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About AStarIsShorn

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How to fall into fiber in one easy lesson:

I've been knitting since I was 12, so the next logical step was to learn about fiber and how it becomes yarn. To that end, I went to my first fiber festival in 2004 and discovered the wonders of natural fiber and clunky spindles; I met a lot of wonderful fiber folk and ended up gradually shifting from my first clunky spindle to an Ashford spinning wheel found on Ebay.

Little did I know that spinning would eventually lead to carding my own blends, and then to dyeing my own fiber, and then to opening a shop. Which is exactly what happened in January of 2016. I've been learning a lot about which types of fiber prefer which methods of dyeing, and how to dye a gradient that looks like a gradient, and how the drum carder can fix quite a few problems. I've learned that the oven is very useful for dyeing, and that the sun and wind are valuable allies in getting fiber dry and fluffy after a nice turn in the oven. I've also learned that primary colors can break in the dye pot, and that this can produce all kinds of interesting results. I've also made a lot friends with fiber folks all over the place, all of whom are very generous with their knowledge and technical expertise.

I also didn't know that moving from West Virginia, which is where I spent most of my life, to Vermont would foster my passion for fiber and for exploring creativity. Nor did I have any idea that Vermont is home to enough cashmere goats that there's a Cashmere Goat Farmers' Association. O.o Fiber is everywhere in my new home, including all over my person. My husband is wonderfully supportive and helpful--and tall, which means he can hang things out of reach of the ever curious (and helpful) Sales Kitties who are in charge of quality control.

Shop members

  • Ilana


    Dye Faerie, spinner, knitter, shipper, and stay at home mom to four cats and a hedgehog. I wear a lot of different hats and enjoy them all. :)

  • Dumpling

    Senior Sales Kitty

    Dumpling keeps us all in line and makes sure we do what we're supposed to do. She's quite a pepper, so we mind our P's and Q's.

  • Hobbes and Nebula

    Junior Sales Kitties

    Faithful little fuzzy assistants and quality control. If it doesn't pass muster with these guys, it's just not good enough.

  • Odysseus

    Customer Service Cat

    Customer Service Cat, at your service!

Production partners

  • Becky Greene

    Bellevue, WA

    Pattern designer, library buddy, and font of wisdom on all manner of subjects.

  • Green Mountain Spinnery

    Putney, VT

    Local wool mill and yarn producer that uses American-grown wool to create yarn ranging from fingering weight to bulky, both dyed and bare. I use their bare yarn as the base for most of the yarn I dye.

  • Magical Monk Bags

    Cherokee, NC

    My good friend Mari over at Magical Monk Bags made these bags exclusively for us with the Starsheep logo. She sewed the bags and then machine embroidered the logo I designed.

  • Owlchick's Nest

    NH, United States

    Pattern design!

  • A woolen mill

    England, United Kingdom

    I don't have the resources to process and blend large amounts of fiber, so having access to a woolen mill is invaluable for creating unique blends.

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Last updated on April 29, 2022

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I now accept both Paypal and direct checkout. Vermont customers will be charged 6% sales tax.


Shipping within the United States will be either via USPS Parcel Post or Priority, depending on the weight of the package. Shipping to destinations outside the US will be done as economically as possible; customers outside the US will also be responsible for VAT and/or any customs-related fees.

Additional policies and FAQs

Custom Order Policy:
Minimum order for spinning fiber - 4 oz
Minimum order for yarn - 1 skein

The customer will be sent pictures of the completed item for their approval prior to said item being listed for sale and reserved specifically for that person. Should the completed item not meet with their approval, the customer may request one do-over. If the do-over still doesn't meet their expectations, I'm more than happy to recommend other dyers whose work might be more to the customer's taste.

If you'd prefer your yarn not to be soaked in scented Soak, please indicate this in the Notes section when you place your order.