Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Farmgirl Chic Vintage Safari Cloud Giveaway!

I loved the idea of creating a fiber reminiscent of an old photograph! This beautiful cloud contains a smattering of corridale cross, kid mohair and just enough Angelina to keep it all interesting. There is a beautiful unfurled picture of it here.

Melissa's work just keeps getting better! Take a look at this beautiful handspun here.
MMM I could just eat it!

We're giving away this delicious vintage safari cloud! Just visit Farmgirlchic, let the beauty of her store surround you on this lovely morning and find something you love. Write about it here in the comments section. We'll draw for a winner later in the week.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Critter Ranch Gorilla Batt Giveaway!

Sue from the Critter Ranch
was inspired by the movie "Gorillas of the Mist" and the lovely silver backed Gorillas that can be found the the African congo. Surprisingly, only a few of our Phatties featured the rainforests of Africa this month! The beautiful black batt is composed of natural black Llama and Alpaca, silver mohair and Llama. The green rainforest batt contains Llama, Alpaca, Bamboo rayon, Mohair, silk and firestar for strength and sparkle.
It's truly lovely carded art!

We're giving away this beautiful batt set. Just visit The Critter Ranch today, find something you love and write about it in the comments section below. We reward extra twittering, fb'ing, plurkng and ravelating with additional entries!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Winners this week and reminders!

Winners this week are:

Vickie(Morgaine)- Purely purl pin !!

Alison- Spinning a Yarn silk !!

In Juneau- WCMercantile rolags !!

Prairie Comforts- Bristlecone wpi tool !!

A couple of reminders for this weekend- Please post your phat purchases in the Buy Phat Incentive Thread here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/phat-fiber-sampler-box/1261289/1-25

This weekend also marks the last few days you can donate to the Gulf Oil Relief box- you can see a video of the contents and learn more here: http://phatfiber.blogspot.com/2010/07/gulf-oil-spill-benefit-box.html

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bristlecone WPI Tool giveaway!

I am so very excited to be sharing with you a newly discovered shop this past month- Bristleconeart! I know we have quite a few spindle enthusiasts in our group and I have been just itching to tell you all about Chris' beautiful hand-turned spindles and tools.

In August, Chris sent in some gorgeous handmade lampwork glass buttons for the box. They were just amazing little treasures that I hope will entice several of you to make larger purchases from him. I have taken a lampwork bead class before and it's no simple feat to create buttons like those!

We're giving away this gorgeous hand turned Canarywood wpi tool! Just visit Bristleconeart, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. Be sure and leave an identifying mark so that I may track you down if you win! I'll be drawing for a winner in just a day or two!

WCMeracntile Hand carded rolags giveaway!

I think I'm still on a WCMercantile high! It was so amazing to see Steph's shop and to meet her! I was also privileged to me a wonderful young woman named Katie from SandyHillFarm, also in TX and she is the one who hand carded all of the luscious samples in the August box!

Speaking of samples, these are a gorgeous blend of wool, farm raised mohair locks and silk in the most amazing sunset colors. I don't see this particular set in the shop right now, but Stephanie is such a warm and friendly person, it would be easy to message her and ask for a recreation. I recently spun some of the Flying Wright Farm silky mohair- (also hand carded by Katie) and it was just dreamy!

We're giving away this beautiful rolag set! Please visit WCMercantile today, find something you love, come back and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be drawing for a winner later in the week, but be sure and let your friends on FB, twitter, plurk and ravelry know about this giveaway too.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spinning a Yarn Silk Giveaway!

Do you remember the "storm in a teacup" sample from this month's videos? It was from a New Zealand Phattie, Jessicah of Spinning a Yarn. I loved the wool version, but the silk version of this colorway just blows it away, doesn't it?

I am quite excited about the other silk options Jessicah has in her shop, like the luxurious silk yarns!

Please visit Spinning a Yarn today, find something you love, and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be giving away this beautiful storm in a teacup tussah silk later in the week. Twittering, fb'ing, plurking and ravelling will net you extra entries, just let us know you did it!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Purely Purl Shawl Pin Giveaway!

I am so excited about the giveaways we have this week! This one especially! This is a beautiful silver shawl pin hand-crafted by Galia of Purely Purl. What a simply elegant pin.
I think that is what much of Purely Purl is about- simple elegance.

I was recently gifted a lime green "yarn snob" necklace from Purely Purl, and it amazes me how many times I wear it! I just love it.

Today, we're giving away this beautiful shawl pin! Just visi Purely Purl, find something you love, come back and tell us here in the comments section. Remember to twitter, fb, plurk or ravelate for extra entries!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Winners this week!

Looks like I'm finally recovering from the flu I had this past week! Yay!

Here are the lucky winners this week:

OneSheep- you won the Critter Ranch Cloud !

ALittleWeirdo- you won the Sarah Kate Handspun !

Heather (winemakerssister)- You won the Wild Hare BFL ! (I have your address already)

Please email me your addresses and I'll post them asap!

Look for some really luscious giveaways this next week!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wild Hare BFL top giveaway!

One of my favorite phatties is having a wonderful summer clearance sale! Wild Hare is clearing the way for new fall items and Melissa needs our help! Buy any 2 items in her clearance section and get one free- such a deal! As I am writing this, Melissa has 36 items in that section, so lots to choose from.

One of the things I appreciate about Melissa is her willingness to support local farms and fiber. It is becoming more important to bring more of that 'localvoire' attitude to all aspects of our lives, including our art.

We're giving away this beautiful "Leafy Greens" BFL top today! Please take a moment out of your day and visit Wild Hare Fiber Studio, find something you love and write about it in the comments section below. We'll be drawing for a winner soon, so be sure and twitter, fb, blog etc and help Melissa out!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sarah Kate Fibers Handspun Giveaway!

You may remember seeing the pre-beaded plying cord in this month's preview video- Sarah Kate fibers is now offering these genius time savers!! I know personally, the thought of stringing loads of beads on to a plying thread has often deterred me from trying this spinning technique!

I recently purchased a batt from Sarah Kate Fibers and spun it during Tour de Fleece. It was so wonderfully carded and the dyeing was superb! Looking at this Mother-Daughter team shop has really blossomed in the last couple of months, I can't stop drooling when I see the cantaloupe batt!

We're giving away this beautifully spun and bead-plyed handspun yarn! It's hard to tell from the picture, but the beads are a gorgeous iridescent blue! Please visit SarahKateFibers and find something that speaks to you, please come back and write it in the comments section below. We'll be drawing for a winner later in the week so be sure and FB,twitter, plurk or blog about it to gain extra entries!

Fiber Beat Review of Phat Fiber

Wonder Mike just let me know he reviewed a January fluff box on his wonderful podcast Fiber Beat!

Check it out here:


Monday, August 16, 2010

The Critter Ranch and Shearlock!

Shearlock's travels has taken him to visit The Critter Ranch in July! I was waiting for photos to get back so we can show you all what a wonderful time he had! Look at his new outfit too! He'll be wearing that on his next adventure ;)

Shearlock reports that The Critter Ranch is a magical fibery place filled with artisan dyed goodies and friendly fiber animals.

To celebrate his return, The Critter Ranch is giving away this beautiful piece of spinnable artwork- Sue's interpretation of the July Seaweed, Ships and Scallywags theme "Ocean Floor".
Just visit The Critter Ranch, find something you like and come back here and write about it in the comments section- go ahead and do it now, we'll wait for you! ...... Done? Ok! Make sure you twitter and facebook so your friends have a chance too, and you'll be rewarded with extra entries.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Giveaway Winners!!

I'm a day late- so sorry!

Winners this week are:

NorthStarAlpacas fiber: MugginsKate !!!

Winemakerssister EZ set: Tara !!!

Please shoot me an email at phatfiber at yahoo dot com with your mailing addresses, I'll get these out to you asap!!

More incredibly wonderful giveaways coming up this week :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Northstar Alpacas Giveaway and 1000th salebration!

We've been seeing a few of our phatties celebrate special milestones in their shops recently. I'm hoping we can all help Maple of NorthstarAlpacas reach her 1000th sale soon! I just swell with pride when I see our hard working phatties doing well!

Maple will be entering the 25 sales leading up to 1000 into a special giveaway for shop gift certificate and the 24 hours after her 1000th sale will be a special 50% off sale! It's really exciting!

is also featured in the August "Africa" Phat Fiber box and we're giving away this luscious 100% swirled alpaca roving in gorgeous yellows and purples and natural white! Just visit Northstaralpacas, find something you love, and come back here and let us know about it so we can go look too. We'll be drawing this weekend so be sure and let everyone else know about this exciting event!

EZ Centenary Giveaway from Winemakerssister!

Elizabeth Zimmerman was born 100 years ago on 8-9-10! I have missed any events marking this occasion, but I was thrilled to see that Heather from Winemakerssister is offering a beautiful commemorative set- notecards and mugs with your favorite EZ sayings, in her shop.

Heather is so sweet and will be giving away an EZ quote notecard with every purchase made in her shop the entire month of August!

Heather is also giving away a set (mug and cards) to one of you!! Drop by Winemakerssister, find something you love and come back here and post a little note about it and/or your favorite EZ quote. We'll be drawing for a winner later in the week- be sure and let everyone else know about the giveaway via twitter, facebook etc for extra entries.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WC Mercantile Trip!

Just back from a whirlwind trip to Texas! We did the Alamo, we did Mi Tierra's and Market Square in San Antonio. We experienced weird Austin, but the highlight of the entire experience was the best little wool shop in Texas- WCMercantile! After we did our marketing seminar( which was held in the middle of a historical downtown building, and I thought that was amazing!) we stuck around and got to know Stephanie and her mother Petra a little better while we shopped. It was an amazing experience to be able to meet several phatties like Southern Mystic, Garilynn, and Spindipity and speak with an Alpaca breeder who was one of the very first pioneers of Alpaca in Texas.
I will make special mention of Katie of Sandy Hill Farm (the young woman in the orange shirt in the second photo) as she has brought Pygora to Texas and we all expect great things from her in the future!

It was just an amazing experience and the people were so talented and wonderful! We are already looking forward to our next trip and we still need to unpack!
Thank you WCMercantile for hosting a wonderful event!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Phat Fiber Box Giveaway!

Look at these beautiful West African women crocheting purses from plastic bags!

Pretty neat!

Our theme this month is AFRICA!!! I love this theme!! I'm so excited so I"m giving away a Phat box from the past- all you have to do is post about your favorite part of Africa!

Details can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/phat-fiber-sampler-box/1246850/1-25#1

What a great way to start the week!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shawl Along with us!

I have an easy new shawl design I'd like to share with everyone! If you can YO, SSK, Knit and Purl you can make it!

As a child I spent four glorious years living on the beach in Virginia. There is so much
history in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake Bay area it seemed to permeate the salty air
that sprayed ashore. It was common knowledge to the children of the area that,
Blackbeard buried treasure there, that it was where Pocahontas saved Captain John
Smith’s life, and that the Witch of Pungo sailed to England in an eggshell.
Grace Sherwood was the only “witch” in Virginia to have been tried by water.
The local townsfolk bound her and threw her in a river for the ‘test’. Grace was an avid
swimmer and was able to float and sealed her fate to be condemned for witchcraft. She
was thrown into prison for some 8 years and eventually released.
Was Grace really a witch? I highly doubt it. I do think she was a knowledgeable
woman, skilled in herbal healing and the natural world and this wisdom was threatening
to some of her neighbors.
I was inspired by Grace Sherwood’s courage to create this shawl pattern, in hopes
that the wearer can be reminded to both smile in the face of adversity and to reflect on her
story before casting judgment on others.

Join us in the group for a KAL with prizes: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/phat-fiber-sampler-box/1244168/1-25

Or visit the pdf link directly- http://www.phatfiber.com/img/witchofpungoshawl.pdf

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Full of Win on Wednesday!

It's still Wednesday, if only for a couple of hours!

Winners!! Please email me your addresses and I'll get these out to you asap- phatfber at yahoo dot com

Gales Art BFL winner- Luckielizard !!

TwiggiKnits Sock Kit- Elendir !!!

Counting Sheep Farm sock yarn- BusyHSmom !!!

Congratulations! Look for more giveaway real soon ;)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Counting Sheep Farm Sock Yarn Giveaway

Check out all the new My8KidsMom hand dyed goodies at The Counting Sheep Farm shop! Yes, Yes, I know it's 100 degrees outside right now (up here in the northern hemisphere anyway!) but Fall is officially only 50 days away! Think hay rides, apple picking and scrumptious handknits. You can't wear 'em if you don't start 'em!! Now is the time, folks! Get those needles clacking!

We're giving away this beautiful set of two 50g skeins of My8KidsMom superwash sock yarn. Look, now you can do two socks at a time on one big circular needle and you won't have to measure out the yarn! Just visit Counting Sheep Farm, find something you love, and come back here and let us know about it! Remember to use twitter, facebook, plurk, ravelry, your blog to help spread the word- while you're at it- let everyone know they have only 50 days til Autumn!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Twiggi Knits Sock Kit Giveaway

We haven't done a Twiggi Knits giveaway in a while, but this one is quite the doozie! Sandi is giving away a Monopoly sock kit!
If you're unfamiliar with Sandi's Sock Kits, they're really fun! She always picks really cute ideas and dyes yarn and creates goodies to fit in with the theme. Last year she did a "4 weeks of Halloween" sock kit club where you were sent a new kit each week in October. I remember everyone saying how much fun it was to get the packages! We can all hope she decides to bring back the 4 weeks of the Holidays too because I remember the Hannukah yarn as being really gorgeous!

Please visit TwiggiKnits, find something you love, write about it in the comments section below and we'll draw for a winner on Wednesday! A short giveaway week this week as Marcus and I will be giving a workshop in TX! Yay!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gales Art BFL giveaway!

Earlier today, I was finishing up an experiment- just how many oz of fiber can I fit on one standard majacraft bobbin while still being able to spin? Answer: just under 8 oz worsted weight 2ply BFL from Gales Art. While I was spinning this fiber, I kept wishing everyone knew just how soft and awesome Gale's bfl is.. I know you're thinking wow, bfl. It's not like it's alpaca or silk or something super luxurious, but I gotta tell you, Gales Art BFL is some seriously soft stuff!

I love how I can just take off and spin it too- if you're a new spinner and have not yet tried bfl, you'll be amazed at how easy it is for you to spin- it's so fun!

Anyway, we're giving away 2 of these braids to a lucky commenter! Why only 2? Because Gale donated one of them for our Gulf Oil Spill Relief box. But, the other 2 are all for you! Just visit Gales Art, find something you love, write about it in the comments section below and we'll be drawing a name later in the week. Be sure and leave an identifying mark and remember we'll count those extra social network pings as entries too!