Last weekend’s Yellow Rose Fiber Producers Fiesta brought together fiber artists from the many stages of production that go into supplying knitters with the perfect stash. If you missed the fiesta, though, you still have a chance to discover something new and enjoy their creations.
Heavenly Fiber was a ‘leap of faith’ for store-owner LeiLani Franklin. Knitting runs in the family, with her grandmother trying to teach her as a child and her brother now running Shangri-La Alpacas, a ranch in Colorado. After trying spinning to learn more about yarn, Franklin was soon experimenting with fiber and sharing her creations with others on Etsy. Her store has featured hand-dyed fiber as well as hand-crafted stitch markers.
Making the journey from San Antonio, this year’s Fiesta was her first time hosting a booth and selling her fiber in person rather than just online. Further expanding her repertoire, it was also Franklin’s first time selling her own hand-dyed yarn.
Her Halo Sock is 438 yards for a 100 gram skein, made up of 75% superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina, which gives the yarn a ‘heavenly’ sparkle. At her booth, Franklin also had lace weight Halo yarn as well as skeins of mohair yarn.
The Etsy store is currently closed while Franklin restocks with newly-dyed fiber and yarn, but she hopes to have it reopened next week with the start of a new month. For those who want to feel the fiber in person, Franklin also plans to attend this year’s Kid ‘N Ewe Fiber Festival in November.