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Announcements – September & October

Hello everyone!

Good gravy have I been busy the last few weeks. I feel like I have lots of announcements, so I’ll consolidate them all here in one post!

I have several discount codes running at the moment – take advantage!

  • Are you a FibreShare participant this round?! To get 20% off everything in my Etsy shop, use the official FibreShare discount code – no minimum orders! Don’t forget to check out the Natural Yarn Directory I compiled for those of you whose partners prefer synthetic & superwash-free yarn!
  • I was feeling sassy and made approximately a million color combinations for the Teroldego Shawl that was recently released by Caitlin Hunter (@boylandknitworks on Instagram). This led to me wanting to share the inspiration with a 10% off code for all yarn in the Etsy shop through September 16th using code TEROLDEGO10!

    Photo credit: Magpie Fibers

The brilliant Tracie and Jodi of the Grocery Girls Podcast started a forum thread in their Ravelry group to share newly released knitting patterns. I featured my Hero of Time hat and am running a 20% off discount on all Ravelry patterns through October 1st with code GROCERY20!

  • As of the end of the day September 14th, I’ll be deactivating Dyed to Order listings in the shop. If you don’t know, I’m due with baby #2 October 1st. Babies come on their own timeline, so it’s best to be safe and make sure everyone gets their orders on time!
  • On that same note, once I either go into labor or as late as October 6th, I’ll be putting the shop in vacation mode for a few weeks! I’ll be using this time to get to know the new kid, keep the house from falling down, and planning what stock to add to the shop once I’m ready to get back to the dyepots! I have approximately a million more colorway ideas, and I’ll have lots of middle of the night nursing sessions to solidify them!

In addition to all of this, I’ll be introducing some new yarn bases to the shop in the next few months, among infinity other projects!

Love you, mean it

Larissa

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Projects on My Needles – August 22, 2018

Hey everyone! It’s time to write an update on what I’ve been working on. In addition to the knitting I’ll talk about, I’ve been doing lots of other making-type things!

I added 8 projects bags to the Etsy shop. They are amazing. 2-3 skein-sized, tie-dyed, made with organic cotton, zippers and labels are from the USA, interior pocket… It’s the Per. Fect. Bag. for a smallish project. I have two of my own of that size which are housing 1) a sock project and 2) the beginnings of a fingering-weight sweater. I’m working on larger sizes now, too. I’m trying to decide on handles/straps and whether interior flap pockets would be a good addition to the zippered pocket. Probably.

Love the contrast bottom & the cute AF fabrics. Also these zippers are fan-damn-tastic.
Pretty obsessed with this blue.
This is my XL prototype.
Kelly T loves it. Also it’s much bigger than it appears.
This is holding 7 skeins of yarn and it’s barely 1/3 full. So. Make Hagrid a sweater.

I’ve also added lots of yarn options to the Etsy shop. At the moment I have 3 bases:

  • Ohio – DK 100% Merino
  • Geauga – Fingering 70 Merino/30 Silk
  • Erie – Fingering Single Ply 100% Merino

And all of my colorways now have the option to be dyed to order, in the event that what I have in stock isn’t the base you’re looking for. This includes a fade kit and a set of colorways inspired by the 3 dragons from Game of Thrones.

I love this so much. In fact, you’ll find it in my Rose Cardigan WIP below!
Game of Thrones Dragons – Viserion, Drogon, Rhagal

Finished Objects

Portage

I finally finished this cardigan! I got it done in just under 2 months, but I must have thought it would take less time, or maybe I’ve just been really busy because it feels like it should have been done a while ago. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yardage for it since it calls for 1700 yds and I only had 1600 yds. My usage clocked in at 1438 yds without having to modify anything (maybe sleeve length, but that was a short-arms decision rather than a yarn usage tactic). I really love it. It fits and is a really good wardrobe item that I know I’ll actually wear (precious pocketses). I might make another sometime, but I think I’d use a yarn that was a legit DK weight rather than what I used – sport weight leaning towards fingering. It’s a bit gauzy, but it’s still perfect.

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

Okay guys, I suck. I haven’t done any work on these since my last update. I think socks are a bit boring, there’s no hurry since it’s August, and frankly, since they’re not for me, I don’t have the urge to get them done so I can wear them. I’m glad they’re in progress so that I have something simple to work on when I need it!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

I finally cast on this pullover design! This prototype will be gifted to my BFF Renee. It’s a top-down circular yoke with different textured stitches. I keep designing & frogging and changing things. I’m still not sure what I’ll do for the body or arms precisely, but the sweater will tell me when I get there. I think I will actually send this pattern to a tech editor and have test knitters help out with this, so it will be thoroughly vetted before release!

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

I know I said I was going to cast on a pair of socks, but I couldn’t resist this cardigan. I dyed up a fade for myself (which is available in my Etsy shop if you love it as much as I do!). I’m already fading in the 3rd color after working on it for 1 day. the beginning of each section goes so fast, it’s really gratifying. However there are 4 of them, they get REAL big toward the end, then there’s grafting and the collar and sleeves and…. well whatever the fading sequence is really fun, I don’t want to put it down. Also, this pattern has an amazing chart that helps keep track of all of the “at the same time” things going on. This is a livesaver.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

What I Plan to Work on Soon

I’ll make one for Scottie now (The 4-6 year size so that he can grow into it. He’s quite huge.), and the baby later. Probably a 1-ish year old one for babe since I don’t usually find much use for sweaters on babies until they can move around.

I have already made one of these, but I didn’t really know that the yarn I used would not really yield a good result. So, it’s high time to try again with some locally-dyed yarn!

I saw Tracie make one of these on the Grocery Girls Podcast and I knew I had to make one in this Dragon set.

This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! I’m excited to make 3 contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Invisibility Cloak, Resurrection Stone, and Elder wand <3.

I don’t technically need another diaper bag because the one I have is perfectly fine, but I have a bee in my bonnet about making a backpack one. This pattern is a lot more involved than anything else I’ve sewn, so we’ll see how I manage.

We’re on countdown to baby time, so we’ll see what I can accomplish before he becomes our newest roommate. And if I can manage to get anything at all done once he’s here… Fingers crossed!

<3 Larissa

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Building FGF & Sourcing

Over the last couple of months, it’s become more clear what the future of Fuzzzy Green Fibers will hold. I’ve been having a lot of fun designing knitting patterns and will continue to do so when inspiration strikes. I quite enjoy how art + math = clothes. And rather than retailing yarn that is natural in some way (which was my only previous aspiration), I’ve decided to fill a hole in the yarn community that I personally have needed. I really want indie, hand-dyed yarn that is trendy, colorful and FUN but doesn’t have any trash in it – so I’m doing it myself. Sometimes I want a sock kit that has exciting colors… but I just don’t feel good about spending money on something with dyes, treatments, and fibers I don’t feel great about. There is a place for making concessions, but I don’t make them for things I knit for myself. Or hey maybe I want to do a faded sweater of some kind… but the only kits I can find are superwash, or I would really have to stretch the imagination and color palette accepability to make a cobbled-together fade look halfway decent. I love natural undyed neutral colors that still smell like the sheep it was shorn from, but I also want some neon speckles in my life. Oh and I need to use all of the colorway names stockpiled in my brain, and a neutral gray doesn’t lend itself well to a name like “Good God, Lemon!”

In addition to all of this, I think my “thing” is turning out to be project bags. I haven’t released any of them for sale yet since I’m waiting on labels for them, but I am in LOVE. I love all of the artistic, utility and ethical decisions I’ve made on each one. Hand tie-dyed organic cotton sturdy project bags? You may have to fight me so I don’t keep them all.

I’m super happy with what I’ve decided to do now, what I’ll do next, and my ultimate plans.

However, there’s this annoying little “not good enough” cricket chirping in my ear. I’m not so much concerned about the quality of my work or the aesthetic of certain things – that will all improve & evolve with time, experience, and preference. What my brain is goading me about is my sourcing for every. Little. Thing. Sometimes it feels like I’m not meeting the standards I’ve promised customers, and especially myself. I’m trying to use the least toxic, least environmentally impactful materials and processes I can. Of course it’s not perfect because I don’t live in fairyland. But even now in my research and development phase, my brain won’t let it go that it’s not good enough. Were your labels printed on recycled paper? Is the yarn you bought domestic? Would you feel safe eating your dye? Are your shipping supplies made from plastic rendered from things found in your own living room? NO BRAIN, NONE OF IT IS PERFECT. I guess I just wanted to get off my chest that I am a wee fledgling learning what it even means to sell products to people. As time goes on, I know I’ll source every last item as well as I can (most natural, least toxic, most local, most ethical). For now, my claims are true: no nylon, superwash, or heavy metal-containing dyes in my yarn; organic cotton fabric, US-made zippers & labels, and low-impact dyes for my bags.

I hope my art & enthusiasm will translate well to those interested in my products. I’m consciously planning and strategizing every day on improving all that is possible to improve. And every time I make an improvement that approaches my ideals (even if asymptotically), I’ll announce it with pride so all you other hippy-nonsense nerds like me can high five a tree or whatever.

<3 Larissa