Ivy's Fiber Pages
This page is dedicated to the fiber artist. It is for the knitter and the crochetter and especially for the hand-spinner. If you are a weaver, please don't feel slighted. I haven't learned that lovely form well enough to put up any information about it.
It may be easier to talk about what the fiber arts aren't before going into what they are. They aren't boring. There is always a new challange. First in simply learning the basic skills and working up through more and more elaborate and beautiful patterns, then in learning complicated techniques like cable stitch for knitting or spinning designer yarms. Finally, the challange is in designing your own unique patterns.
It isn't just for old ladies in their rocking chairs. Why should they have all the fun anyway? Knitting has been popular with the 20 and 30 something crowd for quite some time now, and with men as well as women.
Fiber art is fundamentally human. It one of the oldest arts, practiced all the way back to ancient times when man needed to make clothes from hand in order to survive.
Fiber arts are dynamic. New techniques and new ways to do things are always coming up and enjoying at least a brief stint of popularity. Some remain forever as part of the altered "standard". Others will probably be discovered again and again by new generations of artists.
The fiber arts are a journey. Most people start with knit, or crochet, from kits or published patterns and then move into designing their own patterns, spinning their own yarn, and dying their own wool. Some start raising their own fiber animals. You might not want to go that far, but my hope is that this page will help you find the next step in your journey, or just enjoy the part you're on right now.
You'll find techniques and tips here, such as how to Dye with Kool Aid. You'll also find a variety of patterns. I try to write my patterns so that you can work them with whatever yarn you have available, including and especially your own handspun.
If you'd like to learn how to knit, I'd like to invite you to take a look at my Learn to Knit video, which will take you step by step through the knitting and sewing up of a simple hat.
If you want to know what's up in my fibery little world, check out my Fiber Blog.
For my collection of favorite fiber-related links, click here.