I have come to a difficult decision to close our store location. It has been a very difficult year; I have struggled to make ends meet and have had to put a lot of my personal money into the business to keep it running. I talked at length with my husband and Becca on this subject, and we agree that this is our only solution.
However, this does not mean that Fiber Addiction is disappearing! We will continue to offer goods and services. We will offer:
---Our online store
---Regular meet-ups with our customers
---Workshops, tastings, lessons and knit-a-longs
---Assistance in choosing patterns and yarn
---Samples to inspire our customers
---Finishing and blocking services
---Assistance with projects
---An increased social media presence
We are not abandoning you! After the first of the year, we will share with you how all this will work and the schedule for the first quarter of 2019.
The physical location of Fiber Addiction will close on December 22, 2018. We will be selling select items such as furniture and fixtures. If you would like to see a list of what is for sale, please ask us. Only some of the yarn will go on clearance since we will be selling most of our inventory through our online store.
If you have any questions or concerns, we would appreciate that you talk with me or Becca. We care and love our customers. We hope that you will understand this decision.
Becca and I would like to thank all of our customers and friends who have supported Fiber Addiction for the last three years. We look forward to many more years with you!
by Rebecca Park
Some of the most striking colors of yarn are not found in the catalogue of the mass-producers, but are hand made by indie dyers (or other semi large companies like Madelinetosh or Malabrigo). We are all drawn to them because they make such a statement in our pieces, and I am willing to bet that every knitter has a skein that they simply can't justify winding up and using - no project will ever be good enough!
But as much as we all love it, we have all experienced an issue when blocking - the awful moment when your color runs.
What is it about the hand-dyed yarn that causes this issue? And what can you do to stop it? I promise you that the answer is not to avoid such yarn altogether, because your most enjoyable projects are often the most colorful ones - the projects that just make you happy as you're knitting.
Sometimes, of course, mistakes happen - whether in a large workshop with experienced dyers, or a small business indie dyer (like myself) who just made a mistake with colorfasting. I recently read an article that really helped me to understand why this happened, and I wanted to share a few of the highlights with you!
Why your dye might run:
1. Fragrance in your wool soaps - sometimes your favorite scent of soak wash might pull dye from certain colors. Test them out when you do a gauge swatch ( I know, I know... no one likes them) and give them a dunk to see what the colors do!
2. The temperature of your water
3. pH of your water - this could compromise the dye's adherence
4. Hardness or softness of your water
What to do about it:
1. Use color catchers - found in the laundry aisle
2. Try a glug of vinegar in your knits to set the color
3. Test it out on a gauge swatch - you have to do it anyway!
Another great tip along the lines of swatching is to hang your damp swatch so you can see how the article will drape when you are wearing it. So see? There are more reasons now to test gauge other than just to see if your needles are right!
By Becca Park
Each month, Fiber Addiction has a new "feature" that highlights one of our favorite yarns, favorite designers, or something else that we just want to showcase for the month. During this month, we offer the featured item at a 20% discount, so be sure to keep an eye for when your favorite yarn is on sale! :)
Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge is one of our favorite yarns - especially for fall and winter knits! The 250 yard worsted weight skeins come in a variety of colors, and the soft feel makes it ideal for garments. Another fun fact about Shepherd's Wool is that is completely made in the USA!
The company says this of their yarn: "Shepherd's Wool Yarn is made from a wonderfully soft Merino top. Merino is the softest of sheep's wool. It is washed, combed into top, and dyed to my specifications. We then pindraft it, often blending additional colors (all the heathery colors are blends), and spin it on my machine" -From the Shepherd's Wool Home Page. It's this careful processing that makes Shepherd's Wool such a wonderful yarn to work with.
I have made several items with this yarn, from designing a hat for my husband out of a manly gray color, other cabled hats (this yarn is my favorite for cables!) to last year's sweater KAL.
This to me is one of those fantastic yarns that doesn't feel like 100% wool. It has such a soft, luscious feel that you just want to wear it all day. It's even a joy to knit with, since the yarn doesn't scratch your hands during the making process.
This yarn is also ideal for felting! You could make a super squishy pair of slippers, or a really nice felted bag with Shepherd's Wool.
Come on by and check it out for yourself! We have a great color selection with plenty of fall and winter colors (like the two projects shown!) This yarn is still on sale until the end of the month. Just one more week!!
Have you ever made anything with Shepherd's Wool? If so, comment below!
To Knit or Not - Your Guide to Summer Knitting
by Becca Park
Wow, that weather was warm last week! If you were like me, you turned up the air, ate too much ice-cream, and hardly picked up a project. Let's face it: when it's THAT warm, no one wants to be smothered to death by a wool sweater on their lap.
However, as a knitter, unless you have a ton of other summer hobbies that take up all your time, we still want to finish those 24 UFO's that are piling up in the closet. And of course you're going to buy that skein of yarn while you're on vacation - thus adding even more to the pile.
So how do we still knit during the summer? I have a few things that work really well for me, and I'm happy to share them with all of you!
First of all, I totally understand being way too busy during the day to have time for a project. Unless I am working here at the shop, I am usually with family, going for walks, or doing some other outdoor activity. Or I'm just too warm or tired to pick up a project. However, whatever my schedule is for the week, I almost always have time in the evening - even if it's just 15 minutes - to pick up my project and knit a few rows. By that time, I'm sitting in the AC with a snack and watching some sort of show with my husband. I find that if I make even those 15 minutes a night happen, I will consistently work on my projects and get things done! Start small, but be consistent.
Another important tip is to keep your projects simple over the summer. Now is NOT the time to attempt the cabled wool sweater. No matter how much you love it, the thought of picking it up on a warm day will keep you away, and inevitably stop you from knitting altogether.
My go-to summer project are socks. Plain and simple. I buy fun, bright colored yarn and attempt a new pattern or a new technique to keep things interesting, and I can work through one sock quickly. Socks are easy to bring to the park, to the lake, and even on car trips. Plus those single skeins of yarn you buy on vacation can easily be made into a great pair of socks! Let's not forget that socks are excellent gifts - "sock" up now to make things easier on yourself in the winter!
Some of my other favorites are lightweight cowls, hats, and bags! Our new KAL (the Jeweled Cowl) is a great project that combines lace weight yarn with beads to create a light, drapey cowl.
Another tip I have is to try a new technique over the summer. If you have been dying to try brioche, knit up a small square! Squares don't take long to make, they aren't too hot on your lap, and you can try a new technique in a small, no stress way. Find a great pattern book that has several different stitches and sit down and pick out the ones you like! Learning a new technique is just as valuable as making a new project.
Finally, be sure to use yarn that feels cool and comfortable in your hands. You may want to stay away from wool and alpaca and go for a cotton or bamboo. If you don't like how 100% cotton feels, try a blend! We have some great wool and cotton blends that are light and soft.
Don't lose your motivation to knit over the summer! Keep the momentum going so you can tackle something bigger in the fall. Most importantly, have fun!
What are some of your go-to summer projects? Feel free to post them in the comments!
Lora Meyer - owner of Fiber Addiction Inc. Lora has been knitting for about 7 years. It started with a Groupon for a beginner knit class and now she owns her own yarn shop. Lora loves a variety of crafts but knitting is her favorite. Lora has been married to her husband, Marc for 33 years. She has 25 year old twins. She has a cat, a dog and 5 chickens.