Monday, August 17, 2009

Who's Sari Now? Awesome fiber from Nepal

Okay, so we already loved Vermont for bringing us Ben & Jerry's ice cream, right? Now, here's another reason to dig Vermonters, namely Konstantine and Stephanie Shiman. They're the husband and wife team that make up Frabjous Fibers. Frabjous is a mash-up, invented word, combining fabulous and joyful, which is how they insist you'll feel when you use their yarns, which are made by women's cooperatives in Nepal who use recycled sari silk to create both ready-to-knit fibers and stuff you can spin yourself.

The shop just got in a big shipment of Frabjous, which, as you can see from the photos, is just gorgeous. I've actually made a big shawl and a lap blanket from recycled silk and I can't even tell you how many compliments I've gotten on these. It's pretty big so, added bonus, it knits up really quick. And the colors are just stunning. Plus Frabjous also imports very cute felted bags and needle cases, which just happen to be extremely affordable.

Besides how good the stuff feels running through your fingers (and later, wearing) you get additional feel good opportunities by using it. The company works to create safe, reliable, decent paying work for the Nepalese women and they donate a portion of their profits to educational programs in Nepal. In short, you should feel obligated to treat yourself to a whole bunch, right? Because it's a way to be happy and help others be happy, too.

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