This weeks Fiber Friday Spotlight features Stacey Budge-Kamison of UrbanGypz Artisan Yarn. Working from her home studio in Asheville, North Carolina, Stacey draws her inspiration from the world around her creating a line of yarn that is full of wonderful textures and vibrant colors.
With four weights of sock yarns to choose from, Stacey offers knitters a lovely selection of superwash wools and blends that are available in a variety of hand-dyed colors. Fat Fingering, a basic 2ply 100% superwash merino yarn, is thick enough to knit as fast as a sport weight and is available in 400 yard skeins. SeaCell, a beautiful blend of 70% super-wash merino and 30% SeaCell fiber, a rayon derived from seaweed, is a wonderful yarn that wicks away moisture from your skin and is antibacterial, making this fiber blend the perfect for sock yarn. SeaCell comes in skeins of 378 yards and is also considered a thick fingering weight. South American Fingering, a single ply 100% merino yarn, is considered to be an “awesome smoosh” that comes in skeins of 420 yards and is considered to be perfect for mittens, gloves, or even for a very special pair of socks. Econo Sock, a limited edition 100% superwash merino, comes in 450 yard skeins that knits up with just the slightest texture to create a soft washable yarn. You’ll also find a beautiful collection of handspuns in 2 to 3 ply, Boucle and Gypz Tangle, a unique handspun that features unique colors and textures.
For those of you who spin, UrbanGypz has a wonderful selection of fibers in Superwash Merino, Merino and Tencel, Merino and SeaCell, Merino and Bamboo, Vintage BFL and Australian Wool, all in mouth-watering colors.
Be sure to visit Stacey’s Etsy Shop, where you’ll find not only her beautiful sock yarns, roving and handspun, but a gorgeous collection of recycled sari yarn.
Helping Sister Out, a line of yarns and fibers that come from a fair trade collective in Nepal where women hand spin from recycled fibers, is incredibly soft and available in vibrant colors. Sales of their beautiful yarns and fibers help them earn a livable wage and supports their community.
After personally reviewing this beautiful recycled sari silk, it is perfect for knitting a one of a kind scarf or small shawl. For tips on working with this fantastic fiber, visit Stacey’s blog, where she also features a free pattern using recycled sari silk.
UrbanGypz is a must to add to your favorite fiber shops, so be sure to visit Stacey online today!