Do you spin your own yarn from fiber? If not, do you want to learn? Whether you’re just starting out, you use a drop spindle, a travel sized wheel, or a full sized spinning wheel, fiber is the most important part of the process. A monthly fiber subscription box may be just what the doctor ordered!
Spinning Fiber Subscription Box Review
I have just barely ventured into the world of spinning fiber into yarn. A short while back I participated in a 5-week spinning course put on by my local Fiber Arts Guild. They supplied the loaner spinning wheel and all kinds of fibers. They teach you the basics of carding raw fiber, spinning the fiber, plying what you’ve spun, then setting the yarn, dyeing it and more. If you have a local fiber guild, and they offer a similar spinning class, I highly recommend taking it! It is so interesting to learn where different fibers come from (both agriculturally and geographically) and how each of them spin up.
When I first started this fiber spinning endeavor, I reached out to Erin, with Crafty Housewife Yarns, about their monthly fiber subscription boxes. (You may have also seen them referenced in the 28 Yarn Box Subscription Services for Knitters and Crocheters article a while back for their handspun yarn boxes.) She sent me one of the recent Fiber Artists Design Boxes for review. Squeee!
Fiber Box Contents
Each month you’ll get (1) 4 oz hand dyed braid, (2) 1 oz batts, and another 1 oz of other goodies from natural, locally sourced fiber etc.
My favorite is definitely the braid. As a new spinner, I find spinning from braids to be the easiest way for me to maintain the thickness of my yarn.
No, this is not cotton candy. Ha! Super soft fiber ready to spin.
The last two fibers are natural fibers. You’d need to card the curly locks (bottom) before spinning. This would be a great opportunity to blend this in with other fibers for texture.
I knew I wanted to spin the multi-colored braid provided into a 2-ply hank, but I was afraid to touch it for a while. Once I grew my confidence (especially with plying) I was ready to spin the braid into what you see here. *drool*
I have to admit, this color palette is not my normal go-to (I’m more of an earthy, neutral tone, mustard kind of girl) but the way this plied together with those colors bouncing off of one another?! GORGEOUS!!
This is my second attempt at plying. It is not perfect by any means, and I am holding onto the other fibers in the box until I am more comfortable in my spinning skills, but I couldn’t wait to share this gorgeousness with you.
enter to win below!
Enter to win this handspun hank (made by yours truly) AND your choice of a free braid of spinning fiber or a free skein of mill spun fingering weight yarn from Crafty Housewife Yarns.
All entries are optional, up to four entries per person. The giveaway will end on 10/19/19 at 12:00 am. The winner will be notified via email and will have 72 hours from receipt of email to claim their prize. If the winner does not claim the prize, a new winner will be selected.
If you’ve already been dabbling in the world of fiber spinning for a while now, the Fiber Artists Design Box would be a good choice for you. If I (as a relative newbie) were to subscribe to one of the Crafty Housewife Yarns fiber subscription box options, I think I would choose the braid of the month club. Being new to the spinning world myself, I find that my spinning from braids turns out better than from batts or rolags.
If you have no interest in spinning, you are still welcome to enter the giveaway above!