I am just gaga over Katsara Yarns lately. I just received Andria's April yarn samples (pictured just above) and they are just the most soft and beautiful hand painted cotton, I think I have ever seen! It's all organic too- I'm thrilled about that and I know you'll love it when you see it in your April box. Since meeting Andria, I have been extremely impressed with her professionalism and all around poise as an individual. I am excited to have her be a part of Phat Fiber. Andria specializes in hand painted luxury yarns. Confused about hand dyed vs hand painted? Remember, I don't dye yarn- I am just a voracious consumer so, if I mislead anyone it is because I have not sewn the seeds of experience myself. Hand painting is a dyeing technique that artisans use to create a "rhythmic" pattern repeat of color. There are different reasons for doing this, mostly to prevent "pooling"- which is the big blotches of one color that can sometimes happen with variegated yarns.Handpainted yarns can "pool" though- that is why test swatching is important! There are times when it is easy to tell when a yarn is a hand-painted one. You will notice that the whole yarn seems balanced and colors blend effortlessly into each other without un-dyed gaps between. Feel comfortable knowing any purchase from Katsara Yarns will net you a carefully thought out colorway. I am quite smitten over the Katsara Yarn kits. I think I will convince my older sister to do a KAL with me. We could be the same sisters! Jill- if you're reading this, I like the Valhalla Cardigan and the Shrug and the simple cotton pullover. Which ones do you like? Andria has even gone the extra mile and matched her colorways to compliment your "seasonal" color. I am so confused about that though- I have green eyes but darkish brown hair- does that make me a winter? *grin* I"m sure once I figure it out, I"ll grab Jill and get clicking on one of those kits. Thank you Andria, for being such an asset to the group! You're a peach!
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When Jessie was very young all she ever wanted was a little lamb to call her own and for her 5th birthday, she got one! She has been rabid about yarn, fiber, art, color, texture and the five senses ever since. Along with organizing Phat Fiber she is a professional soapmaker running her shop http://www.thelotetree.com/ out of a 600 sq foot cottage studio in beautiful, rural, Southern Illinois. In addition to being in love with fiber, she is a mother of 2, wife to a Graphic Designer (and knitter himself), writer, amatuer photographer and consumes copius quantities of good quality teas.