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60 Second Interview: Fibre Forager

For all fibre lovers out there, today we are excited to bring you a 60 second interview with Zoe of Fibre Forager. Fibre forager 1

When did you start knitting/spinning/crocheting?

I can always remember knitting and crocheting when I was young and I remember doing tiny crochet with thread for my Art School application portfolio, but I didn't start  knitting regularly till my last year of university 9 years ago.  I started spinning 3 years ago with a drop spindle and moved onto a wheel last year!

What was your first knitting/spinning/crochet project? 

My first knitting project was a pair or fingerless mitts.  My first spinning project was for a shawl I wanted to knit.

Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?

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What product/pattern are you most proud of?

I'm really proud of my colour ways 'solstice' and 'Equinox.'  Everyone seems to love the earthy colours!

How many WIPS have you got?

2 for knitting and 2 for spinning!  I'm pretty good at keeping on top of my projects!

Do you use Ravelry?

YES!  I lose hours of my life to Ravelry!  Fibre Forager has a group on there and I have a small group for swapping handspun magic yarn balls! It's the 'UK Handspun Magic Yarn Ball' group.  The sign up for the first round of the year will be going live about the end of February, so come and join in if you fancy it!

Have you got a favourite pattern desiger and why?   

I really like Ysolda Teague as her patterns are well written, simple to follow and I love her designs and the fact that they cover a broad range of sizes.  I also really love Bev Galeskas for a great felted slipper pattern, her designs are Ingenious!

What's on your needles/hook/spindle right now?

I have the Marin shawl on my needles and I'm working away at The Beekeeper quilt too.  I'm spinning a commission yarn and another for a friend too.

If you had to pick just one kind of yarn to knit with/ tool to work with / fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?

I think I would go for Araucania yarn as the colours are amazing, my Haldane Lewis spinning wheel which is effortless to use and Corriedale for spinning, which I have fallen in love with!

 Thank you Zoe! You can check out more of Fibre Forager's fabulous fibres in their etsy shop and of course at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.


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