Etsy shop update!

new yarns

I’m working on a huge update over at FiberWytch on Etsy: lots of new handspun yarns, all ready to be snapped up (at just lowered, holiday-ready prices) and worked unto smashing Christmas/Hanukah/Yule gifts that will make you world-famous.  (Or at least earn you a lot in the way of happy, sincere thanks.)  If you’ve never knitted or crocheted with hand spun yarn before, you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.  And if you have, you know that there’s nothing quite like it for beauty, warmth and quality; there is a special magic to handspun.

All of my yarn is hand dyed, and most of it has been completely hand processed by me from raw fleece to finished skein.  I source all of my wool locally to help support the economy of the Pacific Northwest and Oregon in particular.  And I use environmentally friendly, professional quality dyes that are completely free from heavy metals

BUT best of all for holiday shopping, ALL yarns and cords throughout my store now ship for FREE within the domestic US.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go browse some handspun, and get a head start on those mittens and hats!

Huge update at FiberWytch on Etsy: Planetary Magical Cords

planetary cords adI have just  (finally!) completed the huge shop update that life has been interfering with my actually getting done for the past two weeks! The Planetary Magical Cord collection has eaten several weeks of my life and includes 21 cords (not all of them shown below), two for each planet (except for the Sun, which wound up with three because it’s sheshul like that).  I had a lot of fun trying out different spinning styles for some of these, so in addition to my trademark Navajo plied-style you’ll also see cabled cords, supercoils, intermittently coiled 2-plies, crepes, etc., etc., in a bewildering array of brilliant, hand dyed colors.  All of my art yarn planetary cords are completely hand crafted by me all the way from raw sheep’s fleece to finished item.  Farm-fresh, locally sourced fleece is gently hand washed, hand dyed using Greener Shades dye (an environmentally friendly and non-toxic line of professional-quality acid dyes), hand carded on my drum carder, blended with kid Mohair, bits of silk, flax, and lots of sparkle, and then hand spun and plied on my snazzy purple Columbine wheel, Foxglove.

But the cords are not just pretty; they have each been magically charged by me (with planetary symbols, runes and Reiki) at a propitious time for the planet in question.  Handspun needs a bath in cool water to set its twist, and I took advantage of this opportunity to add herbs, essential oils, and gemstones to the rinse water to further enhance the energetic qualities of each individual cord.  You can use these cords in cord magic attuned to the particular planet (or the astrological sign/s it rules), place them on your altar during ritual for a deity whose sphere of influence is in accord with that planet, wear them as a symbol of your magical intention, use them in handfasting rites, or simply enjoy them as fiber art lariats to remind yourself of your magical working or your overall path.

 

Venom Yarns: Fiber with a Bad Attitude

Introducing a special new line of yarns for my Fensalir Fiber Art shop on Etsy: Venom Yarns.

The first four yarns in this collection are available now, and I’ll be adding more as the inspiration takes me. In contrast to the somewhat more positive spin of my mythologically inspired and plant dyed yarns, Venom Yarns are 100% bad attitude and proud of it, with names like Toxic Kool Aid, Sharkbait, and Rotten Apple. They are handspun by me using only the finest farm-fresh fibers, and their gorgeous color ways are hand dyed using low impact professional acid dyes and the occasionally packet of drink mix–meaning they are NOT toxic to the environment. Come take a bite; you know you want to!

In honor of this launch, I am also introducing a new coupon code: FENSALIRLOVE. Enter this code at checkout in my store and you’ll get 10% off on your entire order. Which means it’s definitely time to stock up on some handspun yarn for all that holiday knitting…*wink*

Camp Pluckyfluff recap and photos

Not sure how many of you lovely people also read my other blog (or even if any of you do, besides Jo), but I forgot to link the post I wrote last week recapping the weekend’s events and sharing a few photos of the proceedings, so here it is.  (Come on, you know you want to click; there’s fiber candy…)

Here we go again…

I’ve come to this same realization before. You’d think I would have learned by now that separating my work from my Work is never going to…well, work. The oaths I have taken are such that there’s really no way it can.

At any rate, my latest notion that it would be a great idea to completely separate my budding fiber business from everything else I do and try to secularize it? Not so much. Already the skeins I’m making are dripping with symbolic colors, references to folklore and fairy tales, and hidden meanings. And while I’m sure some of you out there are saying hey, it’s only yarn, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog there is a wealth of tradition and spiritual meaning incorporated into the act of spinning. It conjures up images of Rumplestiltzkin, Sleeping Beauty, and the Norns; it forges connections with the magic of the sagas, with Frigga and the other northern goddesses, and with all sorts of non-northern mythological figures from Spider Woman to the Fates. It also occurs to me that trying to secularize my spinning would be a mistake, even if I could do it, because my background as a witch, an Odin’s woman, and someone whose life is centered around the gods and spirits is part of what sets me apart as a spinner (and as an artist in other mediums, and as a person in general).

So, where does this leave my plans for Fensalir Fiber? Not very far from where they were; I still think it makes sense to have a separate Etsy store for it, and to forge a brand identity for the business that’s related to, yet distinct from, my existing Wytch of the North store (http://wytchofthenorth.etsy.com, which will continue to focus on jewelry and various other witchy sundries). I have decided, however, that it doesn’t make so much sense to be struggling to maintain a separate blog for the yarn store, since at times it’s a challenge for me to keep one blog supplied with fresh content, let alone two. Besides, I remember a few readers of this blog expressing disappointment that my adventures in spinning, dyeing and assorted other fiber arts would be migrating over to a different blog, since those activities really do merge quite well with my spiritual path as a whole. (Also, I don’t blame people for not being overly enthusiastic about having yet another blog to add to their reading list.) For these reasons, Fensalir Fiber and Wytch of the North will be sharing a Facebook fan page and Twitter account too, when I manage to get both of those set up.

This isn’t necessarily a permanent decision; if my fiber store becomes wildly successful at some point in the future it may make sense to establish a separate blog for it again. Or, then again, it may not. (See my opening paragraph, above.) It’s possible that, if at some future date I’m supporting myself to some extent with my crafts and not working full time, this may be something worth doing. But for now, it’s making things a lot harder for me than they need to be.

Over the coming days, I will be copying the posts made at Fensalir Fiber over here, in the interest of making the merger complete (and just in case anyone’s missed them).

Meanwhile? I’ve been doing a lot of seasonal reading (Fairy Tale Rituals, Wolfsangel, and The Witches’ Book of the Dead, reviews of all of which will be forthcoming at some point soon), struggling with exhaustion and flirting with sickness as a side effect of Jo’s boss having decided she needed to work a 7-4 schedule for the past two weeks, and still haven’t gotten the rest of my first batch of yarns uploaded to the Etsy store, let alone finished designing my business cards and other marketing materials (which are all going to be redone, eventually, for Wytch of the North too). I’ve been doing a little less spinning than usual but a fair amount of dyeing using Jacquard acid dyes, and am contemplating offering rovings for spinning in addition to finished skeins. I’m very much looking forward to the Samhain vacation Jo and I have coming up next week—October 26th through November 2nd), even though this time of year continues to promise to be a real season of death for us, as usual (Sassy, my elderly Maine Coon, is still on the decline) rather than merely a symbolic one.

At any rate, currently the plan is to have the new Etsy store uploaded by the first week of November for real, since at that point I need to turn my attention to producing an entirely different set of yarns for a vending opportunity at my job starting 11/21 and running for two weeks (just in time for Black Friday!). More soon!