Nik Nits with Vida

Hello Yarnistas,

I do realize that it has been more than a week since my last post, but we have been so busy here at FAB Fiber. First, we participated in making pink hats for the Women’s March on Washington and Sarasota, and I can’t tell you how good it felt to be a part of the movement, even in such a small way.

Next up is the Bay Area Yarn Crawl sponsored by the Tampa Bay Area Knitting Guild. Click here to download the crawl PASSPORT.

For this event, participating shops were asked to provide a one skein pattern.  In our case, it’s going to be an original, designed by (drum roll please) yours truly.  For the design I picked out one of the sumptuous yarns from North Woods Farms, hand-dyed by Teri Gabric.  To be honest, I have been drooling over this yarn for the longest time, but I’m trying to be good about using up my stash.  Having the opportunity to design something for the shop was the perfect excuse for scooping up one of these beauties.

Speaking of Teri, she has Procion MX Dyes (coldwater) available for those of you who want to dye your own, as well as some of the loveliest yarns that are ready to be dyed — in cotton and  in a cotton/bamboo blend.  These are the softest yarns I have ever felt and perfect for the Florida climate.  If you love the feel of them as much as I do, but like me, not up to doing my own dying, Teri can do it for you.  One of the things I thought of when I saw them was for a shrug, or bolero for a bridal party.  The bridesmaids could have theirs made from a yarn custom dyed to match their dresses and the bride could have hers in white.  What a lovely gift to the bride from her mom or grandmother.  Hmmm… maybe that gives me an idea for a future pattern, just a thought.

Also new in the shop, Katia Yarns Ombre Pack.  This is a collection of six skeins of extra fine merino in tones ranging from light to dark.  I found the Eivissa Shawl by Alessandro Estrella, on the Katia blog, which I hope to be able to complete in time for the yarn crawl.