In my first workshop last weekend at Knitters Connection, one of the students was oo-ing and coo-ing about some yarn that she’d purchased. She showed the class the yarn. It was fabulously rich in color. I knew that I’d need to make a bee-line to that booth when I hit the Vendors Hall.
It was the first booth I saw: Fiber Optic Yarns.
Kimber Baldwin is the dye artist behind Fiber Optic Yarns. She is a PhD trained chemist who left academia to spend more time with her family. Her husband helped her set up a dye studio, and she was on her way!
She is located in
, and so far has
sold mostly either locally or by etsy.
She told me her stuff sells out FAST!
This fall, she’ll be featured in Spin-Off magazine as one of a
group of up-and-coming indie dyers. Recognition
of her work is well deserved. Her colors
are strong and satisfying: saturated! Cincinnati
Resistance was futile. So I bought.
Here’s a picture of a combed top (85% Bluefaced
Leicester, 15% silk) that
she dyed in a colorway she calls, “Garnet”.
She describes this as a “faux Batik”.
Here’s a picture of a combed top (100% Bluefaced
Leicester) in colorway
And another BFL combed top. Kimber has started to dye up some of her fiber in what she calls “Once in a Lifetime” colorways. These colorways are essentially limited editions, never to be repeated.
Kimber is best known for her “layered gradient” dyeing. I got two gradient colorways: “Blackberry-Raspberry” and “Bitter Lime-Rose” (both are 80% Merino, 20% silk). Aren’t they something!
My plan is to make two skeins in which I ply one layered gradient colorway with the other. I can hardly wait to get to this project!
By the way, Kimber and her fibers will be at Spin-Off Autumn Retreat this fall. And I’m planning to use some of her fiber for the classes I’ll be teaching.