About Me

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Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Chandi, the owner and founder of Expression Fiber Arts®, where we offer heart-crushingly gorgeous, hand-dyed luxury yarn.

how to knit these scrunchable knitted leg warmers / boot toppers pattern
While reading my posts, I hope you’ll find:

1. Inspiration.

I’m all about knitting, crocheting, spinning yarn, dyeing yarn and wool and other such fibery goodness. One of the pleasures of the art is looking through others’ projects and patterns and color selections and ideas. I share my insights here. 
If I find something I think you’ll enjoy, I post it.

2. Encouragement.

I don’t just talk about yarn. I went through a divorce in 2010 and started life afresh. It was scary being alone and took a great deal of faith to stitch my life back together. It took courage. And faith. Hope. Daily positivity.
I’m thrilled to say I’m now married to my dreamboat and we work side by side everyday creating new and exciting ideas for Expression Fiber Arts®. It’s a dream come true.

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3. My Projects.

This is a given. I’ll tell you all the details about my yarn projects.

•I’ve crocheted since I was 9 and find it quick, easy to do, easy to teach and great if you like instant gratification. I like this when I’m wanting to whip out a project quickly.

crocheted finished object chevron lace cardigan

•I’ve knitted since I was 27. I like the fabrics I can produce with knitting and its many options. I create knitting projects when I’m wanting a little more of a mental or time challenge or want to feel “smart.” Knitting makes me feel quite clever indeed. This craft escaped me for years. I tried and failed. Tried and failed. Until one day I set my mind to learning. I scoured YouTube, books and Ravelry.com until I learned how to knit. It can be done!

dragon watcher's knitted hood pattern

•Spinning.
I have a gorgeous Lendrum Saxony 28″ spinning wheel. Glorious!! She’s my baby. I toted her all the way across the US and Canada in the middle of winter, through 40 BELOW zero weather much of the way, taking her into the hotel rooms each night, piece by piece so the cold didn’t warp her. (Didn’t want to risk it!). Once moved to Alaska, I spent months staining, sanding, oiling and waxing her. And she’s beautiful. I learned to spin a few years ago (after learning to knit) and I find it incredibly meditative and relaxing. Almost hypnotic. You don’t have to count. You don’t have to think. You just… lose yourself in time.

A question I get asked a lot is: “Don’t you know they sell yarn at Wal-Mart?” My response is always: “Not THIS yarn.”  Nobody else in the world has the yarn I create on my wheel. It’s mine. It’s a finished project all in itself and is truly an amazing creative experience. I highly recommend it. If you wish to spin but are unsure of how to start, you can always buy spindles relatively cheaply and start that way.

•Dyeing.
I dye yarn and roving for my business and for pleasure. I’ve been doing that for years and it’s one of my favorite things ever. Instant gratification and I get to play with color. Need I say more?

•Weaving
I’ve recently discovered weaving and I have to say, it’s a blast. Projects work up so quickly and so beautifully. I highly recommend you give weaving a try! I own a 15” Cricket Loom and a 25” Schacht Flip.

tutorial how to gradient dyeing

4. Store Announcements.

I offer my wares on my shopping site. So I’ll post my yarn shop news on this blog as appropriate.
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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog!

I truly hope that you enjoy reading it; that it inspires you to carve some time out to learn to knit or crochet, or to do so more if you already know how. And that it simply brightens your day and brings some joy into your life.

I love comments, so feel free to comment on any of my posts and share your projects, ideas, thoughts and inspirations.

Stay in touch!

~Chandi

114 Comments

  1. Sarah Modrell July 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your site!!!! I found it while looking for crochet patterns through CPC. I saw that you do your own spinning & dying of yarn….HOW did you get started doing this???? I’ve never heard of this and it sounds amazing/relaxing/so fun to learn! PLEASE SHARE! Sounds like something right up my alley!!!
    Thanks again – love your work! Have a great day!
    Sarah

    • Chandi July 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sarah! Oh, thank you so much!

      My heart is just bursting with glee from your compliments!

      I am just a self-taught spinner and dyer… I hope to start doing tutorials soon for these things. Let me know if that would be something you’d be interested in and I’d love to get going on it. In fact, I’m currently working on a spinning video now.

      To get started spinning, you can either use a spindle or a wheel. I prefer the speed of a wheel, but some like the portability of a spindle. I bought a wheel at my local yarn shop, beginning with a Majacraft Pioneer and now I have my dream wheel, a Lendrum Saxony 28″. I’d recommend a medium to longer staple length wool like BFL (Blue faced leicester) or Corriedale or even Merino wool to start, as really short staple lengths are difficult at first and you might get frustrated. And just practice, practice!! You’ll find that the longer you spin, the thinner your yarn will probably become, as well as more even.

      As far as dyeing, I stick with animal fibers mainly, mostly wool. You can use koolade, Wilton cake dyes, or actual yarn dyes, sold through many online yarn shops.

      I would recommend looking on Youtube for tutorials as there is much info there! That’s how I learned and then I just began playing around.

      Thank you again for your kind words! I appreciate it so much!

      ~Chandi

    • Andree June 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      I absolutely love your site. Thank you for sharing your creativity, your love and your passion. You are an inspiration!
      I knit, crochet, felt when Im not working or on stage. If money were no object I would open a yarn/fibre shop and do a little acting on the side. Maybe some day….
      I look forward to visiting your website and receiving updates.

      Andree

  2. Sarah Modrell August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Chandi – I have some questions for you on yarn!!! Can you please email me?? smodrell@gmail.com
    THANK YOU,
    Sarah

  3. Sarah Modrell August 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Anxiously awaiting my 4 skeins of yarn 🙂 I’ve got a fabulous cowl pattern I can’t wait to crochet 🙂 🙂 You do beautiful work and cannot wait to see the outcome with your yarn!!! Have a wonderful day!!!
    Sarah

    • Chandi August 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sarah!

      I’m showing the package is “out for delivery” today so you should get it today! I hope you love it. Thank you for all your kind words. 😀

      ~Chandi

  4. Ann Glenn January 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I love how you match the colors of nature in the yarn. They’re beautiful! Can’t wait to see more.

  5. TerryLee Diemert May 12, 2013 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi

    I have yet again tried to order some wool from you and it won’t take my credit card. I don’t understand what is wrong. I am entering it right, have tried to re-enter it 3 or 4 times. Do you have any idea’s as to way it is not excepting it?
    I keep missing out on the wool that i want . Tonight i tried to get the Afican Violet and about a week ago i tried to get the stormy skies and coffee and cream. I am so frusterated not sure what to do.

    Thanks Chandi if you have any ideas please let me know.

    Sincerley TerryLee Diemert

  6. jo May 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Chandi,

    I love color and fiber as much as you. Your website, blog, etc is wonderful. It shows that you are living the life that you love.

    I have knit and crocheted for 57 years but right now am running a small knitting bag company, http://www.nantucketbagg.com.

    I would love to provide one for you to review. Check out our website and let me know what bag you would like. nantucketbagg@gmail.com

    Sincerely with great joy about the joy you bring to others!

    Jo Eaton
    207 553 0277

  7. rothchrista@hotmail.com May 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi

    I have been ordering your yarn for about the past 7months….and Im very very impressed with the colors, feeling, colors, and colors! Im in the hosptal and have been here for the past 4 wks….Ive been quite ill (im only 36 and have gome through alot of tests and what not)….its been a rough time as my smy on is 14 and his dad my husband is an engineer so hes quite busy and had to become a single day quite quickly. I wanted to let you know thank you for doingwhat you do…….it gives me something to look forward to. I have been prdering as soon as I see new ones listed cause onetime I missed out! Hard lesson learned for waiting. I just ordered all your new sock yesterday….rainbow (2) carmel (1), stormy skies (1)….the pineapple just wouldnt do it for me. SO I left itforsomeone else to enjoy. You are wonderful Chandi.

    Quick Question have you ever thought of selling wholesale. I would love to work with you in the Saskatchewan Area and during Seasonal Times I would love to sell your wool at Craft Shows, Farmers Market, Catherderal Village Arts Festival…..we have a store called Traditions in Regina that sells homemade hand made items. I could purchase in bulk from you and just charge people what you do…minus the shipping. I think it would grow your business and keep me busy. As I could make items with your yarn and also sell themfor myself to make a bit of money! Would you ever consider this?I will be out of the hospital in Beginning of July and maybe be could work something out in the mean time…….if you are not wanting to do this that is fine too. I just thought it may help your business grow. I would pay for all the yarn just like I do now….but in bulk quanties

    TakeCare
    Christa

  8. Mark May 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi

    I am a Sr Design Manager in St Louis for a German Printing company
    was a Textile designer with Steelcase before that you yarns are beautiful
    I am hoping that I will soon get back into textiles did it for 24 years. still
    have a AVL 20 harness Loom and a walking wheel that was give to me
    by my sister-in law’s grandmother, thanks for all you insite and look
    forward to buying some of you creations in the future

    Have a great weekend

    PS. I was divorced for 10 years but were back together again. Lord willing & I pray that you find that truly creative guy that will support your creativity !

    Mark

  9. connie June 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    hi chandi & everyone reading this,
    i’m not sure i’m in the right place, but this is a good place. just got my yarn, lilac bush & stormy skys. they are beautiful. i love knitting socks. i’m not new to chandi’s beautiful yarn. it arrives & i can’t finish the socks i’m knitting fast enough. not all my socks are for me; i do share. i just love all the colors & the encouragement i receive on facebook & tucked into my orders.
    chandi feels like a very special friend!!!

  10. Carol Lee June 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to tell you that your blog has become my number one favorite! I don’t have more than two or three, but yours is a keeper.

    Carol

  11. Naomi August 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi! I love your blog and your yarn. The more I look at your blog and work, I want to start dying my own yarn. It looks like so much fun. I do work a 9-5 job because I have to right now, but would probably like to start on a small scale. I have a friend with a yarn spinner and have asked her to teach me. I would love to have my own store one day, whether it be physical location or online. You love what you do and I want to do the same. I’ve been crocheting since I was five and cannot see life without it. It’s my relaxation and my form of therapy, which has also helped in my divorce after 17 yrs of marriage. Zumba of course, has helped as well!! LOL I always look forward to seeing your Facebook postings and reading your blog. You’ve inspired me and for that I thank you. I must purchase your online book and how to get started. The idea keeps swirling in my mind over and over and I must act upon it!! So keep up the good work and keep up your inspirations!!!:))))

    Naomi

  12. Tara Oman September 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Chandi, Chandi, Chandi!

    I follow you mostly on Facebook when you’re revealing a new color or color blend (I just love that you let us participate in the naming process!), but today I have browsed around your site. It’s amazing! You stated that your intended purpose of the site is to inspire and encourage. My dear, you do EXACTLY that!

    I’ve been a knitter for about 19 years and crocheting for 32 years (I picked up my first size F Hook when I was four) and, like many people, have fallen into the trap of purchasing, oh, let’s just call it easily accessible and inexpensive yarn, for everything; however, my tides are sure to change.

    I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in the spring and work was put on hold – so was my income. BUT, my new lease on life and new found appreciation for beautiful things has me planning many wonderful projects in the near future when chemo is finished and I return to work. Your store is like my Graceland!

    Thank you for pouring your all into all that you do. We all appreciate it so very much!

  13. Kavitha Seetharaman October 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    It’s great to see you. Your yarns are so beautiful. I wish to enter in the October yarn giveaway. I subscribed to to your newsletter, shared the post in pinterest and twitter. but I’m not able to comment there. Don’t know what to do. I wish to participate in this giveaway. I’m a beginner in crocheting and am planning to make a crochet blanket using granny squares because that’s all I’ve learnt in the past 2 months since I’ve started crocheting.
    Thanks,
    kavitha

  14. Judy Bischoff November 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I love your site too. You are my only “go to” hand dyer. I have a LYS, but no one dyes yarn like you. Do you ever get visitors that are customers and BIG fans?
    Judy

  15. Michele December 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Chandi,
    I think you are the most adorable person. You inspire other knitters with your beautiful yarn. I am enjoying knitting with a skein of the grey and yellow worsted weight and I am kicking myself for only buying one. I wish I had the time to try spinning it looks so relaxing on your video. I used to do pottery on the wheel which is also mezmarizing and relaxing probably in a similar way. Creating things from our own hands is such a worthwhile way to use time. Thank you for continuing to produce beautiful products which we knitters, felters and yarn hoarders can collect and use in our fashion.

  16. Irene Montano January 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I love your site. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us, you are truly an inspiration! I’m a lifelong crocheter and newbie knitter, having just completed by first ever scarf for my best friend and sister for Christmas. It was time consuming but well worth it. I never could have created something that looked so elegant with crochet. Anyways…thanks again and look forward to seeing what you get into in 2014! And congratulations to you and your hubby.

  17. Lorraine January 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi:
    I am so drawn to your blog/site… I am soooo passionate about yarn, colors and textures, I am obsessive! I love the colors you have and the imagery you show as to where you got your inspiration from, brilliant! I about to launch a new section to my website for shawls & wraps, but I wanted to ask your advise on what can I use to create a super lite weight shawl for summer. I have some I have created (not shown on my site yet) in super feathery mohair, although light, it is not appropriate for summer. I have created a shawl using cotton sport, lite weight but not light enough. So here is my question…. What about silk? I have never used pure silk yarn or a yarn mainly of silk, what is it like? I want ligh,t airy, soft and feathery… what can you tell me about your silk yarns? or whatever you think might work for my vision.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Lorraine

    • Chandi January 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Lorraine,

      I would recommend a silk blend! Like our Cashmere Silk or Yak-Silk… You’ll get the softness, some drape, with the sheen and coolness of the silk. Oh yes!! 🙂

      Pure silk might work, but would create a fabric that would tend to lay more flat… not be as lofty. I hope this helps!

      Thank you so much!
      Chandi

  18. margaret williamson January 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I live in N Ireland and have enjoyed knitting for 55 years, I love the colours of your yarns, does the “ply” correspond with wool sold here? ( 3, 4ply, double knitting and chunky?) Do you sell to Ireland? Hoping for a reply.

    • Chandi January 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      We do sell to Ireland, but I’m afraid I am not sure about the plies… I would assume they’d be the same, but each yarn is different. 🙂

      Thank you! Chandi

  19. Melissa February 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Chandi, I am so glad I found your site!!! I love your vision for colors (solids and variegated). I will be purchasing from you as I love to make shawls|stoles, and I love for them to SHINE!!!!
    Happy coloring….

  20. Kathy Mueller February 26, 2014 at 12:27 am - Reply

    My biggest craft struggle is getting things finished! I like so many different crafts that I have a very bad habit of starting something & then something strikes my fancy & off I am working on that!

  21. Susan February 26, 2014 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi!

    Love, love, love, your yarns!

    For me, the biggest struggle is putting all the pieces together, or seaming. I never seemed to be satisfied with how it looks. I’m learning, but I’m sure there are other methods out there I’ve yet to find.

  22. Ronni Fogle March 7, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Love the new colors!!!!

  23. Ginny March 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I was just reading how you love to make up your own colors, would you consider making a red/purple combination for the Red Hat Sisters?

  24. Patricia Rand April 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I just found you and have ordered some yarn ,my first,and can’t wait for it to come in so I can start crocheting something totally irreplaceable to my Daughter-in-law! If I won the yarn bundle for April it would be heaven to plan what to make with each color.

  25. Tracey May 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Love getting your newsletters and seeing all the yummy yarns you have for us! On the bottom of your latest newsletter, you’re wearing a beautiful lace shawl – what is the name of the pattern and where can I get a copy? Many thanks!

  26. Jolene May 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Dear Chandi,
    I came across some of your videos on youtube when I was looking for help with my loom knitting and I love how easy they are to follow and you are so personable! I went to your site to look around and it is wonderful. I’m so impressed by all that you do, exspecially the spinning.
    You site is so colorful and bright and refreshing from some of the other sites out there. Thank you for sharing your passion with everyone. You are very inspirational.

    Jolene

  27. Stella Bull June 17, 2014 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi,
    I too am a knitter and weaver, and I want to weave the scarf you made from the Spilled Wine yarn. What weave structure did you use, how long is the warp, and how wide, how many epi? Anything else I should know?
    Thanks for your help.
    Warmest Regards,
    Stella

    • Chandi July 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Stella, I used a 25″ Schacht flip loom, 10 dpi heddle and about 500 yards of worsted weight yarn. I didn’t measure the warp, but I’m guessing around 80 ” or so? The scarf is about 14″ wide and when finished, 70″. Hope this helps! Chandi

  28. Sabina July 26, 2014 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Chandi, As an experienced weaver, I suggest you move up to a Schacht wolf loom!
    Such a difference than a Cricket or Flip loom. Weaving with a floor loom does go faster than either of these. Weaving is wonderful!

  29. Roberta Lumsdon July 29, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I am a 77 year old widow. My dream is to go to some of the near nursing homes and work with residents there who want to knit or crochet and help them make items, either as gifts or to donate to the hospitals & nursing homes such as lap robes and blankets or prayer shawls, newborn hats too. The elderly seem to be forgotten in doing hand crafts. I know that I do not have any extra income to support this desire. I have been knitting & crocheting since I was 7. My dad’s mom taught me one Summer. I still have some of her crocheted pot holders. She passed away 55 years ago, but I still think of her everyday. I would like to win your give away.

  30. Roberta Lumsdon July 29, 2014 at 1:23 am - Reply

    I retired after being an R.N. With a BSN after working 50 years at age 68. I enjoyed Home Health and Hospice Care the most and would like to volunteer in that area.

  31. jenny m September 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    hii…I just started crocheting about a month ago… I had seen u on youtube.. I loved the videos u did for beginner’s.. it helped so much to learn.. a lil challenging lol in the beginning but its awesome now that I can make my son scarfs and hopefully other things to come.. I read your blog you really are in inspiration to life.. im going through things also.. crocheting is relaxing and a great hobby for me.. thanks so much….. jenny

  32. denise September 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Hello Chandi, I just want to thank you for your beginner knitting videos. you are very pleasant to listen to and explain very well. I am a novice, dabbler. 38 yr ago I knitted a blanket for my niece. Recently I crocheted a dish cloth, its gigantic and too thick, so i thought I’d pick up the knitting needles . I have 2 knitted dish cloths from a friend and love them. any suggestions for crochet dish cloths?

    Thank you

  33. Amber September 16, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

    You’re an inspiration! I don’t know how much time I have to devote to any of this and might more often end up living vicariously through your blog, but it’s a wonderful find nonetheless. The older I get the more I am drawn towards the simpler, more direct methods of living/existing of years past; everything from canning/preserving, to gardening, to making goods by hand. And while my mother seems to hold much of this wisdom, it’s not nearly as readily available as YouTube videos and other internet resources. So thank you for providing both the means to learn on my own schedule, and the inspiration to attempt what previously was only an inkling of a desire.

  34. Anna-Mae Fox October 1, 2014 at 6:08 am - Reply

    My best friend sent me your link on my FB page. I LOVE your yarn and the colours are amazing. I have had the pleasure of feeling your yarn as my friend ordered some. I am planning on doing some serious shopping in a few months (busy looking for a job). The purple rose is amazing. I’d love to buy some to make my daughter-in-law something. It’s her favorite color. (She might like me then, lol). God bless you as you share your gifts with the rest of us. 😀

  35. Agnes Pollard October 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hi there! Will you have more of the Peacock Dewdrop wool yarn again? I found your pattern for a beautiful scarf on your blog, but the yarn is sold out. And if you won’t have it again, what do you recommend as substitution. Thank you!
    Agnes :0)

  36. Kathie J. October 12, 2014 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the tutorials and videos, Chandi! I am a new Wheel owner and am reading and studying up to absorb as much information as possible. I am also a long time crocheter, and have picked up knitting off and on to try to master it, but have gotten a bit frustrated/bored/irked by dropped stitches, problems with tension, etc. I ran across one of your spinning videos this week (loved it!), and when I wanted more information on knitting tonight I found your introduction to knitting video. Loved that too! I appreciate the work you put in to your videos—your teaching is clear and clean, your voice is pleasant —-and what’s more you are FUN. ;D
    Have a great week and keep up the videos and the creating of your gorgeous yarns! I can’t wait to actually get my hands into the fibers to start spinning.

  37. Brie M. October 26, 2014 at 5:21 am - Reply

    I love to swing by your site every so often to drool over your gorgeous Colorways. Walmart doesn’t sell the colors you have. 😉 I think I’m going to have to cheat and use some of my college funding (Its been approved) and buy some of your yarn. I know I’ve said it before. But the more I drool over the variety of Colors, the more I fall in love with all of them. 🙂 I’m going to have a VERY hard time choosing one for my next project. I crochet, and my Grandma taught me. I love to crochet while I’m reading a textbook for class. (I do my schooling online.) It makes it seem a little less dull. Thanks again for the (sweet) torture of all the variety. 😉

    ~Brie

  38. Freda C. January 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Chandi-
    A little over a year ago I decided I wanted to learn how to FINALLY crochet…I went to YouTube and became addicted!!! I wanted to say THANK YOU because it was watching your videos over and over again that helped me get the basics down! What I am really in love with now is crocheting rugs for my home….I absolutely love the Roving rug you made. It is Amazing!
    I am interested to know more about how to spin and dye yarn, if you have any instructions for that I would love to know…I love your site, yarns & videos!!!

  39. Kim February 2, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    You seem to be a lovely lady”……glad that you enjoying your new lease on life.
    Creativity is so important…maybe we should force all the world politicians to take art once a week…so they learn to chill out! And get a new perspective….

    I have permission to donate wall hangings and would also like to make pillows for each bed to serve as a comfort during treatments at our local chemo unit.
    Art would be silk, wool felting sewing etc.

    It would be awfully good to receive wool that has good energy and karma attached to it…and pass it on.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    If I do not win,
    perhaps there are others in the forum that might consider donating some unwanted wool for felting? (Karma will reward you…)
    Namaste, Kim (om studio)

  40. katherine March 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    i want to enter the giveaway because with the yarn i will be making scarfs,mittens,shirts,mat and so on

  41. ss March 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    allo

  42. Samantha Brydon April 4, 2015 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Hi. I would love to make your giant crochet rug. In the video it looks like you are working from one huge length of roving of 7.5lb (equivalent 3.5kg). Was this all in one length? I would love to minimise ends but can mainly only find 100g bumps of roving for sale on the Internet…….do you sell your roving used?

  43. Aurora Tiedemann April 6, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Increíble story Chandi. I’m pretty new to you lol. I found out about you thru youtube. Tour vídeos helped me learn how to crochet. Thanks.

  44. Deborah Martin April 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Your yarns are so lovely!

  45. Antonia Raaymakers April 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    By the way… I’m twenty seven too XD. Learning to knit 😛

  46. samantha halls May 16, 2015 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi your work is amazing all the colors of yarn are fantastic. I came across your beginner knitting video on YouTube I really like how you broke it down it was easy to see want you were doing..I crochet but would love to learn how to knit..Some of the items that i crochet i donate to the ICU unit and to the homeless..

  47. mindy s June 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    How do I go about entering the yarn give away if you could let me know it would be helpful. Thanks

  48. Ava & Her Mom June 12, 2015 at 2:34 am - Reply

    My daughter was 9 when we learned to crochet and knit watching YouTube videos, yours included. I was somewhat disappointed we had to use an iPhone to learn to crochet…I imagined she would learn while sitting next to her Granny! Despite my disappointment she absolutely loves watching your videos! Your sweet smile and sunny spirit has drawn us both in. Thank you for inspiring both of us to learn something new and to appreciate the joy in simplicity.

  49. Merry Miller Moon June 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    OMG! I just saw your gorgeous wedding pic and I think the hot hat model is your husband? Am I right? Y’all are cute together!

  50. Jessica York June 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I love your tutorials! I was so scared of knitting then finally I viewed one of your videos and it made it so easy. Thank you thank you thank you! Do you still currently live in Alaska? I love up here as well. Thank you again for showing awesome videos!!

    • Chandi June 28, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

      We moved, about a year ago, to Charlotte, North Carolina. We visit often though!

  51. Paula July 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi! I saw a recipe somewhere for your homemade lotion and can not find it now. Can you share it with me again? Thanks, I have the ingredients, just need the directions. 🙂

    Thanks, Paula.

    • Chandi July 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Sure! Equal parts coconut oil and cocoa butter with a dollop of olive oil. Melt until liquid. Freeze 20 minutes until slushy. Add a few drops of vitamin E. Whip it with a mixer. Enjoy!

  52. Jennifer Stanfield July 9, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I think your yarn is super beautiful. I am a huge knitter and crocheter. I can get lost in it for hours. I would love to learn how to spin and to dye my own yarn. I think it is amazing how you can match pictures up to the color scheme you used in your yarn. I enjoy your youtube videos. I can’t wait to see the future yarns you create.

  53. Sam July 18, 2015 at 3:45 am - Reply

    I’ve just recently started to take up a crocheting (at 21 years old!) because I love video games and when I’m stressed I play them! But sometimes I need something else to de-stress myself and I thought “crocheting sounds awesome! I can make something AND calm myself down!” It’s been hard to learn and I found your tutorial on YouTube and now I’m a full subscriber in all you do! And I LOVE that knitted red-hood you have! It’s gorgeous! Thanks for everything you’ve done to help me get started!

  54. Yarnbeth August 8, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Just found you through the new search feature on Rav where they let you find “yarnies” that are near you – I am just south of you in Rock Hill, and work in Charlotte. I went a little crazy when I found your yarn – SO gorgeous – and I can’t wait to get my first shipment. I don’t think you are on Ravelry, but you should join – that way when people make amazing things from your yarn, you can easily see it and chat with them, maybe grab pics (with their permission) for your blog, etc…

    Good luck on the cross town move, should be a breeze after the other one!
    Beth (Yarnbeth on Rav)

  55. Richard Giltner September 18, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Am constantly pleased and amazed at how clear your video tutorials are. You make this knitting business so easy and enjoyable. You’ve taken an ‘all thumbs’ beginner to a fairly rapid beginner and eliminated the e frustration level of the learning curve so this is becoming a fun, relaxing past time. Thanks so much, Chandi. Am looking forward to progressing and starting to take on some patterned projects soon. All the best with your business. Thanks again, – Richard

  56. Christi September 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Absolutely the best how to you tube video I have seen yet for knitting. I also knit with my left hand and everyone said I was doing it wrong. Nice to know I was doing it right all along. Thanks for your help. Please keep them coming. I haven’t seen all your posts yet, but if you don’t already have one, I would love to know more about making swatches. Should they be done for everything? Should they be washed, then ironed, then start the project. Should I wash the yarn before I knit the swatch? And what about & why blocking?

    • Chandi October 8, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

      Thanks, Christi! I say do a gauge swatch for items requiring accurate fit. Sweaters or socks, for example. But for scarves or shawls, I usually don’t bother. 🙂 You’ll want to treat your sample swatch as if it were the real deal, so wash and dry as you would the final project. Then measure your stitches/inch. Blocking really opens up your work and makes it look professional and beautiful so I almost always opt for that in my knitting. 🙂

  57. Valentina November 3, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi, I absolutely love your site. Love from Norway. I was wondering if you could do a kniting or/and croche video to make a tie for an adult. like they do in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GImC1xCuMF8
    or if you have some other paterns to follow. I would love to make one as a christmas gift, but im a begginer and dont understand spanish. 🙂

    if you can, Thank you so much, again lots of love from norway

    ps. you taught me how to knit, thanks for that 🙂

    • Chandi November 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      That is definitely something we can work on! Thanks for the suggestion!

  58. Callie November 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi!! I’m just getting started trying to learn how to knit and like you I am also a crocheter. I’ve been crocheting for many many years and I love it but have always wanted to learn to knit but I’m having trouble getting started. I’ve been watching your beginning video and it’s really been helping a lot! My problem is I can cast on my stitches,no problem and bringing my stitches over to the other needle goes good until I go to bring over that last stitch( the slip knot stitch) and after I bring it over its very loose and just doesn’t look right! Grrr! Help!!!

    • Chandi November 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Just ignore the cast on stitch and just slip it off when done rather than working the stitch. : )

  59. Joanne bui November 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Hi chandi, how did you learn how to spin and how to take care of your spinning wheel?

    • Chandi November 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      I learned through books, Youtube, and practice. Lots and lots of practice! : )

  60. Mariana November 17, 2015 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Chandi,

    You inspire me to be like you and your blog is amazing! I’m 13 It is my favorite blog because you post a lot of amazing things. I have a question for you and it is what inspires you to make all these cool things?

  61. Mariana November 17, 2015 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Chandi,

    You inspire me to be like you and your blog is amazing! I’m 13 years old and I am just starting off and would like to enter your yarn give away and don’t know how to enter so could tell me how to.It would also help me out because I don’t have any money to buy my supplies!

    PS Their is may be a lot of mistakes and I’m very sorry.?

  62. Mariana November 17, 2015 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Sorry I posted something twice.?

  63. Marlis Nichols November 28, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi, I am new to your site. I started knitting and chrocheting,when, I was 9,also. I love, to knit. I have a shop,and I put my knitted items in my shop,and also, I paint,and, lots of other things,too. I am excited, to be apart of your online friends. Marlis

  64. Nancy Sims December 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I haven’t started crocheting yet…but I’m trying to find the best pattern for beginners to start. What do you recommend? I would like to crochet my daughter an owl beanie cap…but not sure if I can just yet…I’m still trying to comprehend all abbreviations and such. I found you through youtube…and I’m truly excited to learn more. Please help guide me on what I need….as in yarn and size needle and a pattern that will help me start and not get too frustrated. Thanks

  65. Teresa Beverley January 6, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Many thanks for your wonderful videos. I finally decided to try knitting again after retiring. Your superb instructions & encouragement have me at it again!

  66. Tammy January 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Hello!

    I came across one of your youtube videos today while looking for some videos on using spinning wheels. Thank you for putting them together and inspiring us!

    I completed my first bobbin last night on my Ashford Traditional that I have been fighting with for a year plus. It was a love hate year. I wanted so much to accomplish making beautiful yarn and it just wasn’t happening. Finally I decided if I was going to ever be able to use my wheel I needed to learn how to handle the fiber. I started with a drop spindle while on vacation in November and it got me on track and comfortable with trying once again.

    I look forward to using the techniques you shared to discover a comfortable spinning experience that produces the beautiful yarn I have been dreaming of.

  67. Alycia January 14, 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

    I love love love what you do here! I’m a crocheter myself, primarily for amigurumi, and I have been following your Instagram for years. This is the first time I’m on your blog, and i really like how you share the work you do here. I live in Singapore and over the years there seems to be a growing community of yarn-lovers.
    Anyway, I just wanted to drop by to say hi and good job on the stuff you’ve been doing, I’d love to visit Austin too some day (after reading your latest blog post)!

  68. Debbie January 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I am addicted to your yarn and website! The photos and color combinations are gorgeous! Are you planning on posting any new knitting patterns soon? I can’t crochet, but I love to knit (although I’m only an advanced beginner). Thank you for your products and positive messages!

    • Chandi January 29, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

      We will try to introduce new knitting patterns every month. Be on the lookout! : )

  69. Tami Arnold February 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to get started on the Cabled Coffee Lovers Knitted Cowl Pattern. I’m trying to use some of my yarn, in my massive stash, but I do love your yarns! As soon as I complete three to four projects out of what I have, I will be replenishing my stash with some of your yarn. Simply beautiful! Take care, and I’m sending you good thoughts and prayers.

  70. Anuj Agarwal February 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Expression Fiber Arts has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top Knitting blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/2016/02/09/top-knitting-blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of top Knitting blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!

    Best,
    Anuj

  71. Deb March 3, 2016 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Hi Chandi, thank you for your knitting & crochet tutorials. I have now learned how to knit, because of you and I just finished the finger crochet giant roving yarn rug. Only mine looks hexagon shaped & yours was round…lol…I need practice, but it still looks cool. Wanted to send you a pic of my rug. Would love to get some roving yarn…(hopefully I can win some yarn, that would be cool, too!!!! ) Any way, hugs & God bless. Thank you again for teaching & sharing your talent with the rest of us who want to learn.
    Deb K.

    • Chandi March 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      I would love to see pictures of your creations! : )

  72. Shawnette Hocson April 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    OK, I LOVE your site, I LOVE your yarn, I LOVE your videos!! I want a spinning wheel so I can learn to spin my own yarn! My hubby says you’re my crush, LOL!! It’s ok. Thank you for sharing your love of all things yarn! Also, sharing yourself with us!! I’m teaching myself to knit, and I LOVE your yarn (I know, I already said that, BUT…). I just want to say THANK YOU for everything!! 😀 <3

  73. Amanda Chara April 28, 2016 at 12:09 am - Reply

    You’re yarn is gorgeous and so are you!

  74. Adrienne May 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Hi again, how can I enter your yarn contest ? Thank you !

    • Chandi May 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Go to this link may yarn giveaway and you should be able to find a icon that tells you how to enter at the bottom of the page. : )

  75. Clare Spivak May 11, 2016 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Your yarn and shop are amazingly addictive.When I can’t afford to buy from the store I still thoroughly enjoy looking at the yarn and dreaming or trying to find the perfect pattern for such gorgeous yarn. The yarn and the book give away are awesome as usual, as are the crochet hooks. I love your new patterns and appreciate that you often give % off the yarn needed for the project. Color and music are two things that make me enjoy life. I feel blessed to still be able to see and play with color as well as hear music that I love. I look forward to your new entries on your blog on the days that you use. YOu have made fantastic progress since you were on your own in 2010. It is great to see you married to a man who is so talented and is part of the business. Photographers are amazing and have the greatest respect for these artists. It is great to see you enjoying life and to be met by your dazzling smile when I open a page.Time to go and look at the beautiful items in your shop. Keep on doing what makes you and thousands of readers and followers very happy, too.

  76. Shanelle May 20, 2016 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Hello!
    I’m doing a project for my school in which we explore different point of views on life or change something about our daily lives. I chose to take up crocheting because since I was younger I had always wanted to try it. Would it be possible for you to answer some questions about crochet for my project? Thank you so much for your time, it is greatly appreciated.

  77. Yvonne May 22, 2016 at 3:59 am - Reply

    I had to change my e-mail do to being hacked so hope this changes it on your site.

  78. Brittany Venneberg July 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Hi! I’m a really big fan of your videos on YouTube and your yarns are sooo beautiful even though I’ve never had the chance to use any of them. Just looking at them makes me glad that my mom taught me to crochet when I was seven.

  79. Dorette van Heerden August 25, 2016 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Hallo

    I am looking for the pattern for Neptune’s Tears but can not find it. Is it available somewhere? I am willing to pay for it if it is a paid pattern.

    Kind regards
    Dorette

  80. Melanie August 30, 2016 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I just found your Youtube tutorials on how to knit. I am a crocheter, and I have tried knitting before but I just keep failing at it. I think your method of using your ‘crochet hand’ to knit, is the BEST trick ever! Finally I understand what to do! Thank you for the inspiration, I feel like I can do it now! All the best from Australia! Melanie

  81. Noreen Stover August 30, 2016 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I love the colors you carry.mI have yet to order as I have a tremendous stash but in the future I am looking forward to working with your yarns. Have a super evening and thank you so much for all the patterns you provide this site with.

  82. Carolene September 25, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Hi at a complete whim I bought a spinning wheel at auction. No idea how to use it but found your video on you tube, so relaxing, can’t wait to start. I learnt to crochet, sew and embroider as a child and just learnt to knit and now next step is spinning and dyeing, however some of your yarns are irresistible and love the colour ways. Have bookmarked your site.

  83. Haley October 24, 2016 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Hey,
    I was wondering if you could give me a tip? I am working on your headband design with only the knit stitch, how can you keep the edges from growing? I have tried tightening the last and first stitch but it doesn’t always seem to work. This is my first project besides learning the stitches themselves over and over. I heard blocking will help, but will that actually cause the edges to stop growing? Any advice would help to ease my frustration ! Thanks a bundle.

  84. Lynn Jenewein January 6, 2017 at 12:41 am - Reply

    I’ve tried to create a user name but I never got an email confirmation. I tried twice and checked my junk mail inbox. Any ideas?

  85. Sandy Olinger February 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi! Found your page while on a pattern search and happy to say I enjoy your patterns!!! I am a fellow Alaskan, (GlennAllen) and currently working on the Boho triangle shawl. thank you for the free pattern!!!!! Will post when I have finished it!!!! Do you have a place of business in North Pole or just the website? I will be traveling thru there in June and would love to see some of your work! Have an awesome day and again thank you!

    • Chandi February 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandy! So glad that you found me. I used to live in Fairbanks/North Pole area. However, my husband and I moved to North Carolina about 3 years ago. I travel to Alaska about twice a year and I might be up there in June as well. Maybe we will run into each other! : )

  86. Dana February 6, 2017 at 6:01 am - Reply

    I have some question regarding the unending love blanket please contact me back. I’m trying to make it as a gift. Thank you!!

  87. Helen Henry June 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi
    My edges on my chocolate diamond Cowles roll up? I casted on loose and used the stretchy bind off, but they still roll? Any ideas on how to stop this?
    Thanks
    Helen

    Love your work!

  88. Emily Trombley July 19, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    As a proud military mom/wife/daughter/granddaughter/niece/sister, I am always looking for patriotic yarns. Any chance you could do one?

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