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by Ysolda Teague August 04, 2019 2 min read

Black woman with blue and purple curls peeking through a web of colourful yarn

Karida Collins and I started in the yarn industry around the same time, and we’ve been following each other for years. I’ve been a huge admirer of how Karida has grown her business over the years in a way that celebrates her community and values. As we’ve gotten to know one another better I’ve also come to respect her politics and passion for creating change, whether that’s by sharing her personal experiences as a Black woman in the yarn industry, hosting fundraisers for local organisations, creating an annual pride collection, or advocating for political action. Neighborhood skeins have made up a precious part of my personal stash and I’m delighted to help bring them to yours.

pile of yarn in the background with someone holding a red and pink skein up to the camera in the foreground

Neighborhood Fiber Co. began in the kitchen of a basement apartment in the LeDroit Park neighbourhood of Washington, DC. Stirred by her surroundings, Karida Collins set out to provide the world with hand-dyed yarns inspired by and named to reflect the natural beauty and diverse neighbourhoods throughout the US capital. Since then, she has added many more colours to reflect a multitude of neighbourhoods, both inside and outside of DC. Now based in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co. continues to offer vibrant, one-of-a-kind colours inspired by urban landscapes. Their studio store is located in an old firehouse in downtown Baltimore and so we are thrilled to be able to become a flagship store in the UK for Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Our first batch has now arrived and we have:

A speckled plate with a chocolate covered donut sits off centre on a scratched grey background. The donut has brightly coloured sprinkles. 4 brightly coloured skeins of hand dyed mohair yarn are scattered around the plate.  Rustic Fingering- 100% Superwash Merino (single ply)

Loft- 60% Kid Mohair and 40% Silk goodness 

5 skeins of hand dyed yarn in hues of pink line up along the bottom of the image. Above is a speckled plate with pink marshmallows is just above. They are on a scratched metal background.

Rustic Fingering- 100% Superwash Merino (single ply)

A speckled plate with a chocolate covered donut sits off centre on a scratched grey background. The donut has brightly coloured sprinkles. 5 brightly coloured skeins of hand dyed yarn are next to the plate.

Studio Sock- 100% Superwash Merino

A beer can, a cacti in a geometric pot and a collection of hand dyed skeins sit on a white table in front of a white wall.

Capital Luxury Sport- 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% Nylon

We’ve already been celebrating the arrival a little in the studio and hope you can’t wait to get to know Karida and her team’s beautiful hand dyed yarns.

If you’d like to hear Karida personally introducing the Neighborhood Fiber Co, check out this introduction video we made to welcome her to Ysolda.com:

Transcription of video:“Hi, My name is Karida Collins and my pronouns are she/her, I am the owner of Neighborhood Fiber Company. We are a hand dyed yarn company, based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and all of our colours are named for neighbourhoods. When I started the business in 2006 I wanted to bring a new kind of aesthetic and idea to the industry about what it would mean to have an urban yarn company and to have colours that are inspired by urban landscapes. I hope that people will see the vivid intense colours and maybe think in a different way about the beauty that can be found in cities and other unexpected places.”

Ysolda Teague
Ysolda Teague

Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.

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