Black Indie Dyer Spotlight: Kitty Pride Fibers

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Mar 102018
 

Kitty Pride Fibers is a one-woman operation promoting Unity, Joy and Passion through Fiber Arts. Finding new inspiration and creating one-of-a-kind colors is what inspires me.

 

I love sharing my passion with the hands that touch my yarn. I love being able to spark the creativity in others and bring smiles to those around me.

Chastity
(708)613-4456 business
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Black Indie Dyer Spotlight: Lady Dye Yarns

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Mar 042018
 

Allow me to introduce you to Diane of Lady Dye Yarns.

My company name is Lady Dye Yarns and the business is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Representation matters in the crafting industry because diversity brings more creativity, vibrancy and community.

I’ve been dyeing yarn since 2010, but began taking it more seriously as a business since 2014.  All my yarn is graffiti art-inspired, and I love what I do!

 

It is my goal to talk more about diversity in the crafting industry in the hope that more men and women of color start businesses and become entrepreneurs.

 

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In The Spotlight: Me! :)

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Mar 012018
 

Hey, y’all!  Happy National Crochet Month!  My name is Yvonne, and I’m the Head Hooker at Vonne’s Crochet & Beading. 🙂

In addition to teaching and designing in crochet, I also bead crochet, bead weave, make chain maille jewelry and occasionally dabble in kumihimo and macrame…I also admit I knit 😉

Feel free to check my About Me page or friend me at any of my web presences: @vcbvon on Twitter and Instagram, VonVonne on Ravelry, @vcbmaille on Pinterest, VCBVonne on Facebook.

Here’s a link to my free patterns page; all my patterns are on Ravelry.  You may now return to your hopefully regularly scheduled crocheting or other crafting! 🙂

 

 

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Black Indie Dyer Spotlight: Natalie Jett of Knottee Fibers

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Mar 012018
 

My name is Natalie Jett aka the Knottee Hooker.

I have been hand dyeing yarn for almost 3 years now. I started out of curiosity after seeing it done on YouTube and I was immediately hooked. When I started, I used Kool-Aid, food coloring and Wilton’s icing as they were all readily available. I soon graduated to acid dyes as the colors tend to be much more vibrant and you can control the outcome better.

Most of what I dye is after an order is placed. I love the challenge of custom orders where a client tells me what colors they want and I get to create a thing of beauty for them.  The name of my Etsy store is KnotteeFibers.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnotteeFibers

I don’t have a logo yet as I want to find a graphic designer to design it.

 

The pink yarn and scarf were done this January using snow as a medium. I was so jealous of folks who were able to snow dye because in SC it snows every 8-10 years and it rarely sticks. Well, when we got snow I was tickled pink. I was outside scooping it and laughing like a loon! lol

The name of the colorway had to be Pinkpocalypse.

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National Crochet Month 2018

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Feb 282018
 

March is National Craft Month, and to my delight, it is also National CROCHET Month, as deemed by the CGOA, the national association known as the Crochet Guild of America.

Because representation matters, I’m going to do something of a more promotional nature.  Recently, in organizing my respectable stash, I found that there were scarcely a few from black indie dyers and/or people of color.

Given the general history of most industries, I know y’all are out there, and I want to hear from you…whether local or worldwide.  I will dedicate a post to you at www.vcbtheblog.com upon receiving your info at von@voncrobead.com, so send me a blurb to share!

Please be sure to include your relevant details (name, photo, logo, contact info, website/page/blog url, what you feature or specialize in, etc.), and tell me as little or as much (but not TMI much) about your crocheting, crochet designing and yarn dyeing exploits!

#BecauseRepresentationMatters!!!

Happy #NatCroMo2018 🙂

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New Pattern Alert!

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Feb 102018
 

Hey, y’all!  Just a drive-by post to let you know I just dropped a new CROCHET pattern on Ravelry!

 

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VKLNY2018…the aftermath ;)

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Jan 152018
 

Greetings,

I have attempted to gather my thoughts on such a full weekend.

Friday:  worked the market at Tess’ Yarns, one of my ABSOLUTE favorite vendors.  It is no exaggeration when I say the colors and fibers are DELISH and the value can’t be beat!

Saturday: TWO CLASSES!  Shopped last year and put in my raffle tickets.  Since I was working at Tess’ Yarns (again…’cause I LOVE them!) on Sunday, I  was present when they called my name, and I won a Broadway Baby class package!!!

First class: Plug N Play Pullovers with Melissa Leapman…yes, it was a knit class 🙂

Second class:  Outlined Tunisian Diamonds with Lily Chin

Sunday:  Hip to be Square Mitered Squares with Melissa Leapman…yes, another knit class

My classroom buddy Violet (whom I adopted from @catherinesgirls) tagged along. I think my efforts met her approval 🙂

My friend Sahara Briscoe (@BronxChampion) has a great post with 7 pictures on Instagram. (Notes from the Knitiverse)

You can find the two free crochet patterns I dropped for Tess Designer Yarns at my Ravelry page:

Tess’ Two-Strand Hat

 

Kowl with a K

Thank you to everyone for stopping by, smiling and saying hi, sharing your work and your stories, supporting your local event or traveling for miles, shopping and getting to know the people and the yarns at the booth.  It was nice to see friends from the local crochet and knitting guilds, other familiar faces and meet so many new people.

And because…pictures or it didn’t happen:

Mr. Chipmunk from Annie & Co.

A shout out to the crew at Tess Designer Yarns; it was great to work with you again!  Until next time…

#IAdmitIKnit

Happy Hookin’!

 

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VKLNY2018: It’s back!!!

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Jan 122018
 

…and so am I!  Looking forward to an especially good time at Vogue Knitting Live NY 2018…because in addition to seeing familiar faces and making new friends, I won a class package which I will be using to take three classes!

I also have a new free crochet hat pattern to debut; it’s available at Ravelry and you can see it in person at Tess Designer Yarns’ booth.  Stop by and say hi! 🙂

 

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My bid for CGOA Board Nomination

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Oct 312017
 

I didn’t make the cut for CGOA nominations…but the CGOA bylaws do state that additional nominations can be filed if accompanied by a petition signed by 5 other CGOA members in good standing, so…if you haven’t already 🙂  please sign this petition and email it back to me at iteachcrochet@voncrobead.com.  This will be my Halloween treat 😉

Thanks again!

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Upcoming Events at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

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Oct 102017
 

Hey, yarnie peeps!  Here’s a heads-up of some events just around the bend…

Join us for Oink Pigments’ Pop-Up Shop on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 8 pm.  Light refreshment of…wait for it…beer and pigs in a blanket! 😉

We’ll be celebrating I Love Yarn Day on Saturday, October 14 with free learn-to classes.  Please follow the links for knit or crochet class times; advance registration is required.

Don’t forget the regularly scheduled Stitch and Kvetch on the last Friday of the month.  That’s all for this month’s events; please follow this link for class listings.

Hope to see you soon and often! 🙂

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September 2017

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Sep 062017
 

Hey, y’all.  It’s time for another blog post…ok, I’m long overdue.

Now that the kids are going back to school and we’ve had a few cool days here and there, it’s time to get into some heavy duty yarnin’!  I crochet all year round (love thread and cotton when it’s warmer), but as long as I have a/c or a fan, I can work with anything!

It’s almost time for the New York City Yarn Crawl again, in which Slip Stitch Needlecraft will be participating again, so be sure to stop by…especially if you haven’t been there yet.  It’s my local yarn shop in the heart of Bed-Stuy! From out of town?  Make it a day trip 🙂

For my DC37 peeps and former students, it’s time for crochet classes to gear up for Fall; contact the office at 125 Barclay for details!  Be sure to register in advance starting this weekend and share with friends, family and former classmates!!!

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Fabulous Friday!

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Jul 292017
 

So…Friday is one of my favorite days, which probably goes without saying for most, but it was an especially good day for a variety of reasons…some of which I’ll share. 🙂

It started with what is now the typical cat-and-mouse game to see if I can get to work on time without having any train troubles (side-eye for you MTA), which I lost…again.

Lunch was one of my faves: chicken wings…yeah, baby!

It was a pretty quiet day at work and I was looking forward to Stitch & Kvetch at my Local Yarn Shop, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, to meet with like minds of my hive / yarn tribe.  I finished my hair tube with overdyed yarn from the Yarn Dyeing class last weekend.  Socializing, munching and sipping is the perfect way to end the day/week/month! 🙂

Didn’t hang out too late, and left with one of my buddies so we could travel together.  (B, that express turned back into a local five minutes later).  Turns out transit wasn’t done f’ing with me for the day.

While waiting considerably longer than usual for my next train (thanks again, MTA), I spotted a gorgeous tshirt in my periphery and interrupted the wearers’ stride to ask about it because it looked familiar.  I was right…it was a Sue Rock Originals tie-dye tshirt, of which I have the collarless version and it is the SOFTEST tshirt EVER!  We chatted for a few, then he and his friend went along their way.  (Hey DeVon and Mike!)

Finally had to take the local and change to yet another train to get back to my hood, then missed the bus and was too tired to make yet another stop for dinner (which became garlic plantain chips and vanilla coke).  At that point, I decided to cut my losses and take a cab from there because the next time I got up I wanted to be at my door.

All in all, it was still a fabulous Friday! 🙂

 

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