Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bitsy Knits Batt giveaway!

BitsyKnits is just aglow with super soft fibers and yarns ripe for the picking! Sorry for the garden reference, I just came in from picking veggies in my garden. There is nothing like eating veggies from your own garden. There is also nothing like using fiber and yarn from small independent fiber folk who do this because they love it more than anything else!

We're giving away this beautiful carded batt inspired by the Phat Fiber theme for June- A Midsummer Night's dream! Just visit Bitsyknits, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be drawing later in the week for the winner, so be sure and twitter, facebook, plurk and ravelate about it for extra entries :)

I hope you're feeling inspired to 'harvest' some of Bitsy's beautiful work and incorporate it into beautiful creations of your own!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dawning Dreams Laceweight Yarn Giveaway!

Shortly before the last box, I was able to visit with Dawn from Dawning Dreams. We had a wonderful time taking the kids to the park and it was so nice to connect with someone so talented as Dawn! She's back from vacation and her shop is better than ever!

This is the perfect time to go shopping! We have the Tour de Fleece and a holiday weekend coming up- it would be nice to have fibery packages arriving during that time ;)

Please visit Dawning Dreams today, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be drawing for the winner of this beautiful merino/silk laceweight yarn later in the week, so be sure and get your comments and tweets, plurks, facebooks, pings etc in before then- we count those as extra entries!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Moonlight and Laughter Batt giveaway!

This batt is so scrumptious and beautiful! Whew, ok. I just had to get that off of my chest at the very beginning because it is. Marilla from Moonlight and Laughter is one of my favorite dyers. Her color sense is amazing!

One thing I really love about Marilla's shop right now is her selection of worsted weight yarn. I think a lot of shops will put aside the worsted weight stuff in the summer in favor of lighter yarns, but summer is when a lot of us have a little time to churn out some early holiday gifts. It's so great to be able to purchase the beautiful hand painted stuff this time of year!

We're giving away this gorgeous batt today, just visit Moonlight and Laughter, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. We'll draw for a winner later in the week, so in the meantime be sure and use twitter, facebook, ravelry etc to help get the word out about this beautiful shop! We appreciate it so much, we give you extra entries for doing it!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Princess Bride Battle of Wits!

Just for fun, I've created a Princess Bride "battle of wits' challenge in the Ravelry group!
We have some great prizes, including a swap package put together by me, a $30 gift certificate to Extreme Spinning and a free Inconceivable Wrap download.

Check out the fun!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hot! Winners!

I'm wilting!!! The a.c. is broken and the repair guys seem to be either overwhelmed with new work due to the soaring temps or realizing that it is Friday afternoon and they have other plans :) Send cooling thoughts my way everyone!


Zombie Queen- you've won the Stash Enhancement dime buttons!!!

SJS- You've won the Fiber Fancy laceweight yarn !!

Kristen- You've won the Fleecemakers Fibers batts!!!

Karen (Faeryl) You've won the Yarn Demon Stitch Marker set !!!

Congrats everyone! Please email me with your addresses and I'll mail your winnings out asasp!
phatfiber at yahoo dot com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yarndemon Stitch Marker Set Giveaway!

Today we're giving away an adorable set of Yarndemon stitch markers! I'm so honored to be part of the inspiration for these guys! I used to have an ad out that showed my green yarn guy with googly eyes and said "The yarn money you could be saving if you'd bought a Phat Fiber Box" or something akin to that- the yarn guy is still up in the Phat Shop banner because I think he's cute (and a little creepy!). Anyway, Anita created these little yarn guys and I think they're so cute!

Yup, they're cute, but there is even more unabashed cuteness inside her shop! Zebras, Penguins and Mice oh my!

Let's have some fun! We're giving away this set of yarn guy stitch markers today. All you need do is visit Yarndemon, find something you love, come back here and post about it in the comments section below. Be sure and leave an identifying mark and be sure and take a minute to retweet/facebook etc about this to get extra entries!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fleecemaker Fibers Batt Giveaway

Several of you will be getting your boxes today (I hope!) and inside a few are these very beautiful brushed mohair fiber samples from Fleecemakers Fibers. I said in the video this month, they're really akin to human hair and feel very glossy and smooth. It would certainly be an interesting spin!

We're giving away this beautiful batt set from Fleecemakers today! This green batt set is very beautiful and has lots of sparkle to it!
Please visit Fleecemaker Fibers, find something you'd love to have, and write about it in the comments section below here. In a couple of days, we'll draw for a winner so be sure and twitter, plurk, facebook, ravelate etc about this giveaway to get more chances to win!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fiber Fancy Lace Yarn Giveaway!

Though I love discovering new shops and sometimes shopping with a place you've never purchased before is often exciting, I have several "fall back" shops I regularly buy from because I know what I'm going to get. This is the case with Fiber Fancy! I am very excited to see the new yarns Diana is dyeing and offering in her shop!

As some of you know, I'm going through a shawl phase. I am working on 2 right now and I will admit, I like using sock weight yarn because I like to knit them fast. This laceweight that Diana is now offering is beautiful and has a little 'backbone'- it's not the really super thin laceweight that you can find elsewhere. This means you can use a slightly larger needle and expect to be able to knit a little bit faster :)

We're giving away this beautiful skein of 'Wanderer of the Night' today! Please visit Fiber Fancy, go virtual window shopping, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below and be sure and twitter, facebook, plurk or ravelate about it as well to get extra entries!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stash Enhancement button giveaway!

Again, it is my pleasure to introduce to you a new phattie- Jessie of Stash Enhancement! Jessie is a talented spinner, knitter/crocheter and jewelry artist. Her samples this month for the box are these beautiful buttons made from dimes. This would be an exceptionally unique way to finish that project of yours that needs the 'right' button. I've been there, it's so hard to find buttons and closures that complement all the hard work you've put into making something!

I very much love that her spinning tools like her wpi gauge can be worn as a pendant- things with dual purposes like this make me happy! What a beautiful gift these tools would make for the special spinner in your life :)

Please visit Stash Enhancement today and find something you like. Write about that something in the comments section below and we'll draw for a winner later in the week. Be sure and mention Stash Enhancement on your facebook, twitter, ravelry group or blog for extra entries!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Giveaway Winners this week!


Jeremy- you won the Spinnerette Fibers batt!!

A. Hisock- you won the H.A.Y. batts!

Ann Ryan- you won the Fiber Gift Tags Variety pack!!!

Please email me phatfiber at yahoo dot com with your address, I'll mail them out asap!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fiber Gift Tags Variety Pack Giveaway!

Guess what? I know a place where you can get quality, professional printed gift tags for all of your fibery needs- Fiber Gift Tags of course!
They're based out of Canada, so you can find both American and Canadian spellings of Fiber/Fibre.
This is a special post because you're getting an advance peek at what may be in your June Phat Fiber box! Karen has sent in several mini variety packs for you all to enjoy this month.
A lucky commenter will be getting a full sized variety pack as shown in the picture above. All you need do is visit Fiber Gift Tags, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be checking to see if you have twittered/facebooked/pinged this giveaway and you'll be counted as an extra entry!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hampton Artistic Yarns batt giveaway!

Last week, you saw me spinning a very pretty blue/green batt from Hampton Artistic Yarns. I thought I would share with you the final product. I was really happy with how it spun up. I was able to spin it fairly thin and chain ply it. I really enjoyed spinning the silk noils and loved all the sparkle!

I feel Deb is one of the greatest talents on Etsy today. Her color sense is amazing! I am a firm believer in using quality materials to create with, and H.A.Y's fiber is top notch!

We're giving away this beautiful 3 oz batt set called "Jumping in the leaf pile". Isn't it great?! Just visit Hampton Artistic Yarns, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. Remember, we'll count those social networking pings like facebook, ravelry, twitter etc as extra entries-just let us know you did it!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Spinnerette Fibers and Giveaway!

I love love showing you all new shops! This time, I'm uber excited because I just love everything Spinnerette!

Spinnerette Fibers is brand new this month in the box and what amazing samples! The 'enchanted forest' batts just take my breath away. They are perfectly carded and I want to recommend them for beginners as they are super soft, but not slick and silky. I also think it will be fun for a newbie to see the colors marble together with this one!

We're giving away this gorgeous enchanted forest batt today! Just visit Spinnerette Fibers, find something you love and write about it in the comments section below- remember to use facebook, twitter or another social networking platform to get extra entries!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Winners this week and DIY face mask video!

I should mention, that although this is all natural, you should always to a test patch somewhere discreet when trying out new applications- the inside of your upper arm is a good place. Also- even though honey has amazing preservation qualities (they found honey in ancient Egyptian tombs- unspoiled!) you really shouldn't try to store this mask. Make fresh every time.


Dancingspindle ! You won the WCMercantile BFL/Silk fiber!

Lizbert ! You won the Beesybee milk fiber!

! You won the It's a colorful life hand pulled roving ball set !

Flamingwitch ! You won the Bitsyknits Roses of France Yarn!

Please email me- phatfiber at yahoo dot com with your address info and I'll get those mailed out to you asap!

As always, more delicious giveaways coming soon....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Running time 9:30

Giveaway shop today: Bitsy Knits! Please visit, find something you'd love to write about and come back here and tell us all in the comments section. Retweeting, facebooking, plurking, ravelating will all count as extra entires!

I talk about SALs (spin a longs) and show and tell about the three that showed up at my house this past week: Hampton Artistic Yarns Cirque du Solei SAL, Silver Sun Alpacas Ice cream SAL, Bohoknitterchic's Golden Age SAL

Watch me split a batt and decide how to spin it. Meanwhile, Chopper guards the fiber.

I start to melt and have to go inside.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's a Colorful Life Hand Pulled Fiber Giveaway and special SALE

No vlog today- we had some crazy thunderstorms yesterday and this morning!

So, I have a confession to make. I knew I was going to be posting a It's a Colorful Life giveaway today and I went and bought a couple of things from her shop that I had been eyeing for a while before posting here. It feels like "insider trading" or something. Don't hate me, alright?

Jen's (jenknits on Ravelry!) daughter is graduating this month and Jen has decided to hold a very special sale to increase cash flow and be able to get her beautiful daughter a gift. She'll be offering a buy one, get the 2nd 50% off! Or buy 2 items at 25% off each. I look at this as full of win. Jen will be able to buy that gift, and you've just be given a real excuse to buy more fiber. Don't hate me, alright? :) I'm just making sure you have enough stocked for Tour de Fleece (Go Team Phat!!).

Please visit It's a Colorful Life, find something you like, write about it below and you'll be entered to win this beautiful "Blossoms" hand pulled roving set! Remember the sale, check out as normal and refunds will be issued after payment (it's much easier that way!). We'll count twittering, facebooking, ravelating, and blogging as extra entries too!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Beesy Bee Fibers Milk Fiber Giveaway Vlog

*Video blog, a little over 8 mins.

*Beesybee fibers milk giveaway! Visit Beesybee fibers, find something you like, write about it on this blog to be entered to win ( we count facebooking, tweeting, ravelating, blogging and plurking as extra entries!)

*See a handspun hand-knit milk shawl (live action with drape)

*Explanation about how I ply a single on to itself using center pull ball
using northstaralpacas swirl roving

* Why I'm sitting in front of a wood pile- if "Every man looks at his woodpile with a sort of affection" (Thoreau) Then, they should also look at their handspun pile with the same affection, right?

Monday, June 7, 2010

WC Mercantile Giveaway and vlog!

I make a vlog debut! The video is about 10 minutes long. I show everyone the beautiful BFL/Silk Fiber 4oz Giveaway from WCMercantile. I announce my visit to TX’s best little wool shop ( WCMercantile ) for a Marketing your craft/yarn/fiber business online- I briefly touch on what we’ll cover and what to expect. I spin NorthStarAlpacas delicious alpaca/merino roving and Chopper the B.T. gets in to trouble at the end :)

Leave your comments here to be entered in the giveaway- remember we count extra tweeting/facebooking etc as entries!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Winners This week!

I wanted to let everyone know we will be announcing the winner of the May ginormous superbox of love very soon- please keep your eyes peeled!

In the meantime we have several winners this week!!

Winners of the 3 Lampyridae Batts are: Stacy, Turtle, and Knottiegirl !!

Winner of NorthStarAlpacas roving- Livin4fishin !!

Winner of the Critter ranch merino roving- Fiberfriend !!!

Winner of the StoriedYarns Percy Jackson fingering- Mugginskate !!!

Please email me phatfiber at yahoo dot com with your addresses and I will mail out asap!

Thank you all so much for commenting! It really means a lot to the artists I feature.

It's Fiber Friday! Join the fun over in our rav group:

As always, more incredible giveaways coming up- and some sneak peeks into the mysterious and magical "Mid Summer Night's Dream" box!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Storied Yarns Percy Jackson Yarn giveaway!

Yay! I've been wanting to feature Storied Yarns on the blog for a while now! You may have seen Jesse on Ravelry as Jessecreations (go friend her, you'll be glad you did!) and she is the sweetest bubbliest, funniest, person! Jesse is also very creative- she is a writer by trade and bases her all of her colorways on books!

Last month, Jesse sent in a cute pattern for a crochet star motif and to illustrate how darn sweet she is, she tucked these earrings in for me as a gift! Oh how I love my big dangly earrings! Thank you Jesse! So, she's a talented designer as well ;)

If you missed out on Storied Yarns "Percy Jackson SAL" here is your chance to have 50g of the exclusive colorway! Just visit Storied Yarns, find something you like, write about it in the comments section below and you'll be entered to win! We would love it if you would help twitter, facebook, ravelate etc about Storied Yarns too- we'd love it so much that we would count that social networking as an extra entry. Just let us know you did it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Critter Ranch Roving Giveaway!

Look! Sue from the Critter Ranch has recently added hand dyed combed top to her shop's repertoire! This month she sent in some really beautiful colorways- Violets and Lilacs and here we have the full sized Cherry Blossoms in Merino up for a giveaway!

You'll be pleasantly surprised by all the different fiber offerings available in Sue's shop! There is now just about anything you would want for experienced and newbie spinners! Locks, batts, top- it's all there. Look for some of Sue's expert handspun as well!

Visit The Critter Ranch today, find something you like, write about it in the comments section below and we'll count your name for the drawing of this beautiful Cherry Blossoms merino. Remember to help twitter, facebook, ravelate etc about The Critter Ranch and we'll count your work as extra entries!
Thank you Sue, for sharing this lovely new fiber with us!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

North Star Alpacas Blossoms and Bark Fiber Giveaway!

This past month, Maple of NorthStarAlpacas sent in the most beautiful fiber and yarn! I had a special treat and was able to spin this 'blossoms and bark' roving into a beautifully textural 2 ply which I knit into a Vertex right away because I loved it so much! This is one of those 'kitchen sink' fibers where everything but the kitchen sink is in there- except when it comes from someone like Maple who raises Alpacas and appreciates fine fiber her everything is so delightful!

This fiber contains Alpaca, merino, silk, cashmere, milk fiber, angora and angelina! Here is what Maple had to say about it:
"This fiber is a blend of many fibers that I have collected over the last few years. I sent it all to Pufpaff's mill where Suzanne prepared it into this lovely roving. Each sample is different and will spin into an awesome, slubby, arty yarn. I hope that you enjoy it.- Maple"

I want to encourage you to visit NorthStarAlpacas today and go shopping- let us know what you like in the comments section below and we'll draw from those comments later in the week for this 5 oz pack of fiber- more than enough to make your own shawl! Be sure and use twitter, facebook and ravelry to help spread the good word about Maple's shop- we'll reward you with extra entries!