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Our Favorite Patterns and Projects

Our Favorite Patterns and Projects

At Created by Elsie B, we spend a lot of time playing with fiber. There is nothing we love more than blending color and having our hands in the dye pots, and we hope that reflects in the products that we are proud to send to your doors. However, we also like to (occasionally) actually turn beautiful hand-dyed fibers into wearable works of art as well. LeAndra weaves, knits and crochets, meaning she keeps a library of patterns on tap for when the need to create hits. These are some of our top most used and loved patterns at Elsie B headquarters for both personal use and handmade gifts, and we hope they provide as much inspiration for you as they do for us! All of patterns are available on Ravelry which is where we find most of the patterns that we love best. (P.S. The little sneak peek to the left is our combo knit pattern. We do plan to get back to that- be patient, and we'll share all the deets!)
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Paint the Town Red (And Pink!)

Paint the Town Red (And Pink!)

While we believe that it is always a good time to celebrate love, February is the month that is traditionally dedicated to honoring devotion, passion and commitment. Here at Created by Elsie B, we are definitely devoted to our craft and are passionate about every colorway we produce. Still, red and pink are the traditional colors for Valentine's Day, so today we're highlighting our very favorite love-inspired braids to share with you. We are positive that you'll find something you adore in this mix!

(As a side note, one of the quick and easiest ways to search our catalog is by color. Just hit "Shop" to the left of our navigation menu and then "By Color" to see our full Elsie B assortment organized by shade.)

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Expanded FAQs - What is Combed Top?

Expanded FAQs - What is Combed Top?

When you first visit us at Created by Elsie B, you may not realize that our product line has evolved over time, and we didn't find our passion in fiber arts immediately. For people that are new to our small business, we still sometimes get asked about exactly what it is that we do. Does Elsie B sell yarn? Is this roving? The short answer is that all of our dyed fibers start as combed top, but what, exactly, is combed top? How do you differentiate it from other types of fiber, and what is it used for? Today we'll tackle that question, breaking down wool processing to help you understand the properties of this versatile type of wool fiber.
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Going Around in Circles

Going Around in Circles

While Created by Elsie B has been involved in the fiber world for quite some time, we still remember how exciting it is to pick up a new craft and immerse ourselves in learning. One of the most fun parts of diving into spinning is gathering quality supplies to make the process quicker, more efficient and more consistent. It is true that you don't have to have a significant budget to spin, and we highly recommend our drop spindle kit for beginners who are just getting into the craft. Still, you will probably outgrow it at some point and desire to upgrade to something that is a bit more practical. Elsie B has you covered with our full assortment of Spinolution products. We love and use these wheels ourselves and are proud to offer them to our customers as well. With a wide variety of price points, Spinolution has something for every spinner to love.
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On Wool: Sourcing and Responsible Practices

On Wool: Sourcing and Responsible Practices

Here at Created by Elsie B, there are many things we love about running a small business. While getting to interact one-on-one with our customers is the fuel that drives us, we also value the opportunity that we have to take a hands-on approach to product sourcing and development. Taking care of the environment has always been an Elsie B value, and that made choosing wool as our primary product a bit of a no-brainer. There are dozens or reasons that working with wool is a responsible move, and this list is just a few of the many ways that wool is wonderful both for its versatility and its sustainability! We care about where our fiber comes from and how it's produced.
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Give It a Strong Finish!

Give It a Strong Finish!

Welcome to a new year of fiber, spinning and fun! We've always envisioned our blog being not only a place to let you know what is currently going on here at Created by Elsie B, but an educational platform as well, giving our readers tips, tricks and techniques to get the most out of your fiber. We periodically get technical questions, either on our Facebook page, in a blog comment, on Instagram or even via private message. While we are happy to send over whatever resources we have at hand, we want to have that information more readily available. Today we're going to dive into finishing, so you can create stable and stunning yarns from your spins that both wear well and give you the wow factor! Finishing isn't a particularly difficult process, but it is a quite important one.
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Knitting in a Winter Wonderland

Knitting in a Winter Wonderland

We're right in the thick of celebrating all the winter holidays and while time is short to pick up fiber in time for holiday delivery, we didn't want to let the week pass without highlighting some of our very favorite seasonally appropriate Created by Elsie B colorways. Whether you already have these in your stash or want some winter-inspired options to add to the mix, we love each and every one of our seasonal picks. They make us think of snow and festivities and cold-weather coziness. There is just something about wool and winter that is well matched!
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It's a Fiber Lover's Fa La La!

It's a Fiber Lover's Fa La La!

No matter who's on your list this holiday season, it can be challenging to shop for family and friends. Maybe they have everything or you're just plain bad at anticipating what the best gift might be. (I can't be the only one!) Either way, if you have fiber lovers on your gift list this year or just those who admire the craft for afar, Created by Elsie B has you covered! We have a wide variety of products in a broad range of prices so you can find just the right thing for the special someone in your life - even if that special fiber lover is yourself! Settle in with a nice hot cup of holiday cheer while we unwrap our very favorite items to put under your tree this year.
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New Year, New Yarn!

New Year, New Yarn!

Here at Created by Elsie B, we hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. We're keeping it a bit low key around here, if you haven't noticed, but we still have some exciting news to highlight. LeAndra has spent the last 12 months perfecting a new product that has been bouncing around her head for years. We are so excited to put the physical manifestation of this long-anticipated dream in your crafty hands and see it spring to life. Sharing our fiber love with you gives us so much joy, so we think it's quite fitting to release it around the most wonderful time of the year! This week, we'll unwrap all the ins and out of the Created by Elsie B Year of Fiber - consider it our gift to you for a cheerful and bright 2020! What better way to ring in a brand new decade than with a brand new Elsie B product?
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Baa Baa Black Sheep!

Baa Baa Black Sheep!

While fiber and all the ins and outs of preparing, picking color palettes and dyeing make up the majority of what we do here at Created by Elsie B, LeAndra is also a spinner, knitter and fiber artist herself. This means that not only do you get the absolute best fibers when you shop with us, but we also have a variety of bits, bobs and complementary products that speak to fiber-loving souls like you. If you haven't searched our product catalog extensively, you may have missed our Elsie B Sheep Notions Bag, one of the cutest and most useful additions to the website. Today we're spotlighting these little darlings, where they came from and their plethora of uses!
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Taking It Out For a Spin - Combo Spin Pt. Two

Taking It Out For a Spin - Combo Spin Pt. Two

As promised, we're back this week for part two of our combo spin tutorial. If you remember, we ended the first post with our five braids separated and remixed into spinning bundles of about one ounce each. We've had so much great feedback on this series, and we're excited to walk you through the process to complete this yarn. As we prepared for what we expected to be the rest of the story, however, it became clear that there was just too much to fit in one post. (Really, there's around three dozen photos!) So, this blog will cover the spin, and we'll come back and do a third and final installment where we show you the process that LeAndra went through to knit the finished project. So, get comfy, and let's get down to spinning, plying and twisting!
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The Community Roots of Fiber Crafts

The Community Roots of Fiber Crafts

While it's hard to say when and how spinning, knitting and their associated fiber arts originated, history does reflect that people have been playing with wool, silk and yarn for a very long time, with physical evidence of knitted products that go back as far as the 11th century. There are even pieces of art such as Bertram's Knitting Madonna that depict the Virgin Mary clicking away with creativity. Traditionally, the fiber arts have been a very social craft as projects were both a labor of love and a necessity of life, meaning yarn and needles were carried everywhere so that artisans could sneak in a stitch whenever they found opportunity. Though modern manufacturing has changed the way we live significantly, the social life of the fiber arts is still an important and fulfilling part of the craft.
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