but a humane softness, a feeling of the yarn as vivid, living fiber.

 

© Liba Brent

Cashgora fingering weight yarn is the result of an extraordinary project in a remote region of the world. Before receiving grants from the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, and the Aga Khan Foundation, all of the fiber grown in the Pamir mountains was sold directly to China for spinning into commercial yarns. Paid at a low rate per kilogram, there was no quality control oversight and no incentive for the herders to improve either their stock or their fiber collection methods. The three grants, awarded in 2013 to a women's spinning collective in Tajikistan – and overseen by Wisconsin-based sociologist Liba Brent – allowed the women to refine the quality of their product, the transparency of their production process, and also improve their own quality of life.

 


© Liba Brent

Cashgora fiber is the result of crossbreeding cashmere, Angora, and other goats in the Pamir mountain range of eastern Tajikistan and northern Afghanistan. The fiber is slightly longer and coarser than cashmere and, while nearly cashmere soft, is more lustrous and slightly less prone to pilling. The fiber also has a nearly silky sheen that elevates the softer halo. As a result of the grant, the herders are able to take greater pains in combing their goats for cashgora down, because the women's collective is able to pay higher rates for higher quality down. Once the down is sorted by quality and color, it is transported to the city of Herat, in Afghanistan, for scouring and dehairing, as there is no suitable site in Tajikistan that is close enough to this remote mountainous region. The processed fiber is transported back to Tajikistan, where the collective of women spinners creates the yarn by hand; because it is handspun, the fiber is not treated with chemicals and so is both softer and more durable than commercially treated fibers.

 

© Liba Brent

The Tajik women who are part of the collective meet rigorous standards for the quality of their handspinning – they work diligently to produce yarn that is consistent from skein to skein and pleasing to knit. Each skein features the name and photo of the woman who spun it, and the biography of each spinner is available on the collective’s website, so you can learn more about the history of the skein in your hand. This brings us back to the heart of knitting, that each project you undertake is a story – the story of your skill, your values, and your time. What story will your knitting tell?

--Meaghan

August 14, 2017 by Guest Blogger
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