We see it all the time here at the mill. People come to us with quite decided preferences about their roving. Some like it thick, others prefer thin, textured or smooth, striated or homogeneous. There are purists who take it strictly unblended, and alchemists who will blend anything in their quest for roving or yarn perfection. Personally, I happen to love it all and find the great diversity among fiber and fiber artists inspiring. So, have you ever considered where you lie in the great spectrum of fiber lovers? What is your fiber profile? Check out these descriptions we've put together and see where you line up. Of course, its normal to relate with qualities from more than one profile. There’s no shame in claiming all of them!
Whether scouring the skirting floor for overlooked locks or taking in bags of unwanted VM with a touch of fiber, you are the first responder when a fleece starts heading for the bin. You tirelessly search for the diamonds in the rough while your friends urge you to stuff pillows, make dolls, or ANYTHING to keep that stuff away from your spinning wheel.
No discretion needed. A little elbow grease can fix anything - time and patience can produce results on even the most awful fibers!
You may have more fiber than yarn in your stash. Bits and bobs of this and that seem to hang around for that special day when they reveal their purpose in life. Your finished yarns may collectively resemble a patchwork quilt, but most of all they showcase your remarkable devotion to resurrecting fallen fibers.
You prefer to get your fiber directly from the source - raw and unprocessed. You may be seen climbing remote hillsides seeking fiber snagged by branches or shrubs. Commercially processed fibers hold little to no appeal to you. Is that cotton growing in your bathroom??
(True Story: I once had a septic inspector notice the bags of raw fiber stored in my garage and ask, "But, doesn't it smell bad?")
Earthy and natural all the way. The variety of texture and color in all kinds of natural fiber provides you with endless inspiration. A few bits of VM are cherished, and the scent of lanolin is acceptable or even highly valued.
It's all about process. Your yarns are rich with memories. A simple touch of your yarn may transport you to the farm, the animal, and each step of processing along the way. What you lack in luxury, you make up for in meaning.
The Tiffany Club is drawn to the more elite and prestigious fibers and sources. You will go to great lengths to acquire only the most luxurious fibers. You are generally well connected, possibly with inside information about when special yarn will hit the market. Everyone but a Primal Fiberist wants to sit next to you at gatherings, where you delight in showing off luscious samples that most of us just dream about.
Prefers exotic fibers with zero tolerance for VM. The softer and silkier it glides through your fingers the better.
Your finished work makes people swoon. Your sense of quality and style are potent. Whether you sell your yarn or gift it to family and friends, your yarn is almost always about connecting with others.
Characterized by rapid heart rate in the presence of fiber, you see the beauty in all fibers and have an insatiable appetite for bringing new ideas to life. The true addict is equipped with the skills of experience as well as youthful ambition.
A discerning yet broad palette, there are no boundaries for the true addict who often leads the way with trending blends and cutting edge applications.
Your creations demonstrate an evolved fiber sense. In learning all you can and trying everything, you may have identified a special style that reflect your unique personality. People can’t help but be amazed at the things you create. For you, fiber is a lifestyle.
Diversity is the element that makes life so interesting. We each bring to the fiber table a unique balance of creativity, nuance, and inspiration. But, it is our love of fiber that knits us together. Next time you sit down to your wheel or curl up with a ball of yarn, look around and see if you can't feel the endless circle of fiber lovers wrapping around the globe, across the centuries, and back to you.
This is more than just yarn. This is fiber love.
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