Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WC Mercantile and *Giveaway*



I apologize about not posting yesterday! I was so foggy headed I ended up going to be at 8:30 and still hit snooze on my alarm clock until 8 this morning!
I'm making it up to you all, by hosting a giveaway from WC Mercantile!
Stephanie, the full time shop owner, sent me some of her yearling farm fresh mohair roving to try. I must say, this stuff is so lofty! It has a healthy sheen to it, which can only mean it came from happy and healthy goats!
Stephanie recently hosted a Spin-In at her store this past weekend! Did any of you go? It sounds like it was really fun!
Here is an excerpt from a lovely and friendly letter Stephanie wrote to me regarding WC Mercantile:
"It is a natural fiber spinning and knitting shop that is owned by a mother-daughter team. We carry spinning wheels, wool and other fibers for spinning and all sorts of natural yarns including some of our own handspun and hand dyed yarns. I work the store full time and take care of my baby girl, Ellie. My mom owns and lives on Flying Wright Farms where we raise Angora goats. The herd was 30 head but we just had a population explosion to42; it has to do with the birds and the bees!
It is our goal to share fiber happiness all over the world. We take Mohair from our kid and yearling goats (only) and with the help of some wonderful micro mills it turns into a soft and lofty roving. We dye it and spin it, and love it!! This is what my sample is this month, kettle dyed yearling mohair."
For those of you who get a taste of their farm fresh roving in their boxes this month, you'll understand when I say you can just tell it is awesome stuff. I started spinning my gift from Stephanie last night and the resulting yarn is already quite spongy, soft and lofty!
We're giving away 2 oz of this luxury fiber for you to spin! Visit WCMercantile and find something you like in the shop. Write about it below and we'll draw for a name on Friday! Remember that I count your extra social networking online as extra marks for you- just let me know you did it.
Thank you so much Stephanie, for your contribution to Phat Fiber. Please keep contributing to the sampler!

80 comments:

Sorka said...

How did I miss the Majacraft Millie Spinning Wheel? Thanks for making me go look at the WC Mercantile store! That is a beauty! See now I have new spinning wheel goal! THANKS!
Off to save up! and hopefully I will win that pretty roving..

CinderLisa said...

I'm completely in love with this Dark Garnet Merino Top. Those little hints of yellow and red and light blue in among the indigo is just beautiful! Definitely adding them to my faves, thanks!

lesliecooper said...

Oh my goodness! I love this shop and it is even close enough for me to take a little weekend road trip to visit! Favorite thing... well, I just can't nail it down! I do love the Ashford Kiwi and Ashford Joy (and hopefully will be purchasing one with my tax refund). But, I think the idea of dying my own fiber is so intriguing to me that the "Dye Your Own Silk Cap Kit" has to be my favorite item!

Thank you for featuring them on your blog!

Leslie Cooper

Quilting Pansy said...

I liked everything in their store. If I had to choose, my current favorite would be the 4 oz. Organic Cotton Sliver - Variety Sampler .
I don't know how to spin yet, but I would love to learn how to spin the cotton.
Cindy

Cher said...

My favorite thing is the ASHFORD JOY Double Treadle Spinning Wheel. It's just so lovely!

Landlocked Shores said...

I went to the Spin In this weekend and had a blast... learned tons too! I love that shop and am quite lucky it's really close to a place I visit often. Needless to say I'm now visiting Steph OFTEN!
Nicki
www.nikobee.etsy.com

Elizabeth said...

I love the grey Corriedale. A bit plain, some might say, but I've been spinning some tan Corrie recently and absolutely love it.

bannahleigh said...

I've had this shop in my sights for a while now, waiting until I saved up a little extra money.First off to buy will be Merino Top - Forest Floor, followed by many others.

Bannahleigh on Ravelry

Rachel Suntop said...

a few weeks ago, I bought some handdyed roving from WC Mercantile. It is a bright coral/red mix and wonderful to spin. Also the price was very reasonable. I also love the fact that they have free shipping!

Robin said...

I lust after the merino and tencel undyed yarn - I could try dying it myself!! I buy yarn from Stephanie.

Ellen said...

I had to completely skip the spinning wheel section because that would really blow my fiber budge - but the Blue Belle Corriedale fiber just tugs at my heart. I am going through a giant blue phase right - so I blogged about it and the WC Mercantile at:

http://lazydaisyknits.blogspot.com/

and on Twitter at:

http://Twitter.com/Humbledaisy1

Thanks for the information/Tweet - I would never have found it on my own.

jennifer said...

There are lots of things that I like in this shop, but I especially like all of the Farm Fresh items. The colors are beautiful and the fibers look so yummy!

jennifer

FaerieRebecca said...

Oh, such lovely fibers! I love this purple one :D
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21529076
Gorgeous!!

Strike My Fancy said...

I love the 2 oz. farm fresh yearling mohair in the yellow/lime/orange colorway - cheers me right up!

cthulhulovesme said...

Eeee! I lust after that Majacraft wheel, but on a slightly more attainable level, the Green Isle merino/silk top looks yummy.

-cthulhulovesme on Rav

LilChickadee said...

If I had an unlimited budget, I'd have to pick the Majacraft Millie Spinning Wheel. I've been wanting a spinning wheel for awhile now. But since I don't, the merino top in the Fenberry Grove colorway looks yummy!

Ravelry ID: LilChickadee

Nightphoenix said...

I love the merino/silk blend Hint of Lilac (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23206342). It just looks soooo soft!

-Lizbert(RavID)

Lydia said...

I've been admiring all the dyed mohair in their shop for awhile now although my practical side keeps looking at the black merino...

punkcatknitter on rav

Kristen said...

How pretty! I love the Rusty Rose 4oz Merino Top fiber. Gorgeous.

Jags said...

looks yummy!

I think my favorite is the Indie Dyed Superwash BFL Roving - Ring of Fire, the colors are gorgeous!!

Nicole said...

Those wheels look pretty nice! I also love the Merino in Coppertop.

Elizabeth said...

The Patina top... but just because I love anything teal!

superwoman_4002 said...

i really like the 4 oz. Merino and Tussah Silk Top - Purple Passion... beautiful colors!! :)
Zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

ikkinlala said...

I love the 4 oz Corriedale Wool Top - Back in the Saddle (such a gorgeous colour).

Dani said...

The Deep Sea merino/tencel top is stunning!

~Coleva on Rav

superwoman_4002 said...

i plurked :D
http://www.plurk.com/superwoman4002
thanks!!
Zaneta
superwoman_4002@yahoo.com

Veritas Academy said...

All the "Farm Fresh" roving look good enough to eat! I can think of a hundred things I would love to needle felt with those - fairy wings, butterflies, nature table figures . . . let me wipe the drool from my keyboard. ;) ;)

Martha said...

I love the Deep Sea Merino. So pretty! I too need to save up for the Majacraft Spinning Wheel...

Jacy said...

I seriously can't pick just one thing I adore in this shop! I'm in the market for a spinning wheel, and plan to start dying shortly so the undyed fibres and dyes definitely caught my eye.

I love, love, LOVE Ring of Fire and Sea Glass.

I've maxed out my "yarn allowance" this month but look forward to possibly getting the sample in the April box...and May's not too far off :)

Jacy (shortsleeves on Ravelry)

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Melissa said...

Dyed yearling Mohair rovings, the one with a rainbow of colors! Nom nom nom. I want to spin it right now please.

Cindy said...

This is so lovely - Indie Dyed Superwash BFL Roving: Ring of Fire. I am learning to spin just so I can play with fibers like this.

scottishthistle said...

I love the blue brown and pink yearling mohair roving. It is scrumptiliscious. I live near this shop and this was a wonderful way to see some of their products. Now that I have been introduced to this independent phat fiber shop I will be able to physically purchase items from them. I can't wait to see some more of your yarn. If your batts are this wonderful, your your yarn must be fabulous. Thank you Stephanie for this wonderful giveaway and introduction to your shop.

scottishthistle - rav id
email ngammon@suddenlink.net

SupaCindy3000 said...

I Luuuuvvve the Russian Blue Merino top. OMG, that color is amazing!

cdaniele on rav

Erin said...

Mmm, love the green isle merino/tussah blend. So pretty!

cnuland said...

I love the Flying Wright Farms Felting Wool Artist's Pallet 3. Such fun colors!

Buckette said...

Love, love, love the 8oz Merino Top in Lilac Fields colorway. So prudy. And I need a spinning wheel!! God bless Texas!!!

Rav id: Buckette

Erytanthes said...

I love the turquoise and blue yearling mohair rovings!

Also posted notices/messages on:

-Ravelry
-Twitter
-My blog!
-Facebook? (Does that count?)

I'm really trying to up my win ratio! I'm just about to get my first spindle and I need some roving to go with it!

gbryndi said...

oh i am loving this from the box. would love to get some from her etsy of this 2 oz Dyed Yearling Mohair Rovings its so beautiful

JC said...

I like the plain merino top. I've been thinking about dying some up and that comes at a really great price!

suprstaticwoman said...
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suprstaticwoman said...

I love all the merino tops because they're soft and shiny and lovely (having spun a few of them in the past), but I'm going to go with the red indie dyed BFL which is just striking!

I don't know how to hyperlink without wysiwyg, but it's this one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23629373

The Broms said...

MMM...the Farm fresh vermilion red is Lovely!

AnneMarie said...

This is a tough one! I love Majacraft spinning wheels, but what I would/might well buy is the Bronze metallic fibers (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23772136). I could put them to work Right NOW!

wickedsharp said...

It's all so gorgeous! I especially like the Ring of Fire, Mackenzie Tartan, and Forest Floor.

Maureen M said...
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www.the-fuzzybunny.com said...

I love the green farm fresh roving...http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22329630

that's my favorite shade of green and very reminiscent of spring. Beautiful stuff...I love the variety in your shop!

ZombieCat said...

I seriously can't find anything I DON'T like. They have everything, from undyed fiber (and dyes to dye it with) to spinning wheels to spin on. ALL with free shipping! The colors of all of them are amazing. I dearly hope that I win this fiber, but even if I don't I'll be getting something from them. BEAUTIFUL!!

Maureen M said...

I could not decide between the farm fresh yearling roving in green and rust and the farm fresh yearling roving in blue, brown and peachy-beige. But then I went and bought the latter.

I posted comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry. I didn't blog b/c I haven't used my blog in a year and no-one reads it & it would be cheating.

Spinnergirl said...

Love the INDIA INK PURPLE Merino top. Reminds me ot those giant grape gum balls!! Yummy!

punkin said...

I am excited to see that she offers undyed BFL!

dragonmaille said...

Soooo many things I would love to get--but the corriedale really caught my eye. Back in the Saddle and Olive You would make such a lovely yarn....

dragonmaille (Rav too)

Monica said...

I loved all the colors, but Lemon Drop was my favorite. So wonderfully bright!

trh said...

I love all the yearling mohair! I love knitting with mohair and am looking forward to trying to spin it but I've heard that it is tougher than wool to spin nicely. I'm so hoping I get a sample in my box . . . but if not, I just might have to try a small amount to see what I can do with it!

Cathy said...

I love the red and blue roving. Being a Jayhawk fan from Kansas there is tons I could do with it.

Susan said...

So much I'd love to get my hands on in the shop but I'd really love to see Dyed Yearling Mohair Rovings - FARM FRESH and SUPER SOFT spun up!

Heather said...

Wow, 280-some sales in about 6 weeks? Amazing! Congratulations.

I have to say that I love the subtle colors in the Green Isle roving. Just lovely.

Lauria @ Brackenbury Lane said...

I'm very intrigued by the silk hankies. I've never seen those before! Fascinating.

EverImprovingMe said...

I am in love with these colors! Everything is so pretty though, it is always great to find a new awesome shop! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23376240

Turtle said...

love the merino gray!!!

Nicole said...

I really love the Ring of Fire BFL roving. Crazy deep reds = LOVE.
Plus, undyed silk hankies are awesome.

Rachel Crowthers said...

My favorite thing is the blue and silver mohair roving- I'm a Harry Potter fan and this is perfect Ravenclaw colors! I also drooled a bit over the merino/tussah silk in Purple passion. It looks so soft you could feel it through the computer screen.

KPP said...

I totally want to roll around in the 4 oz. Merino Top - Prussian Blue -- Ships Free. I mean, the Prussian Blue is lovely.

PenelopeRose said...

It's a hard decision to make there are so many wonderful items to choose from. If I had to narrow it down it would for sure have to be something from the "Farm Fresh" selection.

Thanks for bringing this shop to my attention. I'm going to be placing an order soon. Weeee....

dinahsaurus said...

I think all the Farm Fresh mohairs are amazing, but I love the lime green, orange and yellow one the best.

Ann said...

I really lkie the Yearling mohair batt in those red and pink colors. I also like the mystery bump. I think I could do something cool with that! I am loving the larger quantites of roving in colors, also. I tend to buy larger quantities!

missus.mint said...

WOW! The Merino Tencel Top - Deep Sea is gorgeous! The spinning wheel is simply stunning. Thanks for turning us on to another great find!

Kanjun said...

Yum! I've never spun yearling mohair before! The 2 oz yearling mohair roving in orange, red, and gray looks delicious =)

Stacey said...

I was at Steph's a couple of weeks ago and saw the SeaGlass drying in the back. If it was dry, I would have bought it then. It is stunning. I have some of the Olive Delight and it's really warm and fluffy. I love the Green Isle, Copperwood, and Forest Floor. Wonderful fiber!

Linz said...

Ooooh... the Majacraft Spinning Wheel desperately makes me want to spin. I also love the 4 oz. Dark Grey Merino Top stuff - very pretty variegation.

Janelle said...

I love the dark moody colors of Merino Tencel Top - Deep Sea. Gorgeous.

Little Miss S. said...

The Merino and Tussah Silk Top in Purple Passion looks so much like homemade blueberry icecream... I'm actually getting hungry here...

mamakin said...

The merino top in Copperwood is juat yummy. I love the different shades blended into one-it just highlights the coppery look. Definitely a big favorite for me!

Tina said...

I keep getting drawn to the merino top in India Ink Purple. Just such a lovely deep shade!

Cheryl-Lynn said...

I am in love with WC Mercantile's merino tencel "Deep Sea." It is a gorgeous mix of deep turquoise with a shimmery silver hue - I can only imagine that this would spin into a stunning yarn on its own or, combined with a contrasting colorway, would become something even more mouthwatering. Lovely!

Carol in NJ said...

I am liking the Fenberry Grove fiber!

Beki said...

OMG Thank you for introducing me to this shop! I'm placing it on my favorites list and will be ordering next week. I just hope the Copperwood Top is still available and maybe Patina too. Oh hubby is not gonna be happy I've found this one...

Linz said...

Sorry for the double post... I also posted about my WC Mercantile favorites at my blog, kansasienne.wordpress.com .

Darcy's Knotty Knitter said...

the merino/silk blend Hint of Lilac I love all shades of purple.Hugs Darcy
knottyknitter40 rav id

rebelhousewife said...

The farm fresh yearling mohair roving in the amazing colors are my favorite. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to spin up. The colorway in a deep orange and blue is getting to me.
Ravid: rebelhousewife

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