Building FGF & Sourcing•
Posted on August 01 2018
Over the last couple of months, it's become more clear what the future of Fuzzzy Green Fibers will hold. I've been having a lot of fun designing knitting patterns and will continue to do so when inspiration strikes. I quite enjoy how art + math = clothes. And rather than retailing yarn that is natural in some way (which was my only previous aspiration), I've decided to fill a hole in the yarn community that I personally have needed. I really want indie, hand-dyed yarn that is trendy, colorful and FUN but doesn't have any trash in it - so I'm doing it myself. Sometimes I want a sock kit that has exciting colors... but I just don't feel good about spending money on something with dyes, treatments, and fibers I don't feel great about. There is a place for making concessions, but I don't make them for things I knit for myself. Or hey maybe I want to do a faded sweater of some kind... but the only kits I can find are superwash, or I would really have to stretch the imagination and color palette accepability to make a cobbled-together fade look halfway decent. I love natural undyed neutral colors that still smell like the sheep it was shorn from, but I also want some neon speckles in my life. Oh and I need to use all of the colorway names stockpiled in my brain, and a neutral gray doesn't lend itself well to a name like "Good God, Lemon!"
In addition to all of this, I think my "thing" is turning out to be project bags. I haven't released any of them for sale yet since I'm waiting on labels for them, but I am in LOVE. I love all of the artistic, utility and ethical decisions I've made on each one. Hand tie-dyed organic cotton sturdy project bags? You may have to fight me so I don't keep them all.
I'm super happy with what I've decided to do now, what I'll do next, and my ultimate plans.
However, there's this annoying little "not good enough" cricket chirping in my ear. I'm not so much concerned about the quality of my work or the aesthetic of certain things - that will all improve & evolve with time, experience, and preference. What my brain is goading me about is my sourcing for every. Little. Thing. Sometimes it feels like I'm not meeting the standards I've promised customers, and especially myself. I'm trying to use the least toxic, least environmentally impactful materials and processes I can. Of course it's not perfect because I don't live in fairyland. But even now in my research and development phase, my brain won't let it go that it's not good enough. Were your labels printed on recycled paper? Is the yarn you bought domestic? Would you feel safe eating your dye? Are your shipping supplies made from plastic rendered from things found in your own living room? NO BRAIN, NONE OF IT IS PERFECT. I guess I just wanted to get off my chest that I am a wee fledgling learning what it even means to sell products to people. As time goes on, I know I'll source every last item as well as I can (most natural, least toxic, most local, most ethical). For now, my claims are true: no nylon, superwash, or heavy metal-containing dyes in my yarn; organic cotton fabric, US-made zippers & labels, and low-impact dyes for my bags.
I hope my art & enthusiasm will translate well to those interested in my products. I'm consciously planning and strategizing every day on improving all that is possible to improve. And every time I make an improvement that approaches my ideals (even if asymptotically), I'll announce it with pride so all you other hippy-nonsense nerds like me can high five a tree or whatever.
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