EnchantedForestFiber

Enchanted Forest Fibers

Tveit, Norway On Etsy since 2016

EnchantedForestFiber

Enchanted Forest Fibers

Tveit, Norway | 309 Sales

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Note from shop owner Hi Everyone!

I’m making some changes. In the meantime, please check my site, www.enchantedforestfibers.com

Love to all!

Karen

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 27, 2019

Hi Everyone!

I’m making some changes. In the meantime, please check my site, www.enchantedforestfibers.com

Love to all!

Karen

Karen Walthinsen

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Karen Walthinsen

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About EnchantedForestFiber

Sales 309
On Etsy since 2016

Dyeing and Designing in my own Enchanted Forest

Honestly, I never thought I would become a dyer. I loved knitting and thought dyeing was something I would leave to the experts. Then a friend in fiber encouraged me to try natural dyeing. It involved some patience. First I had to forage for the materials and then, with the materials I found, there was a lengthy process of several weeks of waiting for the dye bath to develop.

After some initial tries with random lengths of mordanted yarn, I dove in. Did I make it simple for myself? No, of course not. I wanted to create something unique. There is quite a community of natural dyers in Scandinavia, but they are all getting solid colors. Mind you, solid colors have their place, but I wanted to try something different. So, I attempted dyeing a single skein with several different dye baths simultaneously. I did this in the evening and left it outside to cool over night. When I lifted the lid of that pot, I was met with overwhelming disappointment. Gray! Still, trying to keep hope alive, I took it to the sink and rinsed it. What emerged was the most amazing variegated skein - multi-colored in the most homogenous way imaginable. I was hooked.

I still do as much natural dyeing as possible, but it is time consuming and impossible for me to do at high volume. So, the more instant gratification of protein dyeing has been added to my repertoire. Even there, I like to experiment with my own techniques. The results are sometimes impossible to recreate, resulting in one-of-a-kind skeins. Other methods are a little easier to reproduce and I try to dye up at least 3 of the same color way simultaneously and keep tabs on how it was done for the future.

Mine is a small scale operation, but it gives me much joy and I hope I can spread that joy with YOU!

*****

Designing is something that I only started a few years ago. My then 2-year-old found a package of car buttons in my sewing room and he asked for a hat. For such a little guy, he was very specific about what he wanted. He described a hat with a road, sky and a sun. The result was my very first design, the "On the Road Hat". He wears it to this day. This was quickly followed by a girl's hat "Flower Power". Both will become part of a larger collection as time permits. I have many designs in the works. Stay tuned...

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  • Karen Walthinsen

    Owner

    Musician by "day" and fiber addict by night. My fiber journey began at the age of 5 when I learned to crochet. I began sewing garments at age 12 and my love affair with knitting began at the age of 15 when I spend a summer visiting family in Norway.

Production partners

  • wool mill

    United Kingdom

    They provide undyed yarn. Their sources are UK, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. Their wool is mulesing free.

  • Needle manufacturer

    Norway

    This partner supplies me with knitting needles.

  • Needle manufacturer

    Denmark

    They supply me with knitting needles.

  • Naasknits

    Ålesund, Norway

    Pattern designer.

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More information

Last updated on Mar 19, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Please contact me if you are interested in a custom dyeing order.

Returns

I do my best to capture the color of my yarns in the photos provided, but please keep in mind that monitors vary.

If you are unhappy with your yarn, please contact me for a solution. I do accept returns as long as the yarn is in original condition (still in skein form and not in contact with pets).

Needles may be returned if they are flawed, but must be in original condition and in original packaging.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Available on request. Please contact me with your thoughts.

Packages can sometimes also be shipped at lower rates if you do not mind the yarn coming in hank form with as much air squeezed out of the package as possible. Norwegian postal fees are not only based on weight, but also on package thickness. Please contact me regarding whether or not this is possible with your order.

Care instructions

Hand-knit garments always have a longer life if cared for with love. For best results, hand wash your garments. Although I try my best to insure that my yarns do not bleed, there is always a slight possibility that they will for the first few washings, especially the stronger colors.

Naturally dyed yarn should always be hand-washed with pH-neutral liquid wool detergent. It can also be influenced by the pH of the water in which it is washed, so if your water is different from mine, there may be a small reaction. There is also a chance of fading over extended periods in direct sunlight - but we are talking months and years instead of minutes and hours.

Needle/Notion stock

If you are interested in something specific and don't see it in my shop, please do not hesitate to ask. Just keep in mind it might take some time for me to receive it from my distributors.