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Fast Fiber Facts Part Two: Protein Fibers

Were back with another round of Fast Fiber Facts with Miriam Felton, a designer, blogger, and the voice behind the Yarnstories Podcast.

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photo by Hannah Thiessen

Protein Fibers

Silk comes from the cocoons of the silk worm. Whether the silk is considered Tussah (aka Wild Silk) or Bombyx (aka Mulberry) depends on what the worms eat and effects the color of the finished silk. Bombyx silk worms are fed...

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Fast Fiber Facts Part Two: Protein Fibers

We’re back with another round of Fast Fiber Facts with Miriam Felton, a designer, blogger, and the voice behind the Yarnstories Podcast. 

image

photo by Hannah Thiessen

Protein Fibers

Silk comes from the cocoons of the silk worm. Whether the silk is considered Tussah (aka Wild Silk) or Bombyx (aka Mulberry) depends on what the worms eat and effects the color of the finished silk. Bombyx silk worms are fed...

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Fast Fiber Facts Part One: Cellulose & Plant Fibers

Hi everybody! Im Miriam Felton. Ive been a knitwear designer for more than a decade, and in my time Ive worked with MANY yarns. The infinite variety of fiber content, ply structure, and twist means that there is a yarn out there that is perfect for every project (or if not, you can spin it yourself). I recently started a podcast called YarnStorieswhere every episode we talk to a producer of yarn...

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Fast Fiber Facts Part One: Cellulose & Plant Fibers

Hi everybody! I’m Miriam Felton. I’ve been a knitwear designer for more than a decade, and in my time I’ve worked with MANY yarns. The infinite variety of fiber content, ply structure, and twist means that there is a yarn out there that is perfect for every project (or if not, you can spin it yourself). I recently started a podcast called YarnStorieswhere every episode we talk to a producer of...

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Dye Bleeding: why it happens and what to do about it

Have you ever knit with a super-saturated, gorgeous skein of yarn, only to look down in horror at your hands and discover that theyve turned an entirely different color? While dye bleeding might be a shock to those of us who encounter it, its a relatively common issue with hand-dyed yarns. Heres some info on why it happens, and what we can do to anticipate and counteract it when it does.

Youre...

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Dye Bleeding: why it happens and what to do about it

Have you ever knit with a super-saturated, gorgeous skein of yarn, only to look down in horror at your hands and discover that they’ve turned an entirely different color? While dye bleeding might be a shock to those of us who encounter it, it’s a relatively common issue with hand-dyed yarns. Here’s some info on why it happens, and what we can do to anticipate and counteract it when it does. 

You’re...

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Crochet Stitch: Herringbone Double Crochet

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It always amazes me how many different ways you can manipulate a basic stitch and turn it into something completely different. The first time I created a herringbone double crochet, I thought to myself, why had I never thought to make a stitch this way?

A herringbone design is a sort of interlocking V-shaped zigzag that dates back to the Roman Empire where it was used as a pattern for making roads...

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Crochet Stitch: Herringbone Double Crochet

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It always amazes me how many different ways you can manipulate a basic stitch and turn it into something completely different. The first time I created a herringbone double crochet, I thought to myself, “why had I never thought to make a stitch this way?”

A herringbone design is a sort of interlocking V-shaped zigzag that dates back to the Roman Empire where it was used as a pattern for making...

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Indie Dyers to Watch

It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a new dyer to follow on my Instagram, recommended to me through Ravelry, or showing up on my Pinterest feed. With stripes, speckles, variegated tones, and semi-solids that seem to glow through my screen, there are plenty of new yarns out there I’d love to be knitting. Here are a few I’m watching right now.

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Photo from Plank & Stella

Plank & Stella

I am...

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Indie Dyers to Watch

It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a new dyer to follow on my Instagram, recommended to me through Ravelry, or showing up on my Pinterest feed. With stripes, speckles, variegated tones, and semi-solids that seem to glow through my screen, there are plenty of new yarns out there I’d love to be knitting. Here are a few I’m watching right now. 

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Photo from Plank & Stella

Plank & Stella

I am...

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