Name: Gwen E. Brown
Business: Gwen Erin Natural Fibers
At the end of this year, I can say that I have five solid years of business behind me. It’s an exciting and surprising place to be. I have begun to settle into my routine of making and I have an established product line. However, things are always evolving and changing. Recently I have shifted my focus more towards combed top and less on carded roving. The accessibility, variety, and quantity available have made it less of a struggle to acquire fiber. This fall I have added three new breeds of wool to the collection: organic Polwarth, domestic Targhee, and Cheviot. The Polwarth is incredibly soft, while the Cheviot is a bit more coarse and perfect for beginner spinners. The Targhee has an exceptionally spongy texture and makes a yarn with superb elasticity.
As always, there will be dyed locks and carded batts to pick through, handspun yarn to fondle, and assorted notions to snatch up. A little bit of everything.
Names: Nikki Bush and Candace McCandless
Business: Peppermint Knits
Two girls who are dyeing to meet you.
Name: Sarah Teigler
Business: One Sly Fox
I’m a crafter with a bad case of busy-hands and a firm belief that tools should be just a beautiful as they are useful. Stitch markers as jewelry for your knitting (or crocheting), threaders that are easy to hold and use, and worry dolls to sympathize when a project doesn’t go quite right. I delight in making things and sharing the results with others. I hope you do too.
Name: Rebecca Shepler
Business: Dusty Tree Soap
on Facebook as Dusty Tree Soap
I’m so excited to be a part of Indie Knit & Spin again this year. It really warms my heart and makes me smile to see all the friendly and familiar faces who return each year. I’m not as much of a transient vendor as some of my counter parts….I do my local Farmer’s Market (Ligonier Country Market) most Saturdays in the Summer and here – the Indie Knit & Spin ……..so it is always nice to hear people’s comments and kind words about my products….THANK YOU!
Speaking of which, I make small batch, vegan, earth & people friendly cold processed soaps. I use edible vegetable oils and simple things to make you a fantastic bar of soap. I leave out all the weird nasty stuff like parabens, synthetics, preservatives as well as scents, dyes & colors. If a soap is scented I use a therapeutic grade Essential Oil and for coloring I use clays, food (yes! food – pumpkin/cucumber/bananas oh my!) & plants (like mint or lemon balm) from my organic garden.
As for knitting, I took a class almost 20 years ago and walked away not having learned a thing, but was super determined to knit. I NEEDED to knit so I taught myself from books at my local library (this was years before YouTube). For the Indie Knit & Spin, I’ll have with me at my booth some fantastic handcrafted ceramic buttons made by my lovely & talented Mother. She does an amazing job and I would keep them all for myself if only I could ‘knit all the things’ faster. I also sew and will have a very small offering of medium sized drawstring project bags.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about me and my business, Dusty Tree Soap! I look forward to meeting you and seeing all of the other fantastic vendors this year…..PEACE!
Names: Karen Cuffaro and Rebecca DeSensi
Business: Amelia and Wiggles
Our yarn company, Amelia and Wiggles, was named after Rebecca’s daughter and Karen’s pit bull mix. We hand-dye yarn and our bases are named after things dear to Amelia and Wiggles. Pink Bear, a worsted 100% superwash wool, is named after Amelia’s favorite stuffed bear! She loves snuggling with him and loves him just as much as Mommy and Daddy. Orange Ball, a 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon sock yarn, is named after Wiggles’ favorite toy. She loves her orange ball! Made of orange rubber with a blue stripe, she carries it everywhere and chews on it as if it were bubble gum.
This past year, we introduced Snacks, an 80% Merino wool, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon fingering sock yarn. It joined Little Pink Bear, just like Pink Bear but a DK weight, and Wet Kisses, a 100% DK weight Wyoming Merino wool. Can you guess who’s favorites these other yarns are?
Also this past year, we teamed up with Robyn Chachula of Crochet By Faye for another beautiful kit! Robyn designed the Schenley Park Shawl to use two skeins of Little Pink Bear for a stunning crochet motif shawl that can be worn a multitude of ways! Please stop by our booth to see these new items, as well as the Posy Patch flower, 3 Little Hat Family, and Butler Street Cowl kits.