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Details About Our Popular Blends

Now on to the fiber bases: 

Alpaca/ Silk 
50% Alpaca, 50% Tussah Silk 
Alpaca is considered to be a luxury fibre. The Alpaca is a camelid (related to camels) like the Llama. It produces a fairly fine, soft fibre that has been used for centuries in woven fabrics and vast amounts were imported to Europe for use in suiting. The main producing area are the mountainous South American  countries of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, but animals have been successfully bred more recently in other countries, on a smaller scale. 
• Alpaca micron count: 24-26 
• Tussah silk micron count: 26-36 
• Rated as next-to-skin for most  

 

BFL/ Silk 
70% Blue Faced Leicester, 30% Tussah Silk 
The length of BFL paired with the strength of silk? Perfection! Both these fibers have a pretty shimmer so it makes the dyes shine. Tussah Silk is a wild silk. Made from wild tussah silk worms who eat juniper leaves and oak. As the silk is produced in the wild and not in a controlled environment the silk tends to be courser and less lustrous than Mulberry silk and a lot of spinners like the added texture it gives. 
• BFL micron count: 25-27 
• Silk micron count: 26-36 
• Next to skin for most 
• Beginner friendly, in that if you're determined to spin a wool/silk blend, start here. Otherwise, more Intermediate friendly.  

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Details About Our Custom Blends

Now on to the fiber bases: 


BFL Silver Sparkle 
75% Blue Faced Leicester, 17% 25 micron Merino, 8% Silver Stellina 
Stellina is a fairly new fibre made from polyester and nylon. Very similar to Angelina fibre. 
• BFL micron count: 25-27 
• Merino micron count: 25 
• Next-to-skin for most  

 

Corriedale/ Bamboo/ Silk 
50% Corriedale, 25% Bamboo, 25% Silk
Bamboo and Silk for added strength and shimmer. Bamboo is a viscose fiber that doesn't take on dyes and remains white after dyeing. The silk we use is primarily Mulberry though occasionally we use Tussah - if you have a preference, please note it in your order.  
• Corriedale micron count: 25-30 
• Bamboo micron count: 19 
• Silk micron count: 10-13 (Mulberry), or 26-36 (Tussah) 
• Next-to-skin for some 

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Details About Our 100% Wool Bases

Now on to the fiber bases: 

Blue Faced Leicester  
Perfect for both beginner & experienced spinners, Blue Faced Leicester wool is fine and dense with a good lustre and is long in staple length. The Blue Faced Leicester fleece is highly prized for its likeness to mohair and for its production of attractive lustrous yarns with good resilience. 25-17 Micron and an average length of 3.34" to 4.33". Rated as next-to-skin for most.  Beginner friendly.

 

Cheviot 
Cheviot is a main British wool breed. The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners. The micron count ranges between 27-35 with an average length of 3.14" to 4" in staple. Rated as not next-to-skin for all, definitely best for outerwear. Beginner friendly.

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That's a Real Gem!

As most of our readers know, Created by Elsie B is headquartered in the midwest, right in the heart of Utah. What people may not know is that this is majestic country. We have numerous national and state parks and a whole lot of beauty right out our front door. Around here, fall is a favorite, and the crisp, cozy, captivating atmosphere is really inspiring us! The palettes we're digging are channeling rich fall landscapes and jewel tones, so we pulled together a colorway roundup to reflect that. Jewel tones offer both depth and warmth to your projects and are just perfect for autumnal knits!
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Customer Spotlight- Casey Hudson

Has this year been rough or what?! We don't know about you, but we have to say that crafting, color and creativity have really been a life line for us over the last six months. (Along with being hermits a bit - not going to lie!) When the world gets heavy, it's important to make tangible connections to life, love and hope. One of the most valuable aspects of the work we do here at Created by Elsie B is the opportunity to build community, and we just wouldn't be half what we are without all of you. Today we're thrilled to showcase the lovely and talented Casey Hudson. She's a regular contributor to our Facebook group, lighting up the world with her friendly face and stunning work. She makes the world a better place, and we're so glad to share in that just a little bit.
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Hello Again, Old Friend!

While it's a given that the new and novel tends to catch attention, there is also something to be said for the tried and true. We love developing new colorways here at Created by Elsie B, but our bread and butter is the fact that we make so many different options that are repeatable. With so many bases to choose from, that's good news for our loyal customers! Whether you underestimate your project needs or just want to try old favorites on every base we offer, restocks are always exciting. If you missed it, we restocked quite the handful of beauties this month, and we wanted to make sure that you didn't miss out on picking any of these up. I think the heat has us channeling fall vibes because there are a lot of jewel tones and autumnal shades in this batch!
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Care, Empower, Promote!

It's been a while, no? Summer is in full swing at Created by Elsie B headquarters, and we hope you are all doing well and finding plenty of time to spin, knit and create. We've had a lot going on behind the scenes, including our continued focus on diversity education. In our search for resources in this area, we came across one that we just love and wanted to share it with all of you. BIPOC in Fiber is a centralized resource that offers easy access to a wide variety of black and indigenous artists around the world. While there are dozens of ways you can reach out to and promote black voices in the fiber arts, purchasing from diverse makers is one of the very best ways to magnify their reach and appreciate their work. We've found so much to love about this website, and we think you will, too!
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Diversity in Fiber

You may have noticed that it's been quiet around here. We've spent the last few weeks following what's happening on the public stage, listening and learning about the experiences of the Black community. Created by Elsie B strives to be an inclusive company, and that has always been a part of our values. However, we haven't always been involved and aware of the issue of diversity in fiber. In fact, it really only came on to our radar within the last year. But, we want our customers and readers to know that we're focusing our energy in this area and are sorry that we haven't been more involved. The issue of the lack of diversity in our space has hit us hard, and our eyes are open. We have committed to doing better and being part of the solution. We will miss the mark. We will make mistakes. And, we will listen and learn and take accountability when that happens. If you follow Created by Elsie B on Instagram, that has been our main platform over the last few weeks to highlight the various resources that we have found invaluable to our education. If you are struggling with where to start, we have book lists, educational resources and blog posts there that we have found helpful. In addition, today's blog highlights a very personal and actionable step that any fiber artist can take to encourage, support and promote Black voices in fiber.
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Coming In For a (Semi) Solid Win!

There is no doubt that we love color. (It's kind of our thing here at Created by Elsie B!) LeAndra spends a lot of time pairing and planning for the beauties that we send  out the door every day, not to mention the actual process of mixing and applying the vibrant colors of our Elsie B fibers. And, while there's little doubt that our variegated colorways steal the proverbial show, we like to think that our semi solids are the hidden gems of the spinning world. They are stunning in their own right, but tonals really shine paired with our more colorful options for perfect plying and blending. There is so much you can do with semi solids, and adding them to your fiber repertoire will really kick it up a notch, so to speak. Today we're highlighting just a few of these beauties. While we often develop tonals to match a specific paired colorway, we release them independently as well, and also have several (such as Linen shown here) that have several matching colorways. However you use them, the creative possibilities are truly endless!
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Customer Spotlight: Kathleen McConnell

It's no secret that we love our customers! It really brings us a lot of joy and fulfillment to see our fibers going into the wild and being used, loved and coming to new life with your creativity. We are crazy excited today to give you inside look into our Created by Elsie B community and learn more about one of our much-loved customers, Kathleen McConnell, shown here exploring a stunning park in Maine last September. Kathleen has been an active participant in our Elsie B Facebook group for some time, and she is so encouraging, wise and creative! We have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Kathleen's spinning journey, and we hope you find it as inspiring and interesting as we have.
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Get Your Sezzle On!

One of the most common misconceptions that we hear from people that don't craft (or new DIYers) is that we make things with our hands "to save money." While we definitely think that getting crafty is an excellent value, the hundreds to thousands of dollars in our respective craft stashes indicate that we've shelled out big bucks for the pretties that we create with. We are willing to bet that you get that in a big way as well! Still, budgeting matters, and it's not always possible to pick up every Elsie B fiber that catches your eye at any moment. It can also be difficult to add higher ticket supplies to your repertoire, even when they increase speed and productivity dramatically. (I'm looking at you, spinning wheels!) The good news is that Created by Elsie B offers a good dozen payment methods. One of our more budget-savvy options is Sezzle. Sezzle allows you to make Elsie B purchases using four easy installments. Here's how it works!
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I Can Knit a Rainbow

"Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue..." Now, if you aren't singing that in your head at this point, you must be way outside the culture we grew up in. (Is this a universal song of youth? We really have no idea.) We're deep into spring here at Created by Elsie B headquarters in Utah, so rainbows are on our mind. It's in the high 70s today, and we had snow just a few short weeks ago. It's all par for the course around here, but the warm weather is certainly very welcome! Flowers are popping up. We're starting to think about gardens, and we are just dying to wrap everything in color and brightness! Today's roundup is rainbow inspired, and we've chosen a variety of hues to share with you. (P.S. Fairy Dreams and its coordinating semi solid Peach Blush shown here are a beautiful burst of pink, purple and orange tones.)
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