I recently ordered this gorgeous fiber from her, and it occurred to me that a package like this, tied up with a pretty label and fabric bow, would be just the gift for any fiber fanatic friend deserving of a special holiday something. So I thought I’d mention it here in case the malls have got your head spinning.
Kary’s photos are always accurate representations of her offerings, but as you can see from the pics above (mine on top, her Etsy listing below), they really don’t do justice to the beauty of her creations. I am always doubly surprised and impressed by the real-life product when I receive an order from her.
The reason Kary’s fibers “keep on giving” is because she donates a portion of her annual sales to worthy causes – usually animal-related charities. This year, it is Pittie Love, a group that does American Pit Bull Rescue! That is a cause close to my heart, because we believe our pup Molly is partly Pit Bull (we call her “partly Pibble,” the silly, doting puppy parents that we are. Really, we’re enough to make you barf.)
Gifts from Kary “keep on giving” to your fiber friends because your recipients get to create something from the wonderful blends of wool, silk, chiengora, mohair, angora… and then they may make a present of the item they crafted to someone else! You’re also supporting an artist trying to make a living from art – not an easy thing to do in today’s world. And where would we be without art? Kary also is a member of Etsy For Animals – artists who donate 100% of sales of selected items to animal charities. Good karma abounds when you support her efforts.
Best of all, Kary’s Etsy shop makes online ordering easy as pie, and you can ship directly to your recipient – Kary will make it look pretty for you. 1-2-3, finis, and you can get back to your knitting and spinning to keep you calm during the holiday hubub. Finish your own handmade gifts on time, avoid the icky weather, and stay out of that headache-inducing mall selling forgettable Made In China crap.
Kary is always doing something to help others – she recently started the “Macuwita sni” charity crafting group to make items for the Cheyene River Sioux children in South Dakota. “Macuwita sni” means “I am not cold” in the Lakota language, and it is Kary’s hope that every child on the reservation will be able to say that soon. Right now, some are going around in just sweatshirts with no winter jackets – they need warm woolies! Please join the group on Ravelry or Yahoo! Groups if you would like to help!
So… isn’t my new spinning fiber gorgeous? Kary puts such care into the preparation of her “batt buns” – no neps, no VM, just soft, squishy spinny goodness. Yoda agrees.
This particularly scrumptious batch features fiber from a Border Leicester sheep named “Sparkle,” Icelandic wool from a gal named “Apricot,” handpainted tussah silk, and Newfoundland chiengora! YUM! Since chiengora is so warm, I am definitely thinking “hat” or “socks” for these batts… which I am now off to spin, being snowed in by a big storm last night.
One of the best gifts I have ever received is the privilege of knowing Kary and calling her my friend. I am so grateful!
Happy holidays, and happy shopping!