A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

What we mean when we say those quirky things...

We have a little saying at Why Knot Fibers…relationships over transactions.  It’s an interesting take on this industry we work in.  We want to produce an amazing product that will make someone happy in their journey of making.  We want to source that product ethically and with as little impact as we can to our beautiful world.  We want our studio to be a place of inspiration and fancy that helps us create colors that inspire the crochet and knitting and weaving..and whatever fiber community that they inspire.
This might make it sound like we have a great big processing facility.  The reality is that the business is basically me, Kat Eldred, and my superstar business partner, Claire Cabrera (whom my husband calls my yarn spouse).   We have spectacular helpers in our lives (Christina, Julie, Steve, Marco, Jeanne, Ellen, Maggie…just to name a few in the helper/bar back/booth babe/tie breaker/”support” staff/visionary makers/sample knitter categories….).  However, when it’s decision time, Claire and I are the ones to sweat and to decide.  We LOVE what we do and how we do it.  This little phrase has shaped many of our decisions including how fast we grow and how far we travel.  We value the relationships with our families first of all.  Our spouses are fantastic helpmates that keep us upright when we are falling down and lend an ear when we just need to vent.  We strive to leave enough time to be able to experience these rapidly evolving stages our kiddos are running through at light speed.  Expanding out from that, we work with several farmers and shearers that are in direct contact with the health and care of each animal that produces the fiber we use.  We ask their opinion, and value it in our decision making process.  We source our dye from an environmentally aware company (Greener shades dyes if you’re wondering) to try and reduce the impact of what we do.  We also gather and grow those of our dyes that we can to further decrease the travel needed to create our products. We also view the stores and mills we work with as part of our team.   We do our best to cater to their needs and support them as they are supporting us. We have several that we would literally bend over backwards for, and they us. 
Each of these things started with a small conversation and a common goal.  Each of these relationships are what our business is built on.  We could not do this without all of the people in our lives actively providing materials, support, and friendship.
I know that some people say “a picture says a thousand words,” but I wanted to get a few words in as well :)
Please feast your eyes on this visual representation of what we mean when we say both “relationships over transactions”  and “community over competition.”

These 2 pieces represent the hard work of not only myself and Claire, but also the farmers at Iron Wheel Farm, Pam Hickey, a multitude of alpaca farmers that work with The Alpaca Barbers, Stonehedge Fiber Mill, Hoof-to-Hanger Fiber Mill, Jeanne Long of Kokoro patterns, Michelle Stead of Crafty Flutterby Creations, and Gretchen Palmer of Spinner Ceramics.

(Shrug is Sepal by Kokoro Patterns, yarn is Smitten DK in Ripple, and shawl pin is hand-made by Crafty Flutterby Creations with custom bead by Spinner Ceramics)

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