The goal of Fiberista Club is simple: connect knitting, crochet, and spinning enthusiasts to great materials they can use within their craft.
In our opinion, fiber artists spend too much time 1) acquiring the skills needed to be competent in their craft, and 2) putting their talents to good use during the process of creating finish products.
Too much time, that is, to utilize inferior or sub-par materials.
We believe in hunting down the best-of-the-best roving, yarn, and tools in order to both enjoy the process of creation to its full potential, as well as have a long-lasting finished garment that was worth the time you invested to construct it.
We're also here to educate. Knitting is more than what you find at a commercial big-box craft store. It goes beyond a scratchy wool or an engineered acrylic. Unfortunately, while the appropriate skills have been passed down well enough through the collective human experience, we've been pulled from our roots in regards to production and fiber knowledge. We hope to fill this gap.
Both of yarn and spinning clubs are painstakingly curated each month to feature a new fiber or fiber blend, as well as promote a yarn company we feel is doing something amazing for collective good of our art as a whole.
So what's good for the collective? Well, to us it means respecting the process of cultivating a yarn as much as the process of using it in its final form: this includes everything from animal or plant raising, fiber processing, spinning, and dyeing.
Unfortunately, in our post-Industrial modern era, respecting the process usually means more human hands are involved in manufacturing, which drives up costs to the consumer significantly.
Our clubs aim to make the investment more reasonable, allowing more knitters, crocheters, and spinners the opportunity to work with a spectrum of fiber while still making it feasible for their budget.
Hunter first learned how to knit in 2007 as a coping mechanism to the anxiety he felt when flying, which was an almost weekly necessity for his career as a professional ballroom dancer.
For years he mostly created scarves, but was addicted enough to schedule a visit to a local yarn store in whatever US city he found himself in for the weekend.
After an injury permanently booted him from the dance floor, Hunter relied on knitting to keep his spirits up as he navigated the realities of his injury and the abrupt end it caused his career.
Gradually, knitting replaced the dancing as his creative outlet, and a manically passionate fiber artist was born.
Hunter functions as the fiber director for Fiberista Club, making yarn base decisions, designing patterns, as well as taking care of the club's photography and graphic design needs.