Greetings from Boho Chic Fiber Co.!
Annie: I started my journey spinning yarn in 2012. I saw some of the early blog posts on SouleMama and was inspired to deepen my love of knitting by learning how to create my own yarn! I started on a drop spindle and only made a small amount of yarn that first year. In 2013 after the birth of my second daughter I mustered up the courage to take a spinning wheel 101 class in Portland, ME and that is when my real love of making yarn was born! In the year that followed I experimented with different dyeing techniques, wools and fibers, opened up an Etsy shop online, and started attending craft and fiber festivals as a vendor. I am so grateful for other dyers and spinners out there who have helped me along the way. Most of my spinning community has been found through Instagram and on Facebook groups, it is such a great way to interact, learn from, and be encouraged by other fiber artists.
I have always considered myself an artistic and creative person but never felt fulfilled in my creative pursuit until I began spinning. What I love about my work is the creativity and variety; from the fibers chosen, how they are dyed, which technique is used to spin, and the different methods used in making fiber products (blending batts, carding and rolling punis) that I am constantly learning and never feel bored when I am working. I like to work by inspiration, sometimes I will dye with a color scheme from nature or a photo in mind, other times the fiber has other plans and happy mistakes are made creating color combinations or textures I wasn't planning on but usually still love! There is really an art to preparing fiber as each kind has different characteristics and absorbs and showcases the dyes differently.
People who have never used hand spun yarn may wonder what is so special about it. I like to tell them that I love hand spun yarn because it adds so much character to a knitted piece, you can make a very simple pattern look much more interesting and complex by simply using hand spun over commercial yarn. Most of what I spin is considered traditional yarns, a balanced 2 or 3 ply usually from sport to worsted weight. I also occasionally spin mini skein sets, chunky and thick and thin or textured yarns as well. When a product is finished and ready to be listed in my shop I choose a fun fitting name and package and prepare everything I make with care. Currently in my shop and at shows I offer products for knitters and spinners as well as handmade gifts featuring my yarns. My shop is full of hand dyed and hand spun yarns, smooth and textured Boho Batts, Spinning Punis, and hand knit Boho Chic shawls and weavings featuring my yarns.
This weekend, Boho Chic Fiber Co. is generously offering the following gift to ONE lucky SouleMama reader:
Your choice of either 2 skeins of hand spun yarn OR 3 spinning fibers (batts, punis, or roving) from my shop.
In addition, Boho Chic Fiber Co. would like to offer ALL Soulemama readers a discount for the next month (through February 17th) in my shop of 15% off orders placed when you use coupon code “SOULE15"
To enter today's giveaway, leave a comment below (one entry per person, please). Comments will close by 10am EST on Monday. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced in this post shortly after. Comments closed! The winner is...
What gorgeous colors! Would love to win some of this yarn. Thank you.
Posted by: Penny