The new Campfire Knits is here!

The first chapter in Campfire Knits’ book has come to a close. I’m not going anywhere, but it’s time to make some changes so that my business more accurately reflects my personal values. In short, here’s what's new:

  • new yarn bases (all my previous yarn bases have been discontinued)

  • new heavy metal-free dyes

  • new recycled (and recyclable!) packaging, stickers, labels, and more.

Read on to learn about the details!

THE YARN

Starting in January 2021, I have an entirely new collection of yarn bases, and have discontinued all bases I’ve used in the past. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. When Covid hit, the supply chains for yarn became strapped. My previous supplier was a popular one, and many of their bases would go out of stock moments after they were replenished online. It was a challenge, and seemed to be the perfect opportunity to explore new options.

  2. I want to support more local businesses. My new provider is located in Maine, milling all of their yarns on-site. They maintain the ethical and non-mulesing practices that are of the utmost importance to me in selecting my fibers, and they’re a family-owned operation.

  3. I want to differentiate! With so many independent dyers purchasing from a handful of major suppliers, there was a lot of similarities in the market. I’m so excited to introduce these new bases and see what sorts of items you all create with them.

SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE ARE THE NEW BASES:

  • Cottage, a fingering/sock weight yarn that’s 90% superwash wool and 10% nylon for some added strength. Between the four plies and its sturdy wool content, this has both fantastic drape and displays stitch texture and definition like a champ. 435yd/100g.

  • Cabin, a light worsted/DK weight made from 100% superwash wool. You can make the same types of garments and items as my previous Bonfire base, but with some added durability. 248yd/100g.

  • Cozy, a winter-exclusive base, is the squishiest, springiest bulky yarn I’ve yet to find. It’s perfect for quick gifts, or a self-indulgent speedy sweater. 100% superwash wool, 92yd/100g.

  • Breeze, a summer-only base, is a drapey, luxurious DK weight. At 65% superwash wool and 35% bamboo, it takes dyes up differently than yarns with 100% animal fibers. This yarn is perfect for quick summer shawls that you can toss into your beach bag as a cover-up, or to keep your shoulders toasty in the evenings. 246yd/100g

THE DYES

Prior to 2021, I used acid dyes like most independent dyers. There’s nothing wrong with using these dyes, as long as folks are responsible in application, rinsing, clean-up, color exhausting, etc. However, I’ve just had a “gut feeling” for the last year or so that these types of dyes just don’t align with who I am. In my personal life, I spend (maybe too much) time researching companies I buy from, where they source their materials, etc. And while I do very much enjoy the company I bought my dyes from, I thought there might be something that made me feel a bit better. Of course there’s always plant-based and natural dyes, but that also wouldn’t give me the type of looks I love to create.

That’s when I found dyes that are produced by a company in Connecticut, which are free of heavy metals and are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 compliant. They manage to maintain these standards and have super vibrant colors. Which means you’ll be bringing home a product that’s just as beautiful, but is created with more environmentally-friendly processes in mind that require fewer steps to treat the water and fibers.

THE PACKAGING

While I’ve been using recycled/reusable mailing envelopes and business cards for a long time, I knew there was more I could do. I’m committing to sustainable packaging by providing the following:

  • Recycled/recyclable envelopes that can be used a second time.

  • Recycled/recyclable mailing stickers, with backing material that can also be recycled.

    • Side note: did you know that most sticker backings can’t be recycled??

  • Recycled/recyclable tissue paper to pack shipments.

  • Recycled/recyclable logo stickers.

  • Recycled/recyclable hang tags on each hank of yarn.

 

I’M SO EXCITED TO BEGIN NEXT CHAPTER OF CAMPFIRE KNITS WITH YOU!