VOLUNTEER!

Indie Knit & Spin wouldn’t be the amazing indie fiber arts marketplace it is without our volunteers!

Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts during:

Friday (November 10th) from 6-8 pm

Saturday (November 11th) from 7:30 am to 6 pm.

Volunteers for Friday night (6-8 pm), Saturday morning (7:30-9:30 am) and Saturday afternoon (4-6 pm) will need to be able to help vendors with load in and load out.  This will require some possible heavy lifting and climbing of stairs.

Volunteers on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm will greet attendees, answer questions and help make sure our vendors’ needs are met.

What do you get in exchange for volunteering (besides our undying gratitude)?

Volunteers will receive an Indie Knit & Spin Tote bag (Value of $15) with their first shift and two raffle tickets for each additional 2 hour shift.

Spaces are limited – please contact us ASAP at indieknitandspin@gmail.com to reserve your shift(s).

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Until the next IKS

Hello fiber friends!

I had a wonderful time at Indie Knit and Spin on Saturday. At this show alone do I truly feel that I am amongst my people. So thank you to all the volunteers, vendors, and shoppers throughout the years. You all make this show so special and wonderful.

The first year IKS was just one room on the first floor. Seven booths. It was launched off of my last year vending at Handmade Arcade. In true indie fashion, every person who so much as glanced at the yarn in my booth got this flier – iks-flier. That and Ravelry ads were all we did and the show was off and running.

In case you are curious, our first one room show included: Beads by Eileen, Cosymakes, J Compton Creative, SpaceCadet, Klotho Handspun, Emily Eckel Artisan Buttons, Fibernymph Dye Works, Gwen Erin Natural Fibers, Wren & Rita, and Burgh Baby Gear. Here’s a mosaic from that first show.

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It has been wonderful to dye for you, serve you, be friends with you, and enjoy fiber arts with you over the last 7 years and 10 shows. And now I am handing the show over into the very capable hands of the folks at HipStrings. They will continue on the legacy of having a fun indie fiber event in the Burgh.

I’m terrible at taking pictures, but I did find this pic of my booth in 2012.

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And with that, I’ll see you shopping at the next IKS. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Fibery wishes,
Cosy

Joanna’s Boutique

Name: Joanna Romaniuk
Business: Joanna’s Boutique
Website: etsy.com/shop/JoannasBoutique

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For me, it’s all about color. And texture. I mean softness.  I like my colors clear, bright, saturated. Even pastels. And I like yarns soft and airy.

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Dyeing roving, spinning it and knitting is about playing with the things I love. Selling what I made is just logical next step. After all how much knitted stuff one person can have? And I can play with the colors I love and never would wear.
And as I am selling my stuff I get to do my second favorite thing: connect and talk to the people who love the same thing as I do. Life is great.

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Knowing what I like determinates my choices of dyes (Jacquard and Dharma) and roving.  BFL has not only long staple length (added bonus) softness but it also has luster and takes dyes beautifully.  Add to it some silk and it becomes heavenly. Even more soft, easier to draft and since silk is taking dyes a little different than wool there is added depth to the color.

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Third base I am using is little less known. It’s 50% merino with 25% silk and 25% bamboo. Bamboo does not take acid dyes and in the roving looks like whitish veins. It disappears in spinning, just makes yarn a little lighter. But it adds great qualities to the yarn. Both silk and bamboo have long staple length which makes roving easy to spin and very soft. I would not use yarn made from it for hard working items like gloves or socks, but it’s just great for next to your neck and face items. It makes a great low twist, single ply yarn. And thanks to bamboo drapes well.

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Artisan Buttons

Name: Emily Eckel
Business: Artisan Buttons
Website: etsy.com/shop/ArtisanButtons

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Artisan Buttons offers a unique selection of buttons hand crafted from recycled and locally sourced materials. We have reclaimed hardwood buttons in a variety of sizes and shapes. The beautiful hand dyed recycled buttons are carefully cleaned, boiled in a hot dye process and then rinsed obsessively. Our fabric buttons are made from vintage embroidered textiles, silks and woven ribbons. We also carry buttons crafted with historic techniques such as the Dorset Crosswheel.

Come by our booth with your works in progress to select the perfect buttons to finish your project. You can select from sets of buttons hand sewn onto cards or
browse through baskets of buttons sorted by type.

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Fairy Tale Knits

Name: Dawn Craig
Business: Fairy Tale Knits
Website: www.FairyTaleKnits.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FairyTaleKnits/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fairytaleknits/

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Indie dyed yarn inspired by the whimsical fun of childhood and make believe to inspire knitters, crocheters, and spinners. All on yarn and fiber as unique as the stories that inspire the colors. ChiaoGoo knitting and crochet accessories, handmade shawl pins and stitch marker, and fun whimsical kits.fairy1fairy2fairy3fairy4

 

Roving Acres Farm

Name: Beth Karr
Business: Roving Acres Farm
Website: rovingacres.com

Come see our farm fresh yarn and fiber! We have lots of products from our Jacob, Cormo, and CVM/Romeldale sheep, Angora goats, and Angora rabbits.

roving1Big bowl of gorgeous Mohair locks, hand dyed

roving2Luscious fawn colored Mohair blend, home spun, boucle yarn

roving3Super cute crochet drink cozy kit comes complete with mason jar, yarn, pattern, and hook