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Design Your Own Yarn with HANDSPIN

January 16, 2015

We’re pleased to introduce HANDSPIN, a smooth and springy blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool roving that comes cleverly packed in an up-cycled burlap coffee bag.

Perfect for both spindle and wheel spinning, this soft and versatile fiber can be spun fine or chunky, or anything in between. Your finished skein will look lovely in its natural state, but DIY dyers will be delighted with how well this fiber takes color, too. Whether you choose to dye the un-spun fiber or your finished skein, you’ll sure to have a yarn that’s as unique as you are!

We source our coffee bags from Metropolis Coffee Company, located in the heart of Chicago. Metropolis (as the locals refer to it) specializes in small-batch artisan roasts, sourcing beans from Africa, South America, and Indonesia. They are one of the most respected roasters in the Chicagoland area, and their cafe is a destination for folks visiting the area. You may spot their beans making an appearance in a specialty beer from Lagunitas (their Coffee Stout) or find their beans in the aisles of Whole Foods.

Image of roasters ©Morgan Anderson

These large burlap bags would otherwise find their way to a landfill, but we’re thrilled to find a way to reuse them while also providing an eco-friendly way to package our newest product. We hope you’ll dream up more creative uses for these bags once their journey continues into your own craft room!

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