Opening a Phat Fiber box is always like opening a present, and this month was no different. Jessie does such a good job of picking out the little details (tissue paper, envelopes for the business cards, stamping the boxes) that it makes it feel as if each box was put together just for you. (If you don't know what a Phat Fiber box is, PLEASE go to the blog here and read about it. It is a group of AMAZING artists and ... I just can't do it justice. Go check it out. And there are often giveaways, so it is worth your time. But read the rest of my post first!)
I'll start with the cards:
Not as many cards this time as there have been in the past. But it was neat to see my friend's new cards. She runs the Northern Lights Fiber Co (click the link for her etsy shop) and she is pretty much amazing. And the cool little map is too cute. And the little glass bottle has a slip of paper that has the phat fiber blog on it. I don't know how she cut up the paper that small without going crazy! Pretty amazing.
On to.... patterns:
I LOVE the Phat Pacific Octopus pattern. I'm kind of obsessed with cute little baby toys, and this is a great way to use the little samples we get in the box. The Briny Sea Cowl may be what I use my first handspun yarn for as the patter says that it is "ideal for thick and thin yarn" and as a beginning spinner, that seems to be my style! I also love the bracelet, (Rav link) it is a cute pattern and such a small project it may be something I can actually finish. The baby set is adorable, and is a crochet pattern! I love to see a variety of things in the box, and this may be something I make and then pass the pattern a long to my mom who is learning how to crochet.
Next up: YARN!
The little bobbin of is from Twisted Fiber. I love the colors and have to think of something fun to do with it. I got 2 samples from Gale's Art in my box which will probably become some baby item. The colors are very pretty jewel tones. A sample from one of my favorite Phatties, Twice Sheared Sheep, with her new recycled yarn tag on it. I was excited to get a sample that was a heavier weight (worsted) as a lot of the samples tend to be sock and lace. A purple and blue sample from a contributor I had not seen before, Holiday Yarns. I need to go check out their shop and see what they have to offer. Another recycled yarn sample from Octopi Crafts. It is 100% angora and incredibly soft. A lace sample from odd-ish creations. I was very excited about this one because I am in her sock club and I LOVE the sample she sent in! I can not wait for my sock club packages to arrive! A hand spun sample from Stick to your Knittin' Kitten. Funny name! :) I love the colors in this yarn and it is spun really well. Very impressive. And last, I got a sample of K's yarn in the Big Blue World Colorway. It is merino and sea cell and pretty much amazing. Check out her blog as she is giving away a full sized skein of yarn right now!
And last... FIBER!
My color pick of the month goes to Wooly Hands and her Tropical Fish colorway. The colors are so bright and fun! I think it will spin up great with the Queen Jellyfish roving from Platformnine Designs. This roving made of mill ends is super soft and I can not wait to get the roving that I ordered from her in the mail!! Spincerely Yours packages her roving in such a creative way! It looks like a lollipop... I have no idea how she even gets it in there! The colorway is "Sandpiper" and it reminds me of the beach. Liberty Fibers sent in a merino silk roving sample. I'm excited to blend the "shore and sand" together into something fun! TLS included some beautiful blue roving and a yummy lollipop...great bribery! Plum Crazy Ranch and Fiber Art included pictures of her dogs, llamas, and kids on her tag! Super fun. And the fiber looks like a beautiful bunch of fun samples. People were really trying to get her samples last month on the Rav. thread, so I am excited to get my hands on one! Farmgirl Chic included a mohair and wool sample that is super soft. The different blues look gorgeous together. I also recieved some mohair locks in the "Coral" colorway from Wonders Waterfowl. They are really soft and I think will make a fun accent to some of my other samples. And last (but certainly not least) is Tactile Fibers. Their fibers are all naturally dyed, which is really cool. I also found that their label was VERY creative and super informative. Plus, I got to sample four different fibers...yum! They are all very gorgeous and hopefully I can do them justice when I spin them up!
Whew! I hope you all enjoy looking at all of the wonder Phat Fiber shops. And if you didn't get your hands on one, go check out the Phat Fiber group on Ravelry because they are giving away boxes to people who have never got one!!