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!

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*

I have succumbed

I now have a Facebook fan page and a (shudder) Twitter account!  (Also, as you may have noticed, I have changed the name of my yarn shop to Fiberwytch, because while I did love the name Fensalir Fiber, this is so much more succinct, not to mention easier to pronounce.) 

I’m sure you all know the deal with the Facebook page: “like” me there for special coupon codes, sneak peeks into what I’m up to, yadda, yadda, yadda.  But my question is this: do any of you (the readers of this blog) actually use Twitter?  And if so, who would you recommend I follow, and what kinds of Tweets would you like to see from me?

Samhain sale at Fensalir Fiber on Etsy

Now through Tuesday, Novemer 2nd 2011, take 15% off your entire purchase at my yarn store by entering the coupon code SPOOKY during checkout. A great way to stock up on striking and unusual handspun yarns for your holiday gift knitting projects!

Also, a couple of people have asked me whether I can make more of some of my yarns. Even though most of the ones I have listed thus far are marked “OOAK” because I only have one skein of that particular design at the moment, for many of them I could potentially make similar skeins–perhaps not exactly the same (as is to be expected with handspun yarn), but similar enough in colorway and materials to allow you to complete your project. So if you see something you like but need more of it, just ask! I’d be more than happy to see what I can do.

Along the same lines, if you fall in love with a colorway but would prefer a different wool, chances are good that I can do that for you! I am also happy to spin custom yarns in the colors and materials of your choice; just email or convo me and we’ll discuss price and a time frame. This includes spinning very special keepsake yarns made from your pet’s fur (blended with wool or other fibers if necessary). A warm pair of mittens or socks knitted from the fiber of a beloved animal friend would make an especially thoughtful, and very unique, holiday gift!

Wishing all of my readers joy and comfort at this very sacred and solemn festival…

Fensalir Fiber on Etsy

I have some exciting news (exciting to me, anyway): at long last, my new Etsy store, Fensalir Fiber, is open for business! The shop features unique art yarns hand spun by me and inspired by all of the obsessions that form the basis of my life: magic, folklore and fairy tales, the spirit world, special local places and power spots (in and around my home in Eugene, OR), the natural world, and the ephemeral world of dreams.

fensalir fiber on etsySome of the yarns in this first batch include wool from rare heritage sheep breeds such as Polwarth, Romney and Navajo Churro; as I’ve mentioned before, supporting these endangered breeds by buying and using their wool is something I care deeply about, so this will be an increasing trend for the future of my store. Many of the designs incorporate wool hand dyed either by others or by myself, including dye made from berries, roots, barks, lichens and mushrooms. Hand-dyeing my own wool–using professional powders and drink mixes in addition to plants–is an activity I’ve found more satisfying than I could have guessed; it appeals deeply to my kitchen-witchiness, the same part of me that loves to brew mead or concoct herbal oils and potions. The opening product line-up even includes my very first hand painted skein, which has an organic, rustic look I’m quite pleased with.

The debut of the store has been a long time coming. I’ve dreamed of having a yarn and fiber shop since before I actually had a spinning wheel, but of course the entry into my life of Miss Wheelamina Ashford, my vintage Ashford Traditional, last July, is what made this dream a real possibility. Wheelie has been a good teacher for me, and we’ve gone on to do very well for my first few months of spinning, I think. But of course, I still have a great deal to learn, and lots more spinning I plan to do–so there will be frequent additions to the store, because I’m going to be producing much more yarn than I could possibly use myself. I’d like to eventually add kettle-dyed and hand painted rovings designed by me for others to spin as well. And some of my yarns (as well as wool in other forms) will be showing up later this fall and winter in my other store, incorporated into jewelry and personal accessories as well as various curious objects for your home and altar.

But for now, if you knit or crochet I just may have the exact yarn you’re looking for! Don’t knit or crochet?  Many of my yarns are designed for embellishment purposes, and could also be used in a variety of other crafts such as dollmaking, scrapbooking, home decor, or felting, or even for tree trimming or other decorating projects for the holidays.  Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for?  Well, as I said, I will be adding more offerings on a regular basis, so stay tuned!  I am also open to commissions, however, and would love to spin something special just for you.  I will also spin your pet’s fiber into a special yarn as a keepsake.  Just email me and we’ll talk!

In the meantime though, go have a look!

National Spinning and Weaving Week, and goodbye to DyeLots

Check out my latest post on the Fensalir Fiber blog, in which I sadly recount my last trip to DyeLots (and my fiber spending spree, which was not sad at all).  And yes, I am still working on getting the Fensalir Fiber Etsy store online; hopefully I will be able to finish uploading the first batch of art yarns in the next day or two!

The Legacy of Spinning and Fairytale Yarns

I’ll admit it: I’m thoroughly enamored with the history of handspinning, spinning wheels, and textile production.  So I couldn’t resist sharing this Etsy Treasury on my other blog.

ALSO, I am shooting for an October 1st launch for my new Etsy store, Fensalir Fiber: Fairytale Yarns.  Of course, I may well end up taking a day or two longer, but this is the plan.  To help publicize the new store (and the new blog), there will be a GIVEAWAY.  So, watch this space (as well as the Fensalir Fiber blog) to find out what you’ll need to do to enter.

And the most exciting new of all:  it rained today, which means that–finally–fall is starting in earnest!  I will be posting more about that, and my fall/winter religious festival calendar, in the next few days (as well as my very seasonally appropriate experiments with hand dyeing using mushrooms and lichens).

Photo Thursday: Yarns!

I seem to be lagging a day behind on all my scheduled posts this week, and will try to get back on track next week.  There will be more photos posted over the weekend, but for now here’s a look at some of the yarns I’ve completed so far with my new wheel:

From left to right: natural grey merino, natural cream Corriedale cross, Corriedale cross dyed with madder root, grey Shetland dyed with madder root, and natural grey Shetland.  I’ve also spun a bit of camel, angora, and blue faced Leicester, and am hoping to get a couple more plant dye experiments underway over the weekend.

And now for something completely different:

I’ve been working so hard at practicing my worsted draw that I decided to have a little fun tonight.  This is Lincoln lamb from Hedley Grange on Etsy, spun to let some of the curly locks hang free–my first attempt at a novelty yarn.