When asked whether Kat would be interested in selling some of her first skeins of yarn, she responded, “Sure, why not?” This response evolved into the name of her business, Why Knot Fibers, just a few years later. Today, Kat offers her hand-spun, and hand-dyed wool along with other finished products for sale on an Etsy site, at a local retail location (Wool & Honey in Cedar, MI) and through word of mouth business.
At the third of our Wool to Market sessions, Kat demonstrated prepping the carded wool for spinning, use of the drop spindle and spinning wheel, plying techniques, how to wind off a skein of yarn, and talked about marketing your finished products. We are hugely appreciative of the knowledge shared by Kat and explored by participants (and ducks).
A felted horse by the DeYoung Ones
Quackers and Quaddles
Dyed, hand-spun roving by Kat Eldred of Why Knot Fibers
Kat spins a little magic into her yarn.
The ducks check everything over before the session begins.
Kat led us through the key elements of spinning, from prepping the roving to plying the yarn.
This is Gretta’s wool loaded onto the drop spindle.
Chris plants strawberries donated by Brandy. The ducks approve.
More of Kat’s beatutiful yarn. Available for sale through Why Knot Fibers.
Heavy wool requires heavy duty trucks, thinks Topher.
“Well, hello there!”
Gretta’s wool spun using the wheel.
Burt’s wool spun overtop some lovely orange.
Fathead Sammy, the barn cat visting Lindy.
No session is complete without a barn cat in your lap. Fortuantely, Brandy, like Sammy, the cat, is a cat person.
Gretta and Burt plied together. Lovely!
All this talk of sheep makes ducks very sleepy.
Kat winds the yarn.
From shearing, washing, carding, spinning, to a finished product!
Winding into a ball.
Kat begins knitting the newly spun yarn.
Quaddles, the Gorgeous.
Kat assists Brandy in learning to spin using the drop spindle.
Gretta and Burt’s wool knitted!
Lindy tries the spinning wheel.
Samantha gives spinning a try.
Kat’s hand-dyed wool spun during the session. Looking good!
Quaddles sneaks a drink from Carl’s canteen with Quackers assigned as official Lookout. Naughty ducks.