Playing With Fiber – A New Beginning

Playing With Fiber – A New Beginning

It’s 2023 and I am preparing for all sorts of fun this year! In June, I will turn 65, so I am busy learning about all my Medicare options. I guess, that will be a new beginning, but that’s not the one I am happiest about. What I am rejoicing in, the most, is my new business name and the dreams I have for the future.

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Playing With Fiber, is what I plan to do, for the rest of my days on the planet! Playing is the keyword, it gives me permission to try new things, and not place such restrictions on myself. Most of all, it will fit into the life Brian and I, are finally planning to live. It’s taken a lifetime to identify “what I really want,” and suddenly it is right in front of me. Brian and I were recently at a coffee shop, discussing upcoming travel plans, and he suggested we take photos during our quiet moments, and turn them into fiber memories. Like a bolt of lightning it hit me! This is our time, our plan, and our future…the business will work with us, wherever we are.

I’m excited to say, this blog post will be the very first post, on my new website. In our new business strategy, I will write about what I am doing, and offer specially curated custom kits. If a reader is interested in something special, they can reach out to me, and we will do our best to make a kit with supplies that work for them.

This blog post is about … blending yarns to make what you want to see. As my website implies, I am always fiddling with my fibers. I look at a single skein of dyed yarn as a flat canvas on which to build. Most of my favorite knitting projects are knit with a combination of yarns.

Playing With Fibers presents a seamless poncho knit top-down with leftover luxury and specialty yarns. Sections are approximately 1 inch in depth and color changes happen as yarn runs out.
Poncho style shawl, I knit for myself, using all sorts of leftover yarns and specialty fibers. Pattern: The Reunion Shawl by Jen Guintoli

In close ups you see the number of yarns I mixed together to get the blends I wanted to see. That sort of play, makes every project fun for me, and makes it uniquely satisfying. This project is from 2017.

Now, let’s fast forward, recent projects I have been playing around with. I made some educated discoveries along the way. Instead of throwing anything together, color wise, I have started to realize the transformative effects of additional yarns, colors, and fibers.

This hand dyed DK skein of 70% Baby Alpaca/20% Silk/10% Cashmere, is sitting on top of a cowl, knitted with another skein of the same batch.

This is a lovely DK weight yarn I dyed. I wish I dyed 2 skeins this way, but instead I dyed 5 of them. Now, that I have this cowl knitted, and no one seems to be interested in buying all it’s brightness, I have 2 entire skeins languishing. I saw a pattern for these quick slippers, and thought I could use some cozy slippers. I grabbed a small ball of leftover yarn and began pulling color options, to tone it down a bit. Nothing I had laying around seemed to work. In a moment of craziness, I threw some brighter colors at it, and surprisingly that was what it needed. I’m going to enjoy wearing these punches of color on my feet.

Playing With Fiber slipper made with 4 different hand dyed yarns
My very colorful Cloud Slippers. A free pattern by Adrienne Sullivan

My next example addresses working with beautiful hand dyed fingering weight yarn, when you no longer enjoy projects on small needles, that take forever. That’s where I find myself at this moment in life. I have a solution that works for me…knit luxurious fingerless mitts.

Playing With Fiber knitted these fingerless mitts. Shown with the two yarns combined together.
Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes, is a free pattern available on Ravelry. My favorite, go-to pattern for fingerless mitts. Make a pair in 2 evenings.

http://www.mountaintopfarms.net is where I purchased this lovely angora blend yarn. You can see the yummy halo in the photos. This yarn gives all the warmth you can possibly want, and they knit up really quick on US-7 double points.

My last blended fiber project, is a sweet little shawl made with a special skein of silk and bamboo, I purchased at a destash sale. It was only $5. I thought about throwing it away a hundred times. But, every single time something stopped me. It was simply meant to be!

The shawl that almost wasn’t.
The perfect little skein, combined with a strand of KidSilk lace weight yarn, edged with a picot beaded bind-off. I am smitten and can’t wait to wear it.

I encourage you to play, with those favorite skeins, you have laying about. Dare to try something different! You may surprise yourself.

Capi Puszcz

8 thoughts on “Playing With Fiber – A New Beginning

  1. Congratulations on your new business venture! It will be fun to see what you come up with. All of your blending pieces are wonderful and I look forward to seeing more.

  2. A new adventure for retirement. I am glad you have found your passion. I look forward to seeing your new website and blog. The freedom to do and make things without the outcome being critical is something I look forward to.

  3. The new logo is perfect for you Capi! And the title will make sure that there is never any pressure on you – playing is the way to go.

    Your photos are very good btw.

    The shawl is pretty – the bead and picot edging makes it special – and what a bargain! The slippers are fab and a bright spot in this dull awful weather we’re all having – the fingerless mitts will come in handy right now too.

    Best of luck to you and Brian as you embark on this exciting journey.

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  5. Best of luck to you and your supportive husband! I love the whole idea and I can’t wait to see and read your next blog posts.

  6. Many congratulations on your new and exciting business venture Capi. I wish you and Brian every success and happiness in your retirement. Your various projects are a great start. Looking forward to seeing loads more and hearing about your travels.

  7. Thank You Everyone!! We are on vacation, working on the website, setting up a Facebook and Instagram presence. Please join either or both platforms to follow us. We hope build a little community around fiber ideas and friendship. I have had a couple tough years that are behind me. 🎉 Your support means the world to me. ❤️🌈🧶🙏🏼❤️

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