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Nothing ever stays the same

dyes Greener Shades

Nothing ever stays the same

I started dyeing because I have dye allergies - and my most severe reaction is to a color I love the most - cyan aka turquoise.  It means that I have a hard time buying the work of other talented dyers, and have to ask whether colorways include particular dyes and I stay away from any blended dyes.  I was able to dye for myself using the Greener Shades dyes - their Coral Reef Aqua provided that intense aqua and only contained trace amounts of cobalt.  It worked, even though it was a tricky dye to use (high set point...

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Road Trip Signature Collection

Road Trip Signature Collection

Our Road Trip Signature Collection contains six blends inspired by the destinations that have been part of our fiber life.  Some are well known, others are lesser known - but they are all dear and special to us in their own ways and these blends are inspired by our memories of attending these events. The Road Trip Signature Collection contains Rhinebeck, MDSW, Folk School, Super Summer Knittogether, Indie Knit & Spin and Shenandoah Valley.  Our limited edition sampler box contains one ounce samples of each Signature Blend. Rhinebeck At the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, where New York Sheep and...

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Five Years

Today marks five years since HipStrings made its first sale on Etsy.   Creating the business was supposed to be a way to justify a membership at TechShop - to be able to pay for the access to laser engravers and other exciting micro manufacturing tools that are out of the price range of most makers.  I never thought it would become what it is today. At the time, I was a stay at home mom to a 4 year old and a 2 year old.  Nik and I ran a wedding photography business on the side - capturing 6-12...

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Environmental Impact and the Textile Industry

superwash

Pigeonroof Studios published a blog post recently about domestic superwash wool products in the USA.  Read it here. I saw it on several friend's feeds and the subsequent discussion about superwash wools and I got into a discussion about the environmental impact of various aspects of the textile industry, and how exactly superwash fits into the textile ecosystem. It's not like the superwash process is the only non-environmentally friendly aspect of the textile industry.  It seems like people got the impression that superwash was evil because it involved chemicals, and until recently, seemed to be limited to China.  Currently superwash...

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Episode 16: One Special Trick

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