Hobby Lobby just released some new yarn designs - unsurprisingly they stole designs by a few different indie dyers, including lemonade shop, who’s been working on her speckled designs and rainbow splash color runs for a while (lemonade shop yarn is left, hobby lobby is right) :
She’s not the only designer they’ve stolen unique fiber patterns from, and the indie dyer community is reaching out to a few more dyers with very singular designs that hobby lobby has also taken, so I’ll try to update the list as I can.
Stolen art is stolen livelihood. Please support artists, small time crafters and creators as you can, and if you recognize someone else’s yarn in the hobby lobby release, be sure to include them and a link to their store. There isn’t much else that they can do to fight this unfortunately.
people on tumblr tend to be pretty good about the whole “you should pay artists thing” but i just want to put out there: that includes fibre artists
i can’t count the number of times i’ve been knitting or embroidering something and someone is like “oh can you make me one?” and then they get offended when i tell them they’d have to pay me.
real talk: nice yarn/wool is expensive. sewing machines are expensive. for every handmade skirt or stuffed animal you see online there are at least a half-dozen prototypes in the creator’s closet that can’t be sold.
and that’s not even getting into the time spent on these projects. i have some things i’ve probably spent in excess of 100 hours on. i can’t even fathom making a living wage knitting stuff, because nobody would ever pay that much.
tl:dr; fibre artists deserve to be paid for their time and skill just like visual artists and if you can “buy something just like that at walmart for $5″ please just do that and stop wasting our time
People often look at the tags on my handmade goods and declare that my prices are outrageous. I did the math and THIS is what that handmade beanie you want for $10 ACTUALLY cost to make.
So if you see that $30 on the label, be courteous. Know that I am paying myself far, far less than minimum wage in labor ($2.22 per hour, to be exact) to even come to such a supposedly ghastly price. I can't take that $10 for a hat because no one can live on $0.37 an hour, much less sustain a business.
Handmade goods aren't overpriced, people just undervalue the hard work and years of skill artists put into them.
@ the person naming these: who are you? what is your life?
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Several pictures of dyed yarn bearing strange and fantastical names to describe the colors.
First picture has four sections in it, four gradient yarns in each. First section: “Too hot outside” and warm colors. Second section: “Lifelong hesitation”, combination warm and cold colors. Third section: “Jumping at the deep end” and cold colors. Fourth section: “Purple animosity” and cold colors.
Second picture has three sections in it in with one shade of red in each titled as following: “Poisoned blood”, Blood queen”, and “Tomato soup with too much cream”.
Third picture has two sections, four gradient yarns in each. Both sections are a combination of warm and cold colors. In order the titles are: “Persistent aches and pains” and “Code of chivalry”.
Fourth picture contains one gradient of four yarns in shades of purple titled “Poisoning the ex”.
Fifth picture has two sections containing two separate shade of pink yarn, titled as following: “Poisoned bubblegum” and “Celebrating Hanami”.
Sixth through tenth photos are all separate yarns, titled as following: “Artificial shrimp cocktail” (warm color), “Bat in a dark mood” (cold color), “Tired hamster” (warm color), “From a snail’s point of view” (cold color), and “Dolphin in my bath tub” (cold color).
Also if you are in Canada, Espace Tricot is owned by a black woman as well although many may not have known. A lot of the yarn companies are indie dyers so please support them especially since a lot of yarn festivals were canceled due to COVID-19
This is my attempt at a realistic Pseudonaja affinis, an elapid snake common in Western Australia. This was a requested design by a herpetologist studying these snakes for her PhD. The color Sequoia looks the most realistic for this snake which is sometimes called a Spotted Brown Snake
The 12 inch tail is knit like cord starting with very small needles. Most of the snake is stockinette worked back and forth. The head is knit in the round and requires a little hand sewing with a scrap of some non-fraying fabric similar in color to your yarn. You need some polyfill and eyes. I also added a patch of leather inside the head for shaping.
Knit this Snake Scarf by Barbara Tomlinson from Beachton.com. Find the PDF pattern on her website here, or on Ravelry here.