Support our communities while enjoying knitting and crocheting with Neighborhood Fiber Co.
Much has transpired since my last newsletter. I want to take a moment and say that everyone who has worked at the store has always tried to make Wasatch and Wool a place where all are welcome and appreciated—what a true community should be. All of us are listening and learning right now because the lives of black, indigenous and people of color matter. We are stronger as a community when those who have been marginalized for far too long are stronger and their pain and hurt has come to an end.
I have been a fan of Karida Collins’ Neighborhood Fiber Co. for years. Her gorgeous colors and the line of knitters waiting to purchase her yarn at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival prompted me to try her yarn. I loved it so much we began to stock the yarn three years ago. Karida's love of bright and vibrant colors is what gives NFC’s yarn its signature style. Her colors are named to reflect the natural beauty and diverse neighborhoods found in the cities in which she has lived (Washington DC, Columbus, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland), the people who have influenced these communities and artists who have inspired her.
Earlier this month, Karida began raising money under the auspices of the Baltimore Community Foundation to start a permanent fund supporting organizations working for justice, equality, and empowerment. The NFC Momentum Fund will be able to receive tax-deductible donations which will be dispersed to a variety of organizations working for justice, empowerment, and equality.
Closer to home, the Park City Community Foundation's Community Response Fund helps strengthens our community by responding immediately to crisis situations such as the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The fund is currently supporting health and human services nonprofits in greater Park City that are handling cases related to the impact of COVID-19. Targeted operating grants fund organizations that have deep roots in our community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, and communities of color, among others.
To help with these efforts, Wasatch and Wool is donating 20% of all Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarn sales to these two funds (each getting half of the proceeds) through August 30th. If you would like to donate on your own here are a couple of links that will make it easier. NFC Momentum Fund, andThe Park City Community Response Fund.
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted
NFC’s Studio Worsted is a big 400 yard skein of luscious 4-ply Superwash Merino wool spun for durability and decreased pilling. Great for sweaters, hats, shawls and baby blankets and cowls. One project which is a favorite is Dovetail Cowl by Carina Spencer. It is a fun knit great for advanced beginners on up. This textured cowl is completely reversible and can be knit in two sizes though one skein of Studio Worsted is enough for the longer infinity version. It is worked in the round using only knit and purl stitches. Studio Worsted can be purchased here.
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock
8 plies make NFC’s Studio Sock a strong and durable yarn choice for socks. The yarn construction, 4 sets of 2 plies, gives it plenty of spring. Each skein is 400 yards and 4 ounces which means this smooth fingering-weight Superwash Merino yarn has enough yardage for most pairs of socks. The subtle color variations are achieved through kettle dyeing.
Care instructions for this yarn is to machine wash on gentle cycle using mild soap. Lay flat to dry (recommended) or tumble dry on low heat.
This yarn is wonderful for shawls and socks. I've already begun knitting Beachgrass Socks by Joji Locatelli. These beautifully classic socks are adorned with gorgeous simple textures and lace. They are knit cuff-down and with a heel flap. Studio Sock can be purchased here.
The following patterns are all from designers who are black, indigenous or a person of color. You may recognize one or two from past newsletters, though the first pattern uses a technique I have never included until now, Tunisian Crochet!
The Loveland Shawl by Toni Lipsey lets crocheters explore different techniques and stitches in this indulgent pattern. A sea of knit stitches empties into the most beautiful mesh pattern and finishes with a lightly textured border. This squishy shawl will easily become a favorite in your wardrobe.
If you have been hesitant to try Tunisian crochet? Give the Loveland Shawl a try as your first project. The pattern includes a full tutorial video that reviews the tools and supplies you need and takes you through each step of making this shawl. Yarn suggestions for this project are Springvale DK from Three Irish Girls, Juicy DK from the Farmer's Daughter Fibers or Swanky DK from Magpie Fibers. Toni is a prolific designer of absolutely adorable crochet patterns. A hat pattern that would be perfect in Neighborhood Fiber Co.'s Studio Chunky is the Drexel Beanie.
Lucy Sweetland designed Elfreide in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter as part of the Wool People Vol 2 collection. This gorgeous scarf is an adventurous knit and would make a special present for yourself or someone you love. A much simpler knit project is Golden Autumn, a simple yet interesting texturized hat with a folded brim.Rowan Felted Tweed is a great yarn for this project.
TheIndira Cowl by Vanessa Smith is an semifunnel-shaped cowl featuring two unique double-braided cables, simple lace, and luxurious fisherman’s rib. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn knit together with a mohair/silk lace weight yarn. We also stockLoftfrom NFC which is a 60% Kid Mohair and 40% Silk blend. If you are joining us for our Farmer's Daughter Knit-Along, Mighty Moand either Foxy Lady or Rocky Mountain Purls would be a beautiful yarn choice.
Aslyn is another pattern by Vanessa Smith. It is a fun-to-knit and easy-to-wear hat featuring beautifully simple textures that together have a dramatic effect. The hemmed, twisted rib brim transitions uninterrupted into a unique, allover lattice texture, which then blends organically into the crown shaping. This hat looks great in both variegated and solid colorways and worn either snug or slouchy! I'm planning on knitting it in Lucero, a DK-weight Superwash Merino, Cashmere and Stellina blend from Anzula. This hat would be adorable made from a yarn with a bit of Stellina bling.
The gorgeous generously sized shawl shown below is just a simple triangle shape. Vertical teardrop lines of a lace motif which travel down its length are what gives the Dionne Shawlby Jeanette Sloan its elegance. Tern from Quince and Co. would be a lovely choice for this project. It can be purchased here.
And finally, Tian Connaughton designed a collection of 4 shawl patterns (mostly shawlettes) you will want to make. Inspired and named after her favorite vacation spots in New England (including Okemo Mountain Resort), these patterns use one 100 gram skein of fingering weight yarn. Shown below is herMashpee Shawlette.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the yarn crawl this year. I will have more information on what we are doing instead as well as Susan Lewin's next knit-along and the Marie Greene knit-along in the next newsletter.