I love yarn. Not the cheap acrylic stuff, but the luxurious wool, alpaca, mohair, and silk varieties. Some might say it's more than love, maybe even an obsession. I love the feel of it. I even love the smell of it. And I love what it can become.
But the more I knit, the more I realized that I just love those natural fibers. I love how I can knit something from wool, alpaca, mohair, or any other animal fiber, throw it in the washing machine on hot and come out with something that looks nothing like what I started with.
I've recently become a fan of recycled silk yarn. Silk fibers from the floors of industrial weaving mills in India are gathered, and then handspun in Nepal by women's cooperatives and cottage industries. Each skein of yarn is a little bit different. The yarn has a nice heavy, solid drape to it - perfect for drawstring pouches.
My love of yarn started when I picked up those knitting needles for the first time and taught myself how to use them in college. That first afghan didn't turn out quite as expected (it was too long and too skinny), but it began a love affair that is still alive to this day. From then on, I began experimenting with fiber and patterns, enjoying most of it (even when things took unexpected turns), and learning every step of the way.
Lucy Chapman is the fiber artist, owner, and designer at Rosy Toes Designs. Her work has been featured in Urban Farm Magazine, InStyle UK Magazine and British Vogue. It has been on display in NYC, gifted to celebrities at GBK's MTV Movie Gift Lounge in 2014 and press in 2015, seen at the GBK Gift Lounge for the 2012 Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards, visited the Gift Lounge for the 46th Annual CMA Awards, gone on an Arctic Expedition, and has journeyed around the world. Proud member of The Artisan Group, TAFA and Ohio Designer Craftsman.
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