Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pure Michigan Crochet: Michigan Sheep, Michigan Fiber Mill, Michigan Fiber Artist


Pure Michigan.  That label truly applies to these new scarves I've crocheted.  The yarn I used in each project is "Crazy Yarn", 100% merino wool from Stonehedge, a 157-year-old working farm and fiber mill in East Jordan, Michigan.  So, the yarn is both "raised" and processed right here in Michigan!


I fell in LOVE with this yarn! It is so soft, and I love the vibrant colors running through every skein in double-stranded twirls.

Each individual skein of this yarn is unique, so it is perfect for one-skein projects, like these scarves, or shawlettes.  There are about 230 yards in each skein and it is a DK weight.  If you have a bigger project, however, it's not a problem.  You can just choose multiple skeins with complimentary colors and keep "striping on" more shades!


The first project that I crocheted with this yarn is a triangular scarf/shawlette.  It is a free pattern (Sunspree One Skein Shawl) from Caron yarns that I found on the Yarnspirations website.  It's an easy design to make, and it can be worn in a number of different ways, as you can see in the photos below.







For my second project with Stonhedge Fiber Mill's Crazy Yarn, I got a little more adventurous.  This scarf/shawlette is my own design.  I added a flower shawl clip/pin (has both types of fastenings) to give it a bit of distinction and allow for more wearing options.  The flower is felted, and incorporates beads, wire, and some additional yarn. It can be used as a brooch or clip on it's own, too.







This yarn is a little tricky to find.  On the fiber mill website, there is a list of local yarn shops, scattered throughout the country, that stock Stonehedge yarns.  At least in my area, whether those shops actually have the "Crazy Yarn" seems to be hit or miss.  I found The Elegant Knitter at Goose Pond to be a good online source for the yarn.  They carry it at a very reasonable price, ship promptly, and have great customer service.

Both of these scarves/shawlettes are for sale at The Yellow Door Art Market, where I just moved my display to a bigger space, in order to accommodate more of my larger creations -- like scarves, shawls, and bags.

New Gossamer Tangles space at Yellow Door Art Market


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