Wednesday, January 21, 2015

starcroft


Last weekend, I went to the Vogue Knitting Live show in New York. Yarnbox was exhibiting there, and it seemed like a good opportunity to get to the city for some great food, a fun time, and a little work. Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops was generous enough to share some extra information with me - there would be a pop-up shop in the East Village for Starcroft Fiber the same weekend, so I should stop by on Saturday if I got the chance. 


After some pleading with Michael (my boss and partner for Yarnbox), I escaped the show floor from 3 - 5:30 pm on Saturday and took a cab to Lv8 (elevate), a location that specializes in pop-up shops for small fine art and fiber artists. Starcroft Fiber Mill was a solo show featuring yarns that are spun, dyed, and produced by a family out of Downeast, Maine. The yarn is made using wool from a century-old flock of Coopworth-Romney sheep, and kettle dyed in small batches. Of course, I couldn't resist picking up some for myself, in their Nash Island Fog yarn, the heavier of the two bases. 


I originally intended to get white, since I was unable to settle on a specific colorway, but Kirsten talked me into a sort of dusty, soft gray. My intention is to design a pullover using motifs from two sweaters we've inherited from my Grandmother, who knit them a long time ago. The sweaters in question have long since gotten quite crunchy, having been stored by my uncle in a plastic bag in his Florida attic for about 20 years, so they aren't really wearable (despite our attempts to give them a good bath with Soak.) I plan on mapping out the cable patterns she used and working them together into a piece worthy of her memory.

The yarn itself has a wonderful hand, and having seen several knitted samples of it at the show, I feel confident it will be the perfect choice for a cabled sweater. I think it's important to highlight some of these smaller hand-dyers who are still using methods of production that have history behind them. To read more about Starcroft's mission and their beautiful yarns, check out their website here

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