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Q&A With Spinzilla Sponsor: Lorna's Laces

Posted By TNNA HQ, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Q&A With Spinzilla Sponsor: Lorna's Laces

 TNNA: Can you give a little background about Lorna’s Laces?

Amanda Jarvis: Lorna's Laces was started in the early 90's in Northern California. In 2003, it was purchased by Beth Casey and moved to Chicago, IL. Chicago is really where Lorna's Laces started to sing in my opinion. It grew, changed, and grew some more, releasing hundreds of amazing colors. Now we dye four types of spinning fiber and 14 different yarns from our staple super wash merino wool to silk and bamboo blend. In July of 2017 after over 14 years behind the scenes, I purchased Lorna's Laces. I couldn't be more thrilled to be the new owner and see where we can go next. 

TNNA: Can you give some insight on the types of your spinning fibers?

Amanda: We are doing four fibers now! We have 100 percent super wash merino, 100 percent super fine alpaca, 100 percent blue-faced Leicester and a 50/50 angora/merino.

I know the super wash is amazing for creating sock weight yarn and makes a good single ply. The alpaca and the angora/merino would lend themselves well to light airy yarn and knits. To me the BFL is begging to be made into a bulky sweater. It has this super fun crimped texture from the sheep's curls.

TNNA: What have been the biggest challenges the company has faced this year? How did you work through them?

Amanda: This year has been an interesting one. I would say our biggest challenge was obviously the transfer of ownership from Beth to myself. I mean, what could be bigger than a sale of the company? I am only a month and a half into ownership and I would say I am currently managing everything with a lot of hard work and many long hours.

TNNA: Any new projects the company is working on or planning for 2018?

Amanda: I am hoping to dedicate the coming years to building community. We have some amazing things planned for our Color Commentary series, oodles of KALs coming up, lots of new colors, fresh designs and playful dye techniques. 2018 is going to be a great year for Lorna's Laces.

TNNA: What has changed in the industry over the years? What do you predict will change in the coming years?

Amanda: It has been so interesting to work within this industry for the last 15 years. So much has changed while so much has stayed the same. I think from a professional standpoint shops and wholesalers alike are starting to be forced to break old habits and try new things. I feel the opportunity in this is very exciting. I worry a lot of about the effect routine and tradition has on creativity. Seeing new things, new places and new people gives you inspiration to do new and interesting things. Stitchers and spinners are being drawn to new and unique. The latest design, colors, fiber or dye technique ─ everything is wide open for all of us to create new art.

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