Launch of Pursuit of Craftiness Hand-spun Yarn

I'm pleased to announce that I'm launching a line of hand-spun yarns this fall. Final details are still being worked out, but the plan is to have the wonderful spinners of Qinghai hand-spin soft, lofty wool into a two-ply yarn that's versatile and next-to-the-skin soft. Between now and September, I'm working on developing the color palette and a range of knitting patterns to go with the yarn.

I'm hoping that you will give feedback and suggestions on colors, and perhaps even test out the patterns. I'll post the first run of colors next week along with info on where to shop.

I'm looking forward to sharing this fabulous yarn with you!

A very useful souvenir

Pursuit of Craftiness will soon be expanding to be more than just my blog. I've been finding too many great textiles and yarns to keep it all to myself - it's time to start sharing the goodies. Starting in March, I'll be posting hand-spun yarn and indigo quilting fabrics on etsy. The most fun part of launching has been thinking about logos and labels. I knew I wanted a hand-crafted look, but wasn't sure how to do that in Illustrator. The answer simple and serendipitous - go low-tech.

While I was in Hanoi, I randomly came across the shop Hieu Phuc Loi. It's a teensy family shop at 2b Pho Ta Hien Street. They have no web presence at all, or I'd post a link.

Anyway, they make beautiful hand-carved wooden stamps and other wooden goodies including moon-cake molds. They have a great selection of pre-made stamps with room for your name, and also do custom work.

The dad of the family does the carving, and the mom and daughter run the shop.

They turned some less-than expert drawings of mine into tiny works of art. I couldn't be happier with the results.

If you happen to be in Hanoi, make sure to pay them a visit.