Hey there - thanks for asking!! The HAPPY3 coupon will be active in our etsy store until Monday morning!
Unfortunately, we don’t have any more stock to put up at the moment… Things really flew out of the shop very quickly as soon as we posted the code. D:
Thanks so much for your interest and I hope that you find something you like; there are plenty of beautiful colors still up! Actually, several of my favorites are still up for sale - this happens more often than you’d think and I always interpret it as the universe trying to tempt me into pinching skeins out of the Nooch Fiber stock, haha. In case you’re curious, here are four yarns that I am totally into:
Tooth in Central Park Fingering (okay, this one is even a cut above the rest - if it’s still in the shop when the sale is over, it’s going into my stash!)#nooch fiber #birthday #yarn #knitting #fallinginlovebythemilligram
yes! alert: long explanation incoming! sadly it’s not feasible for a few reasons. first is that we pay for each listing on etsy and changing them would cause us to incur greater costs. second is that it would be a huge hassle to keep the stock up to date - each time someone placed an order, we would have to go in and edit the listing to reflect what is left. combine that with the facts that we often sell multiple sets per day, that none of the colorways are repeatable, and that we often list nearly 100 minis at a time… even if someone was able to look at a picture of 100 minis and tell us which ones they want, it would take us a long long time to find that exact one. so sadly it’s not doable. :( we wish we could! we try our best when we make the sets to create color combos that are consistent with the overall aesthetic of our shop! :)#audience participation #nooch fiber #graypyre
Hey! Sorry for the delay in replying to this!!
The truth is that I am a complete weaving noobie! But maybe that’s a good thing? ;) Here’s what I know:
The loom that I have is an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom (16”). I chose the rigid heddle loom because it made the most sense for what I wanted to do with weaving (nothing too complicated and not too much of it) and also because it was relatively affordable (around US$200). It came with the loom, a couple of different heddles (those are the things with the slots and holes that go in the middle), a warping peg, and a couple basic shuttles (these hold the yarn that you are weaving horizontally).
I remember that when I first got it I was SUPER confused about what I even needed to do to get started - I totally agree with you that weaving has a lot of terminology and options, so it can be a difficult hobby to even enter into. My loom came with this thing called a warping peg, which allows you to string up the loom with the vertical threads (the warp). I think that fancier weavers use a warping board, though I have to admit that those completely baffle me. So let’s stick with the warping peg, haha. It’s basically a wooden peg that you attach to a table that’s as far away as you want your item to be (if you want a 6’ scarf, you would make it 6’ away plus a little more for loom waste). Here’s a great video on how to do it from Ashford. As you can see in the video, you’re basically taking one super long piece of yarn/thread and then winding it up and down the length of your item and through your heddle.
Okay now I’m going to try to explain the actual weaving part, though I’m not sure how good I will be at doing this, so bear with me. Once you’ve warped the loom, you’ll see that warp threads directly adjacent to each other will be in different positions (either the hole or the slot). The way that a rigid heddle loom works is that you move the heddle up and down as you weave and this moves adjacent warp threads up or down, allowing you to easily weave (!!!) your weft yarn (the horizontal one) under and over the warp yarn (the vertical one). The weft yarn is usually wound on a shuttle, which is just a piece of wood that facilitates bringing a reasonable amount of yarn across the woven fabric (these can be very simple or fancy… guess which one I have?). As you can see in this video, the weaver initially has the heddle in the up position. Then she moves the shuttle across and slides the heddle down to tighten the fabric. Now she clicks the heddle into the down position (altering the position of the warp threads), moves the shuttle across again (the other way), then slides the heddle down to tighten the fabric once more. If you want a stripe in your item, you can just change the color of your yarn in the shuttle.
Some cool things about weaving:
1. Though the prep process is kind of long, the weaving itself is pretty quick. You can easily weave a scarf in a couple hours.
2. It creates a flat fabric which is good for embroidery/embelishment.
3. It’s pretty tolerant of experimentation. Again, I am a total noobie and I haven’t done any serious patterning or anything, but everything that I have tried I’ve been pretty successful at and I’ve mostly just figured it out by trying different things! Some examples: (1) a scarf that had a very fine weft that was spaced apart, (2) a crazy big wall hanging that is covered in rya knots, (3) a scarf with the same fractal handspun yarn as both the warp and weft.
I hope this is helpful and encouraging! And I hope I haven’t offended any weavers with my complete lack of knowledge. :)#nooch fiber #audience participation #weaving #wexfogg
Awh, thank you!! :D Our 3rd birthday is coming up this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled - we will have a fun coupon code to celebrate!#nooch fiber #witknitch
Thank you for your kind words about our yarns! I happen to have made MANY projects using mini skeins and these are some of my faves - all of these incorporate at least a few Nooch Fiber minis (though many also use several other sock yarns):
This is the Chevron Pompom hat - it’s a pattern that we just released for free on Ravelry and that uses one set of 4 minis and 20g of a neutral sock yarn for the grey parts. It’s actually designed for the Nooch Fiber minis specifically, so it will use up almost all of the yardage in all four minis. Here’s my personal project page and the pattern page where you can download.
Next up is the Zig Zag Pram Blanket - this is my go-to pattern for gift/baby knitting, since the results are always so awesome and fun! I’ve actually made three of these, so here are my three project pages and the pattern page. This pattern is designed for 5g minis (I think), but I’ve had lots of success just repeating stripe colors. :)
No mini skein project list would be complete without the Beekeeper’s Quilt (or, in my case, headboard!). This is a more long-term project, but if you’re into mini skeins it can definitely be a very rewarding one! Each Nooch Fiber mini skein will get you about 3 hexipuffs (12 puffs per set of minis). Here’s my personal project page and the pattern page.
And, last but not least, I wanted to give you a more out of the box idea: this is a scarf that I wove with mini skeins. Not sure if you weave at all, but it often doesn’t occur to people that minis are great for things other than knitting! :D There’s no pattern for this one (it’s just plainweave with stripes), but here is my project page.
I hope this gives you some inspiration for your minis! :)