One Skein Challenge!

Updated: May 16, 2021

Published May 14, 2021



Because International Heritage Breeds Week is coming, I decided to make a fun make along challenge. This challenge is open to all fiber artists - Knitters, Crocheters, and hand loom weavers (I'm talking small scale here since my skeins are not very large/long). As some of you have noticed, I make very small skeins - 2oz and can range from 120 - 250-ish yards depending on the yarn weight. I offer yarn weights from superfine to worsted. Since I currently spin with an Electric Eel Wheel Nano 1.1, I'm limited simply because of the size of my e-spinner (I'm hoping to upgrade soon...).


Cafe Shetland: currently available colors

In any case, I'm quite curious as to what can be done with my yarns. Handspun yarns are not common in the market at large because of the variances and the pricing. You typically find them in farmers markets, local yarn shops that offer them, Etsy, or some indie businesses. I think the only handspun provider on a large scale would be Noro. So to make things interesting, I've decided to see what you can do with a skein of yarn that doesn't have much yardage. Participating yarns are Handspun Legacy Jacob: Natural/Dyed, and Cafe Shetland. While I possess other heritage breed fibers in my stash, I am not a very fast spinner.


The other purpose of this contest is to educate you of some American Heritage breeds, support local and small farmers, and introduce you a bit to The Livestock Conservancy. In an effort to generate awareness, strengthen genetic biodiversity, and encourage farmers to raise heritage breeds to prevent specie extinction.



 

Contest Rules:


Who can join?:

- If you live/reside in the US or Canada: You can join!

- If you got yourself either a Facebook/Instagram/email account: You can join!

- While fiber artists come in different ages, genders, etc, if you are too young to have a social media or email account but you're a fiber artist, you can always ask your grown up to vouch for you and enter for you. All prizes are pretty PG, so you should be fine. Please ask your grown up to include your first and last name so you can enter the raffle draw.

- What if you're outside the US or Canada? Selling physical and shipping physical products to the EU is complicated. I don't even have a VAT number. Sigh... unless someone can help me understand how to lawfully sell, I'm at a loss really. I'm sorry! I think in theory, I can sell to Australia/Asia? But since it takes a lot of time for my stuff to get there, plus shipping costs, I don't think it's worth it at this time.


What you can use?:

- YARN: all Handspun Jacob and Shetland (dyed or natural) yarn from my shop.

- you can knit/crochet/use a small loom/ and you may