Kings County Fiber Festival

Join Spin City and Knit Spin Quilt at the Kings County Fiber Festival on October 8!

Do you like knitting, spinning, fiber arts, or Brooklyn history? Well, if you’re in the NYC area and you’re free next Saturday, October 8, you should check out the Kings County Fiber Festival.

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The Kings County Fiber Festival is held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope Brooklyn, and has a huge number of really excellent vendors this year!

In addition, my sheep to shawl team will be practicing for Rhinebeck, and I’ll be selling their shawls (and maybe some stitch markers, earrings or dice bags) to help them break even on the year’s work, prep, and materials.

Interested in meeting other spinners?  Check out the Spin City Meetup on October 8!

Hope to see you there!  It’s going to be a wonderful time.

Bitty Bags! (or dice bags)

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I’ve been busy with the start of the semester this fall – I’m teaching modern European history (French Revolution to Brexit) and keeping up with my own research and dissertation deadlines.  But I had time to make up a few little bags, which will go up in the Etsy shop soon.  For now, have a picture of them hung up at Woolyn, a new (awesome!) yarn store in Brooklyn, which I absolutely adore.

These little bags are just the right size for a tin of stitch markers, a Chibi yarn needle holder, a tape measure, and a few other miscellaneous notions.  Or for a couple sets of d20 dice!  They’re also great fun to make up.

If you want a bitty bag, you can buy one at my Etsy shop, KnitSpinQuilt, which is how I fundraise for the Flint Child Health Development Fund.  I have time and a lot of fabric – other people have money.  By making bags, charging a #FairFiberWage and donating my time and materials, I’ve been able to raise more than $1,800 for FlintKids so far this year, which blows my mind.

Linking up with TGIFF:

New manatee bags for FlintKids.org

While I was abroad this summer I visited the Wollmeise store in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm: I’ll post more of a summary of the visit in a week or so when I’ve sorted out all my photographs.

For now, I wanted to post about an exciting fact: we’ve hit $1,500 in the fundraiser for the Flint Child Health Development Fund!

In celebration, and because some friends asked, I’ve added a new product to the shop: manatee drawstring bags.

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I’ve also added box bags to the shop for the very first time, starting with the manatee print.  They’re available lined in mustard, teal, or coral, just like the drawstring bags above.

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I’m delighted to be able to turn my time and fabric into donations, and want to thank those of you who have been along for the ride.  I’m exploring getting my stitch markers into shops, and can’t wait to share a couple of non-fundraiser projects with you in the near future.

Knitting, blocking, sewing, etc.

I’ve been quiet here, but I’ve been crafting up a storm behind the scenes. I’ve knitted several shawls, and just blocked the three of them. First up is a semicircular shawl in a handspun merino/yak yarn from Spunky Eclectic:

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Semicircular shawl

Next up, New Hope Creek by Naomi Parkhurst (gannet designs).

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New Hope Creek

In sewing news, I’ve done two hedgehog bags (Spoonflower print):
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Custom listing here for orange or teal or grey tops – or others!

I also ended up with one WHOOPS bag that is on sale:
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(Click the photo for details and to be taken to the listing, and the WHOOPS photo.)

Finally, I’ve gotten new charms in to make steampunk / engineering-themed stitch markers:
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There are new discount codes on my Etsy shop (see the shop details) and as always, all purchases help me fundraise for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

We’ve raised $200 for water in Flint this year and $700 for FlintKids.org – and I couldn’t do any of it without you.

Keep posted for a handspun handknit shawl that I’ll be raffling off in mid-May for charity.

As always, thanks for reading, and I wish you all the best!

Sewing for Flint

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing recently, mostly project bags. Most are Spoonflower fabric, and all are repeatable.

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I’ve also made some new stitch markers.  The oak leaves are one-offs, but the little green balls glow in the dark, and I have other colors of those that I’ll be making up soon.

All are available (or custom-orderable) at KnitSpinQuilt on Etsy where all money raised through sales in February and March of 2016 are being directed to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

Since I last posted about this we’ve raised $317.50!

But – and here’s where I ask your indulgence – sending monetary aid isn’t enough.

Please, if the issue of lead levels as high as 4,000 parts per billion (it’s an emergency at 15 ppb!) scares you, if the idea of an un-elected “emergency manager” poisoning the water supply of an entire town who had no recourse, no way to vote him out of office makes you mad, write your elected officials!  If enough of us make enough noise, we can get Michigan’s government to move faster on this horrifying issue. If you don’t live in MI, you may not be able to write to those senators, but you can write your own and let them know you care and want them to care, too.

I’ve done so.  It’s a small thing, but it’s how our democracy is supposed to work.

In the mean time, however, I’m going to keep making things, donating my time and my stash to something that I truly believe is a national disaster and crisis.  With your help, if you like the things I make and buy them, we can do something small – and possibly something really meaningful – for the people of Flint, MI, who are really hurting.  And you get a nifty handmade gift out of it, too!

Fundraising for Flint, MI water

All income (not profits: 100% of income) from January and February 2016 will be donated to Water Aid for Flint, MI, via the The Mission of Hope Shelter and Pastor Bobby Jackson, and the GoFundMe setup here: https://www.gofundme.com/rjp53vz8

Help me raise money to provide water to the kids of Flint, MI, where the water has dangerously elevated lead levels.

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KnitSpinQuilt on Etsy.

Finished bags Friday-Saturday

Both of these bags are custom orders for my JHU CTY Scholars Fundraiser — in short, I donate 100% of proceeds (not profits, all money) from my Etsy shop, KnitSpinQuilt in September and October to the JHU CTY Scholars Program.

This bag has a top and lining that match the light green geckos:
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This bag has a yellow lining to add a little visual pop — I chose a print in part because I’m out of bright yellow solids and in part because the orange matches the geckos on the outside.
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Both bags are made using In Color Order‘s Lined Drawstring Bag pattern, which I adore.

More bags this weekend, for sure, and maybe even some quilt piecing for another Strip and Flip quilt. :)