Tuesday 23 December 2014

Happy Holidays from Fibre Detours

As 2014 comes to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their support and loyalty. We look forward to more new and exciting things in 2015.

I have enjoyed getting to know many of you. Our conversations about family, life, and the fibre arts have been inspirational. I hope we will continue to share our lives detours together.

Indeed, I'm so grateful for all of your well wishes! I'm getting stronger everyday and hope to be back to full strength in the New Year!

We wish for you and your families a very happy holidays filled with love, hope, and peace.

The Fibre Detours Family

p.s.  We will not be shipping orders between December 24th, 2014 and January 2nd, 2015. All orders placed during this time will be shipped on Saturday, January 3rd 2015.

 Happy Holidays from FBD!

Monday 3 November 2014

** New Products Alert **

Fibre Detours is excited to announce we now offer both 
Ashford Corriedale & Ashford Merino by the 1/2 oz!

The 1/2 oz (14.17g) quantity is great option when you need a less than 4 oz of a particular colour. Perfect for all fibrecrafts - needle felting, wet felting, spinning, blending, or carding.

Create your own 100g fibre packs by choosing 7 colours from our wide selection of Corriedale for only $7.00 - much less than at some other retailers.

Or for only $9.80 you can create a 100g fibre pack of 7 different colours of Merino.

Now you can experiment with new colours and fibre without breaking the bank.

Monday 6 October 2014

A new line of IC Needles

We are so excited to announce a new line of interchangeable circular needles!
These lightweight needles are ideal for new knitters as well as the more experienced hand. Each pair has its own unique luminescent colour for ease of identification and organization.

Fibre Detours carries both the Deluxe Set and Individual Needles from Knitter's Pride.

Individual Needles $4.60 - $7.60
  • Individual lustrous colours make each needle size easy to pair and identify by size
  • Lightweight, strong & durable acrylic material
  • Perfect points, flawlessly tapered &ndash ideal for all yarns and every project
  • Easy to connect cord with a smooth join that enables stitches to glide easily – no snag!
  • Resilient, flexible cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store.

  • A set of IC needles in the 8 of the most popular sizes, plus cords in a variety of lengths
  • Vinyl storage case provides easy portability
Included: IC needle sizes: 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 and 8.0mm (US 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11) in vinyl case with 4 cables (to make 24", 32", 40", 47" (60cm, 80 cm, 100cm and 120cm), with 8 end caps and 4 cord keys.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

In-Stock! The new Kiwi Super Flyer Kit!

It has a HUGE 1 1/8" (2.7 cm) orifice with free-flow yarn guides. The Super Bobbin has a 500gm capacity! And you get 3 of them! 

When you buy the Kiwi Super Flyer a Simple Tension Lazy Kate is included.
Available in Natural and Lacquered Finish.

How much does it cost?
Natural Finish: $250.00 CAD; Lacquered Finish: $319.00 CAD

Thursday 28 August 2014

Vacation times & Pricing changes

Hello Fibre Friends! I hope all of your projects are going well. 

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I was away helping my family out west for a few weeks. Believe it or not my parents still don't have a computer - thus no internet - making it challenging to stay in touch. And once I returned home I was ill for a while. Thankfully I'm beginning to feel better. However, it is just in time for me to disappear again though it is for a good reason - I'm going on a family vacation. It is a cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona with my husband and his parents.

This means starting on August 30th, 2014 through to September 17th, 2014 I will be away. Any order placed during the aforementioned time will be shipped upon my return. I will have limited access to the internet on the cruise so it may take me a few days to respond to any emails you might send.

In late September we will be adding a new line of Knitting Needles to our catalogue as well as some new yarns for both knitting and weaving. Also we will be adding some Specialty Kits to our catalogue which are exclusive to Fibre Detours.

As you know one of our goals is to provide our customers with great products at reasonable prices. That said many of our distributors are issuing price increases to take effect on September 1st, 2014. But since I will be away I've opted to not increase any prices until after I return. In fact, our retail prices will remain as they are until October 1st, 2014!

After October 1st, the retail cost of many items will increase including the big ticket items like spinning wheels, drum carders, and looms, etc. Why am telling you this now? Well as a consumer I dislike when I've been thinking of / or saving for a big ticket item only to find out that the price went up without any notice. 

Should have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.
Take care,

Tuesday 24 June 2014

NEW Fibres from Ashford Wheels & Looms

There are two new stunningly luxurious fibres 
from Ashford Wheels & Looms! 
And The Fibre Detours Boutique is selling them right now!

100% White Baby Alpaca 
Silk, Alpaca, Fine Merino Blend.

100% White Baby Alpaca (21.5 micron)

Silk, Alpaca, & Fine Merino Blend

100% White Baby Alpaca (21.5 micron):  Baby Alpaca Fibre is extremely soft, sensuous, and supple. To say that this fibre is luxurious is not good enough. 
The fibre is slippery, contains drape, and has very little elasticity. This is a fibre that can do it all: Blend, Dye, Felt, and Spin.

What is the difference between Alpaca and Baby Aplaca? Baby Alpaca is always the first shearing, while all other shearings are simply called Alpaca. The first shearing is the preferred shearing for many since it is finer and softer than the later shearing.
Sold in multiples of 3.5oz (100g) for $17.00 CAD.   That's $4.85 per ounce.

20% Silk, 30% Alpaca, & 50% Fine Merino (19 micron) Blend: This blend is sumptuous, extremely soft, and full of luster. All of the fibres work together creating items with good elasticity, nice drape, and they are very warm. 
Working with this blend is a dream! It is a great for dyeing, felting, and spinning.
Sold in multiples of 3.5oz (100g) for $17.50 CAD. That's $5.00 per ounce.

A hat for fun...

I wasn't feeling very well after vacuuming and cleaning my upstairs studio on Sunday afternoon. I tried to do some knitting to take my mind off the pain, etc. Unfortunately though knitting just wasn't cutting it.
While I put my knitting aside I saw the racing stripe yarn I made a few weeks ago. It is made from Purple Corriedale and Circus Northern Lights rovings. You can see the post here. The first thing that came to mind was HAT.

After I quickly determined the WPI (which was 8 WPI, making it a bulky yarn #5) I grabbed my 8mm crochet hook and began crocheting.

I decided I'd adapt a regular hat or toque pattern. You know the kind... Form a chain do 6 sc. in the centre; then double the number of sc.;  then add 6 sts every row evenly.

For my pattern I opted to change to an hdc after the first two rows to see more of the yarns colour. I worked in pattern (adding 6 sts every row) until I was able to cover my ears. For me this was 10 rows, so I had 72 sts. I didn't want to go too much wider because I wanted a slouchy hat not a beret.

So, I took it in by doing an hdc, then joining 2 hdc together every 5 sts finishing with an hdc. Still the edge wasn't tight enough but I didn't want the hat to get too much longer. I went back to the sc and worked 1sc followed by a join 2sts with a sc all the way round. It fit lovely. I gave it a finished edge of a sc round worked even.

As you can see my hat worked out beautifully!

This made the rest of my day feel much more manageable. I was so happy and proud of my work. I love doing little projects like this one to lift my spirits. 

Tuesday 17 June 2014

This scarf is called Ronbiais pattern C. It’s made with...

This scarf is called Ronbiais pattern C.

It’s made with Noro Silk Garden Lite. I’m using colour #2066 Lime, green, pink.

The yarn is fantastic to knit with and the colour blends are perfect. I’m making it on a set of Cubics from Knitter’s Pride. Both the yarn and needles are available from my online boutique.


NEW! Kiwi Super Flyer from Ashford Wheels & Looms

There's a NEW Kiwi Super Flyer 
from Ashford Wheels & Looms. 

It has a HUGE 1 1/8" (2.7 cm) orifice with free-flow yarn guides. The Super Bobbin has a 500gm capacity! And you get 3 of them! When you buy the Kiwi Super Flyer a Simple Tension Lazy Kate is included.
Available in Natural and Lacquered Finish.

How much does it cost?
Natural Finish: $250.00 CAD; Lacquered Finish: $319.00 CAD

Contact The Fibre Detours Boutique if you have any questions or if you would like to put a hold on a Kiwi Super Flyer.

Friday 13 June 2014

Spinning adventures♡ Instead of core spinning these 2 batts I...

Spinning adventures♡

Instead of core spinning these 2 batts I decided to makes singles. I wasn’t sure if I’d chain ply or something else. I opted for the something else. I’m going to ply them together. At least I’ll do a sample to see how it looks.

Thursday 12 June 2014

Playing with colours. I made a few small batts using a single...

Playing with colours.

I made a few small batts using a single ounce of red, blue, and yellow. I changed up the base colours the amounts blended and just had fun.

The exception is the purple and magenta batt made from some left over fibres.

Now I’m going to core spin each to see how they look.

Monday 9 June 2014

My relationship with socks

Ever since I was little I never liked to wear socks around the house. I don't regularly wear slippers either.  Maybe this is why I never really tried to master knitting socks.
I've attempted a few and only finished a single pair of sock. I like the socks. I even wear them, but I found them difficult to make. They aren't the same size, though I thought I had taken proper notes and followed them. I tried them on as I went yet still something went wrong. The pattern was top down using a thicker sock yarn (i.e., using 4mm needles). Using the same pattern I tried to make another pair, but those turned out horrible!
Now that the boutique is carrying great sock yarns I thought I'd try again. I went looking online for a new sock pattern. I found this one via my search on Ravelry. The pattern is called Mary's Sock KAL. The yarn I picked is called Purple, Burgandy, Green #309 Footsie by Diamond Select.
They are toe-up socks made two at a time. They were easy to make. I had no worries about different sock sizes since I was making them both at the same time.The pattern is so easy to follow I'm sure that once I'm comfortable with making them I'll be able to switch up the stocking stitch to another pattern easily.
I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to knit a pair of socks!
I've had them on since I finished them last night - and I still love them. I've now converted to someone who wears handmade socks - all the time.
I'm beginning a second pair today...That is after I pick which yarn I want to make them with. I think I might try Parrots - Hachito Sock Yarn by Mirasol. What do you think? image

Thursday 29 May 2014

I’m working on a pair of socks for myself. They are...

I’m working on a pair of socks for myself. They are toe-up, two at a time using the magic loop method, and from a single ball.

I’ve struggled with making socks before. They were all top-down. But using a toe-up pattern is much much easier. I feel like I have more control of how the sock fits than when they are made the other way.

The sock yarn is from Diamond Select called Footsie. I really like the pattern the yarn is forming. You can buy the yarn from the Boutique.


Monday 26 May 2014

I try to spin at least four times a week even if it is only for...

I try to spin at least four times a week even if it is only for 30 minutes at a time. I find if I spin for two hours once a week I’m less consistent with my yarn making.

It’s similar to learning an instrument and having a good practice schedule.

The yarn I’m making will be a two ply woolen Merino. The colour is lavender.

Wednesday 21 May 2014

This afternoon I’m plying. This is the hand-dyed Merino...

This afternoon I’m plying. This is the hand-dyed Merino roving called Nube from Malibrigo. Its available to buy on the Boutique’s site.


Knitting Yarns & Sales at The Fibre Detours Boutique

New Inventory
Spinning Wheels, Spindles, & Accessories
Fibre Preparation Tools
Felting Tools & Fibre Packs
Natural & Luxury Fibres
Dyed Fibre: Roving & Top
Weaving Looms & Accessories
Weaving Yarns
Knitter's Pride Needles, Hooks, & Sets
Knitting Yarns
New Inventory  Spinning Wheels and Accessories   Spindle & Spinning Accessories Fibre PreparationWeaving Looms & Accessories    Dyed Roving & Top   Alpaca & Merino Blend 4oz   Silk & Merino Blend 4ozFelting Tools & Fibre Packs   Specialty Knitting Sets  Yarns  Knitting Yarns

Supplies for all your fibre art journeys!

Great news for our fibre friends who love to crochet and knit. We have added new Yarns to our catalogue, including Aran, Double Knitting, Fancy, Worsted Weight, and - of course-  Sock yarns. They are from leading yarn makers like Katia, Noro, Mirasol, along with yarns from the Diamond Select and Diamond Luxury Collections. Those in the Diamond Collections may be lesser known but they are high quality yarns.
 80% Hand Dyed Merino Superwash Wool & 20% Polyamide
50g Hank / 175m
$ 8.95
50% Baby Llama, 40% Fine Merino Wool, & 10% Angora
50g Ball / 100m

75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
100g Ball / 420m
75% Superwash Wool & 25% Nylon
100g Ball / 420m

45% Silk, 45% Mohair, & 10% Lambswool
50g Ball / 125m

70% Merino Wool, 15% Mohair, 15% Superfine Alpaca
50g Ball/ 100m


We have brought in a few different colours from each of the above collections as a start.
We will be bringing more yarns in the coming weeks and months.

All of the knitting yarns we had in-stock previously, are on sale for 20% off regular price. 

Father's Day is quickly approaching so keep an eye out for our Father's Day promo-code along with other goodies we are developing in the coming weeks.

I hope you'll visit the online boutique and check out all the Spinning, Weaving, Crochet Hooks, Knitting Needles, Yarns, and Fibre products we carry.
Don't forget you don't pay any taxes & all orders over $100 ship for Free!

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