Yospun Yarn can be found at Fringe in all of it's different shapes and colors. Yospun is a Colorado made product. Locally Spun in Salida in fact... by Me, Matney Warner.
I pitch this yarn because it's truly something that comes from my heart and it's presence will continue to grow under this rooftop, so naturally I want you to know as much about it as possible.
When you come into Fringe you will find an array of textures and color, all hand-dyed in my home and hand-spun by me on my wheel, I provide 18 patterns on my separate website www.yospun.etsy.com, but if you come in to talk about the yarn I can teach you to use it in about 100 different ways including in my super famous knit snow bunny beanie with a pom....I will even teach you how to create the beanie, this is a project that allllll love.
I take custom orders of course and ship worldwide and if you are a visitor and just passing through I also do 24 hour spinning for you to take with you at the fastest pace possible, so you have something to work on while someone else does the driving on your road trip.
Below you will find an amazing little interview taken by a great writer for my Etsy Feature, written in 2016.....enjoy and see you soon!
Featured Shop: YOSPUN
Feb 29, 2016
• by Aleksa Brown
"What I really love to do is make yarn. That’s my passion,” says Matney Warner, the Colorado-based small business owner and creative mind behind YOSPUN. And with her impressive assortment of one-of-a-kind yarn, original knitting patterns, and finished goods, it’s easy to see that she takes this passion very seriously.
We got in touch to learn more.
When did you start knitting?
It was probably 12-15 years ago, before everything was about the internet and social media. I was reading a Country Living magazine article about knitting and how it was trending, and I became determined to teach myself. I put it down a few times along the way, but it kept speaking to me; eventually, I learned. After that, I became obsessed with yarn, and then obsessed with hand-spun yarn. That led me to learn spinning.
How did you learn to spin?
About 10 years ago, I was working at a nonprofit yarn shop and making accessories for my first little business, YOKNITS. One day, someone showed me a tiny blurb for spinning lessons in the back of a magazine and said, ‘You should check this out.’ So I called, and this woman began teaching me and took me under her wing. I probably shocked her a little bit when I brought this wild art-yarn book to our first meeting — she was a very conservative spinner — but the first time we sat down at the wheel, I kind of just knew how to do it. We ended up working together for a few months, and in the process built this really sweet friendship. It was a wonderful experience. From there, spinning grew into a passion – something I never stop thinking about, something I do every day.
What is the process like for making the yarn that’s in your shop? Can you tell me a little bit about your spinning wheel? It sounds so magical.
Yes! People — especially children — are always super intrigued by the spinning wheel. Mine is a really modern, two-treadle spinning wheel. When I make my yarn, I’ll have all my wool (that I’ve dyed in my little studio) here in a basket next to me. I’ll feed it through the spinning wheel, pulling the fibers in a rhythmic motion. Even though it’s hand-spun, I try to keep the fiber pretty consistent, so that knitters and crocheters can both work with it.
Do people ever send you photos of their finished items? What types of things do people make with your yarn?
A lot of my customers are making truly one-of-a-kind items with my yarn. I’ve seen some really creative scarves, a lot of accessories, shawls, and baby items like hats and blankets — all kinds of things! My customers aren’t necessarily looking for something they can produce over and over again, which is good, since there are often batches of yarn I create that I can’t recreate again exactly. That will always be part of YOSPUN, and I love that.
Do you do custom work as well?
I do – any time someone writes me with a custom request, the answer is always yes. Working on custom orders has definitely given me insight on where to take the yarn.
When you say custom – what types of requests do you get?
You know, I just made this amazing boho shawl for a wedding. The woman wanted feathers sewn on, which I’m not super familiar with. It was semi-experimental; it’s all white, and I was kind of nervous about that, but it worked and it was beautiful. Those kinds of things open up new possibilities, like: What if I had a wedding section?
It’s amazing to think of that possibility. So unexpected!
You know, there’s something to that. I’ve never really known where YOSPUN was going to go. It changes so much, so frequently. Sometimes I look at it and I’m like, ‘Maybe I’ll have scarves in Lord of the Rings someday.’ You just don’t know what’s going to happen.
What types of things inspire you?
I’m super inspired by the mountains here in Colorado. Outside of that, I love winter fashion and fashion in general. That’s a big one for me – watching the world’s fashion change and evolve. As far as fiber goes, I’m really inspired by the rhythm of the spinning wheel, and how it feels when I’m spinning — so meditative and relaxing. It’s such a gift.
How has your yarn – or your spinning practice – evolved since you started?
It’s funny, because I feel like I’ve just reached this point in the last couple of months where I know what I’m doing. I have a lot of people who look to me for support now, and I always have an answer for them. It feels so good to be like, ‘I totally know how to do that.’ Or, ‘Yes, I know how to fix that.’ My spinning has also changed a lot, and my color preferences are so different from when I started. I used to be into this artistic put-everything-into-your-yarn type of thing; if it sparkles, then the more sparkle the better. Now I’m like, the more natural, the better.
What are some of your goals for the future?
I would really love to have a studio or a brick-and-mortar setting that’s separate from my home. I hope that will happen someday; that’s what I’m working toward now, more than anything. I really have no plan other than just to see what evolves, because I’m so curious at this point. It’s something that I’m going to do every day; it’s in my heart, so where is it going to go, you know?
Maker and process photos by John Conrad and Chad Neufeld.
My father was a pilot for an important and central part of his young life. He served in the Army and also flew commercial aircraft at one point, all before settling and building a family with my mom. Maybe it goes similarly with all pilots, that although he is no longer flying something he continues to pilot his life like a pilot and in his case, also his Art.
He designs and builds the beautiful propellers that you can see in the gallery/gift portion of Fringe.
He is famous for me in many ways and in the minds of his other children as well, due to the fact that he leads kind of like a warrior with an extreme amount masculine energy, but rationalizes with a certain amount of humble humility through the many lessons in his life . He is also famous for his passive yet completely accurate moments with parental advice via historical sayings.
I hold many reoccurring memories of things he has said for the past 30 years like "History repeats itself", "You like to learn the hard way" , "There's only one way to solve a math problem", "Leave the boys alone", and one of my favorite which he loves so much himself that as an adolescent he once carved each letter into a clay cup project he completed in school.. " Wherever you go, there you are".
I think that these sayings are all representative of different eras and decades survived by his generation and so for some reason when I look at the new vintage collection at Fringe, I immediately think of my father and all of the things he must have seen during the times that these beauties were being produced on American soil, with one of a kind, strong as nails fiber and absolutely stunning, timeless dyes. Aside from all of the basic information that stares you in the face when you see a product like this, there are the things you don't necessarily know unless you yourself are a collector. Some of the pieces are so rare and so well priced that the buyer is practically getting away with stealing. That is just a glimpse of how lucky we are to have them here for our ogling, feeling and creating.
Please come see them and get started on anything your little heart can dream up. They make incredible bags, skirts, blouses, I have a pretty healthy clientele that drives from the city to pick through these beauties, so don't let them slip away, for you will never see the same piece again.
See you Soon!
Vintage Aprons made from these original Textiles are also hanging out at Fringe. For all your cute and clean chores...or your shift at the Espresso house.
Cupcake Soap and more gifts are blowing in the door on the warm breeze of a late Winter....
Spicing it up at Fringe, with Vintage Men's Ties... beautifully handmade baby wear and a few of our favorite things.
Unique Postcards from Japan...here in the store as of 11/21/16
Many of you are familiar with the work of Sage Ryen ...and now we have a beautiful selection of locally made jewelry by Sage.
Terra Tokens is what Sage calls her business and she lives by the belief that jewelry is an expression of who we are, how we feel, and what is important to us.
Made from solid brass materials, combined with natural gemstones, vintage elements and Swarovski crystal. Many of the components are hand-painted with an ink designed for metal. Often heat treated color is bonded to metal, like enamel.
Sage is Wildly Creative and incorporates symbolism into her work.
Please come see and enjoy.
(See Image Above and to the right)
Fringe is now carrying OLA stitch in the gift area of our little shop. OLA is run by Salida local Aleksandra Sineath whom specializes in creating amazing hand-sewn clothing (truly adorable dress jumpsuits and skirts that I practically shreak over every time I see). Witty, Dainty, Precious and above and beyond all things "Consciousness", these are just a few words that describe the quality of her work and the time that goes into her textile choices from fine linen to organic cotton. OLA is both candy for your eye and the nature of your soul. Come see our selection of beautiful handmade items by our very own Local Artist.
Follow Alex on Facebook through OLA Stitch and write her for your own inquires at: email@example.com
We've create our own version of the Gym City Shorts with the free pattern by Connie's Thread, for Purl Soho...but of course we used our very own fashionable flare, using Amy Butler's Hapi-Trapeze in Charcoal and Olivia linen textured fabric in Blue.We have a massive array of potential variety for this project and The link is below.... aaand we suggest you make 10 cute pairs of these perfect shorts for your very own hot, hot, heat wave of summer wardrobe. They also look great in the rain ;) See you soon.
So often a quilter or seamstress will have a stack of fabric for me to cut and as we begin to talk, these wild "fabrications" of emotion and story start to unfold about why the prints and colors have been chosen for the projects in mind. I love these moments, they make my day fly by and also they bring context and depth to what I do as a retailer. Things feel "brighter" with color. So these experiences bring up the question of:
How do we choose color for our projects?
If I were to answer this without really going into it, I would say it's all done with the eye...but as we know...that is just too simple and really it just starts with the eye and from there it leads to a deeper place that is often intertwined with bigger ideas like what we've been taught as children, the stories and songs we've learned, relationships we've had, and of course our interpretation of what emotions surface with our viewing of color. There is a certain nostalgia that naturally exists.
It's needless to say that some of us don't use the triggers of nostalgia to shop for fabric color. It takes a deep mix of many different personalities to make our world spin and so there is a calling for general support in making the experience easy with kits, collections, texture, patterns, and above and beyond all things .....guidance.
One thing I love to provide for my customers is the "Nostalgic Eye" this is something I will lend to you any any any time you need it...just ask. I will see you soon at Fringe in Salida, Colorado and we will begin our journey together in combining your story with the colors you are searching for.