If you missed the From Farm portion of the blog, find it here.
Let me set the scene. It's 2016 I’ve been living in northern Michigan for about six months; getting to know the local yarn shops, knitting groups and fiber events in the area. For the next several months, everywhere I turn I hear about Why Knot Fibers. Often, I just miss meeting Kat; by a week at a local knitting group, by a day at the yarn shop where I work. After close to a year of this, I decide to head to a fiber show where I know Why Knot Fibers will be vending.
Around this same time, I find myself getting B-O-R-E-D with superwash merino. Don’t get me wrong, surewash merino is a great yarn and it’s great for many things. But it is not the only yarn and it is not great for everything. And I love to experiment and try new things.
When I walk into that booth and see Smitten, one of Why Knot Fibers first farm-to-needle yarns, dyed up in these rich, jewel tone, solid colors, I immediately fall in love. Then I met Kat. We got on like peanut butter and jelly. She made the mistake of asking my thoughts on a yarn blend and I haven’t stopped giving my opinion since.
Flash forward to today and I am now helping to develop new blends. I have been in the yarn business for at least 20 years; knitter turned yarn shop owner, turned teacher and designer. All those hats have given me a lot of experience to draw upon. In the coming months, I’ll be talking about our farm to needle yarns with a focus on the characteristics of each yarn in the blend and highlighting what type of projects will work well (and in some cases poorly) with each yarn.
I haven’t had this much fun in a long time. Can’t wait to see where we go from here!