Hey there Fibre Muses and welcome to a new series of blog posts I'm launching this year! As part of my Patreon rewards, those who are members of my monthly Pattern club on Patreon get automatically entered into monthly giveaways from makers and creators in the fibre community. In exchange to donating a giveaway prize, sponsors get a special interview spot on the Aroha Knits blog, as well as a feature on my social media accounts. January's Patreon sponsor is Frabjous Fibers (aka Wonderland Yarns). I've worked with their yarns in the past on the Simply Familiar shawl, so I was extremely happy when they signed up to be the first sponsor for 2017. So without further ado, continue onwards to learn more about them and their story!
1. First off, what type of Fibre Muse are you?
Three of us here at Team Frabjous took the quiz, and unsurprisingly, Stephanie, the leader of this fine crew, is the Dreamer. The rest of us knitters here are Seekers!
2. How did you first start get into designing/dyeing/making?
Frabjous Fibers is a business with humble beginnings, born from a love of textiles and fiber arts and built on a desire to create a healthy work/life balance steeped in color and texture. For Stephanie, working with beautiful yarns led to spinning; spinning led to dyeing fiber; dyeing fiber led to dyeing yarn; and now the dedicated and enthusiastic team of Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns creates hundreds of unique products, happily elbows deep in color every day.
3. What’s your brand’s mission? How do you want to effect the Fibre Community?
What started as a one-woman business structured to support worker-cooperatives in Nepal making yarns from recycled sari silk has grown, over the course of a decade, into so much more. Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns is now a dozen-strong team, providing jobs in the local community, dyeing all of our hand-dyed yarns and fibers in-house in Brattleboro, VT. We strive to provide the very best knitting experience possible, infusing our yarns with palpable loving care and attention in small batches, using the best possible materials from soft superwash merino wool to lustrous luxury fibers.
4. What is it about your work that lights you up?
We love what we do! Our work environment is fun, flexible, and likely the most colorful place in town. Our team is a family, and we support each other in the ongoing creative process. We are never short of ideas, and most of us are knitters, fiber artists, or otherwise crafty folk, so the inspiration spark is always hot.
5. Where do you see yourself/your brand in 5 years?
In the next few years, as we continue to grow our own brand, we'd love to become a distributor for other indie fiber artists/creators/makers, sharing what we've learned in our ten years in the industry and helping to widen their reach to shops all over the country and beyond.
6. What words of wisdom would you like to share with aspiring makers and creators?
Be patient with yourself, take baby steps, and hold fast when there are bumps in the road. Gather a supportive team around you, even if you're a one-(wo)man-band in the beginning.
7. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Some favorites of Team Frabjous members: Rocky Road, Moose Tracks, Chocolate with Peanut Butter Swirl, Cookies and Cream...we seem to be partial to chocolate around here!