Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Bucket's List

Everyone that knows me, knows that I love to support small indie businesses. It all started when I discovered Etsy a few years ago. I developed a real love for buying gifts for people from my favorite shops and feeling really good about giving my hard earned money to someone that was passionate about creating at home. Whether it be a stay-at-home mom or a singleton supplementing their income or a creative genius sharing their craft with the world, I decided that giving and buying indie is the best thing since (whole wheat) sliced bread. And I've never turned back.

Even better than JUST supporting indie, is supporting someone you KNOW that is an indie shop owner. Case in point, my girl, Krys. We met when she came to our knitting group a little over a year ago. We hit it off almost immediately. We had a lot in common, shared the same sense of humor, views on mommyhood (ha!) and of course, our love of fiber and knitting. She's since become one of my dearest friends. So, when she decided to open up her Etsy store, Gherkin's Bucket ....I was all about it and started buying my first handspun yarns right away.

Her business has evolved quite a bit since she opened earlier this year. She not only dyes her own fiber in luxurious blends such as merino/cashmere/nylon, 22 micron merino, organic merino, baby alpaca/merino and merino/seacell, but she spins them into lofty, gorgeous yarns. She also just recently started kettle dyeing merino superwash worsted and bulky and will soon carry merino superwash fingering....all of which are conventionally spun yarns. You get the best of both worlds....handspun AND conventional yarns all in one awesome shop.

Recently I worked on some knitted projects with some of her handspun....

First up, Highly Regarded Mitts by the one and only Gherkin herself.

These were done in her Fat Grasshoppa colorway in superwash merino bulky and only used about 80 yards for the entire pair! You could get 2 pairs out of one skein of this yarn!

Next up was the Beech Wood Cowl by Ilga Leja.

I made this with her merino/tencel blend in Charmed. It was LOVELY to work with and the stitch definition is incredible!

Some of the other pretties in my stash are:

Baby Alpaca/Merino in Honesty

80/10/10 Merino/Cashmere/Nylon in Ching Ching

Superwash Merino in Verve

Pretty, eh? You can get your own Gherkin's Bucket yarns here ON SALE! She's offering 15% off everything in her shop right now as a fall sale!

And congrats to Krys for being featured yesterday on Lime and Violet's Etsy Shop of the Day!

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Posted by Wannabe @ 8:02 AM

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Gorgeous yarns! Love the mitts and the cowl...

Posted by Anonymous Jeanne @ Tuesday, September 30, 2008 5:11:00 PM #

Congratulations to Krys!

Posted by Blogger Sarah @ Tuesday, September 30, 2008 7:38:00 PM #

You sound Canadian, eh?

Posted by Blogger blondie @ Sunday, October 05, 2008 3:48:00 PM #

oh i loooove her yarns - get this... bought her first skein last year, a lovely candy cane plied wool skein that is SOOOO yummy. i think i need more :)
time to check out her shop!

Posted by Anonymous jennifer @ Saturday, November 29, 2008 12:59:00 PM #
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