A call to spinners - not just any spinner. As a lot of you know, I just learned to spin. I am getting into the spinner's 'zen' but do not qualify as experienced, consistent or efficient at this point. A lot of you also know that RoxieAnn and I like to keep things local whenever we can. You can see this desire to support our local artists when you look around Renaissance Yarns. You will find yarns by Handspun on the Web, Duet Socks by A Swell Yarn, patterns by Fibertrends (Wenatchee) and soon you will see drop spindles by Cascade Spindle Company (Kent) and lavender products to keep your stash fresh and moth free by Purple Haze Lavender Farm (Sequim).
What you might not know is I live this way as well. In 2006 at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival, I met the husband/wife team (Klaus and Teyani) of Crown Mountain Farms. The farm is located in Yelm, WA. They raise goats and sheep and they both spin. In addition to managing the farm, Klaus does some woodworking and Teyani is a mental health therapist. Enough of an introduction; you can read more about Klaus and Teyani on their website. Anyway, their fibers are what made me think 'I have to learn to spin'! And so, true to form, when I was ready I called Klaus and ordered my wheel (Majacraft Rose). Here's the deal: they have come up with a fabulous sock yarn called Sock Hop. Teyani and company take the roving and hand dyes it. Oh, they also spin it. So, you can imagine how long it takes to make a skein. Naturally, this limits the quantity that can be produced each month. Hence - spinners are needed. If you are interested in a wonderful opportunity of 'playing' with beautiful hand dyed yarn and knowing that what you produce will be unique and treasured by any knitter, please contact Klaus via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 360-894-1738 (8 AM - 5 PM). Like I said, they do raise animals, so if you get the voicemail; leave all of the pertinent details. Please do not call Renaissance Yarns with questions as we will not have the answers. I am, say the middleperson, hoping to put spinners in touch with Crown Mountain so they can continue to grow this wonderful line of sock yarn.
Oh and fellow sock knitters - no, I cannot bring this yarn into the shop at this time. Demand is high, supply is low, very low. Perhaps you might be able to see this yarn at the Seattle Knitting Expo (4/13 - 4/15) at the Seattle Marriott by SeaTac Airport. Remember, keyword is 'perhaps'.
Happy Knitting & congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts on winning Superbowl 41 and to Peyton Manning - MVP!!