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By Jinny McKenzie
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About this project

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Hi, I'm Jinny McKenzie,

Knitting on-the-go!
Knitting on-the-go!

 owner of MIRLA Fiber Arts.

Logo designed by Scot McKenzie
Logo designed by Scot McKenzie

I started MIRLA Fiber Arts about two years ago as a way to fund my own growing fiber obsession, and I had lots of fun doing it up until June of this year, when I was diagnosed with Stage II Colon Cancer. It was very scary. But, surgery was successful and after a month long recovery I started feeling better. Unfortunately the medical expenses and lost wages left us in a bit of a pickle. So I turned to the fiber community for help. I made batts and dyed tops, I rolled rolags and dyed silks. And I was overwhelmed at the generosity and kindness I received from the fiber community. Many bought my fibers, some even donating a little extra just to help me out. 

I was truly humbled. And I began to see the potential of turning my passion for fiber into a successful business, something I had always dreamed of.

That is why I am here, on Kickstarter, asking for your help.

There are a few components to my planned expansion of MIRLA Fiber Arts. First, I want to increase output by investing in bulk inventory of fiber and yarn, as well as the acquisition of more suitable dye pots, large quantities of dye powders and chemicals, and other dyeing and felting tools. Secondly, if funding exceeds my goal, I would love to procure an outside studio space- small but functional- where I can go to focus on my work without the regular, albeit adorable, interruptions of my children. 

Eventually I would like to move away from Etsy onto my own website, and maybe one day into an actual storefront. For now, I'd be beyond thankful for your help in achieving the first step, and maybe second should funding allow. 

In exchange for your generosity I have put together some amazing incentives at a variety of giving levels. I hope you find one of my incentives enticing enough to contribute. 

Thank you so much for your time and consideration and for checking out my kickstarter.

Sincerely,

Jinny <3

On-the-Go project bags are 100% hand made. I first dye silk hankies. Then I create felt fabric with the silk color of your choice, undyed merino wool, and sparkle if desired; the fabric is made by hand using wet felting techniques. The fabric is then cut and quilted onto a cotton muslin lining. Once the pieces are quilted they are pieced together and the bag is complete. These are fun, fun, fun!!! Get one for yourself or a fiber fiend you love so you (or they) can carry fiber everywhere, all the time! Is there anything better?

On-the-Go project bags!
On-the-Go project bags!

 These tops are a dream to spin. Shown here on merino, with the exception of "Melancholy" shown on merino/tencel, and "Pugilist" shown on merino/bamboo. All these color options are available on all four fiber bases (merino, bfl, merino/tencel, merino/bamboo) and all yarn weights (sock/fingering, dk, worsted, bulky, thick and thin. Monochromatic variegated color options are not limited to those shown, any single color can be selected and will be dyed for a variegated result on the fiber or yarn of your choosing.

Hand dyed tops!
Hand dyed tops!

 The colors shown here, as above, are available on all fiber and yarn options. Monochromatic variegated color options are not limited to those shown, any single color can be selected and will be dyed for a variegated result on the fiber or yarn of your choosing. All shown here on sock yarn.

Hand dyed yarns!
Hand dyed yarns!
More Yarn Colorways!
More Yarn Colorways!

 Making art batts is one of my favorite creative endeavors. Spinning them is a close second. Here are some examples of art batts I have made.

Art batts!
Art batts!

 These bracelets are a blast to knit up and have finally given me a way to use up the bits of yarn I have after completing projects. All made from hand spun yarn these are knit over a sold core to avoid stretching and ensure they will last.

Bracelets, hand knit from hand spun yarn!
Bracelets, hand knit from hand spun yarn!

 Gradient batts are an amazing way to show off your favorite color. Spin or felt these up and make something spectacular, for yourself or a loved one!

Gradient batts!
Gradient batts!

 Silk hankies are truly a versatile fiber. Spin, felt, or knit right from the hankie. These are fun and their uses only limited by your own imagination!

Hand dyed silk hankies!
Hand dyed silk hankies!

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this project include the potential for delays in getting supplies needed to fulfill incentive packages. I believe that having several different suppliers will aid in avoiding this particular potential obstacle. Furthermore, should demand exceed my expectations, there is the risk that I will not be able to complete the project bags on my own within the time frame I have set. I have procured a back up seamstress who is on the ready to assist should I need her services in an effort to avoid those potential delays.
I have also allowed for a great deal more time than I anticipate needing to complete the projects to allow for any delays in procuring materials and tools.

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    Want to help but really can't afford much, or you don't participate in fiber arts? Here is an option for you. At this giving level you will get my sincerest gratitude. Thank you for your support!

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    Show off your love of fiber arts with a one of a kind hand knit fiber bracelet made with hand spun yarn.

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    One ounce of hand dyed silk hankies in any single color of your choice.

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    One 2 ounce art batt. Fun and funky, colors and fibers will vary. See photos for representations of MIRLA Fiber Arts art batts. These batts will be my choice of colors and fibers but please do note any fiber allergies for exclusion.

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    Build your own incentive package!!! Choose from all the incentives offered to create a package suited just to you. Be sure to adjust your pledge amount to at least match your choices. Choose hand-knit bracelets $15 each, 1 oz hand dyed silk hankies $15 per oz, Art batts $15 per 2 oz, 4 oz braid hand dyed spinning fiber $20 each, 1 skein hand dyed yarn $25 each, 4 oz gradient batts $30 each, On-the-Go project bags $45 each.

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    One 4 ounce braid of spinning/felting fiber in your choice of merino, bfl, merino/tencel, or merino/bamboo. Choose any monochromatic variegated color (one single color kettle dyed w/ variegated results) OR choose one of the following colorways: Pugilist, Earthen Amethyst, Broken Rainbow, Sea Turtle, Melancholy, Sun Salutation, In the Pines, or Nighttiming. *See photos for examples of each colorway.

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    One skein hand dyed yarn in your choice of fingering/sock, dk, worsted, bulky, or thick and thin yarn weight. Choose any monochromatic variegated color (one single color kettle dyed w/ variegated results) OR choose one of the following colorways: Pugilist, Earthen Amethyst, Broken Rainbow, Sea Turtle, Melancholy, Sun Salutation, In the Pines, or Nighttiming. *See photos for examples of each colorway. Skeins will range from 100-115+ grams each.

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    Double up art batt option: One 4 ounce art batt. Fun and funky, colors and fibers will vary. See photos for representations of MIRLA Fiber Arts art batts. These batts will be my choice of colors and fibers but please do note any fiber allergies for exclusion.

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    One 4 ounce gradient batt. Choose reds, oranges, yellows (not pictured), greens, blues, purples, pinks, or rainbow. See photos for examples. Choose sparkle or no sparkle, texture or no texture, silk or no silk!

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    Double up braid option: two 4 ounce braids of spinning/felting fiber in your choice of merino, bfl, merino/tencel, or merino/bamboo. Choose any monochromatic variegated color (one single color kettle dyed w/ variegated results) OR choose one of the following colorways: Pugilist, Earthen Amethyst, Broken Rainbow, Sea Turtle, Melancholy, Sun Salutation, In the Pines, or Nighttiming. *See photos for examples of each colorway.

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    Hand felted, hand sewn On-the-Go project bag. Choose your silk color (any single color). Choose sparkle or no sparkle.

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    Double up skein option: two skeins hand dyed yarn in your choice of fingering/sock, dk, worsted, bulky, or thick and thin yarn weight. Choose any monochromatic variegated color (one single color kettle dyed w/ variegated results) OR choose one of the following colorways: Pugilist, Earthen Amethyst, Broken Rainbow, Sea Turtle, Melancholy, Sun Salutation, In the Pines, or Nighttiming. *See photos for examples of each colorway. Skeins will range from 100-115+ grams each.

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    Double up gradient batt option: Two 4 ounce gradient batts. Choose reds, oranges, yellows (not pictured), greens, blues, purples, pinks, or rainbow. You can choose two of the same or two different gradient color options. See photos for examples. Choose sparkle or no sparkle, texture or no texture, silk or no silk!

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    Hand felted, hand sewn On-the-Go project bag plus one skein of yarn OR one braided top. Color choices for bag and fiber or yarn are as outlined in those individual incentive descriptions.

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    Hand felted, hand sewn On-the-Go project bag plus one skein of yarn AND one braided top. Color choices for bag, fiber, and yarn are as outlined in those individual incentive descriptions.

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    Big Ol' braid option: Four 4 ounce braids of your choosing, same or different colorways! The ultimate spinner's package!

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    Big Ol' batt & braid option: Two 4 ounce batts PLUS two 4 ounce braids of your choosing. Choose gradient and/or art batts, and any of the available braid colors/colorway options! Request matching for project quantities, or mix it up for variety! The ultimate spinner's package!

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    Yowza That's a Lotta Yarn! skein option: four skeins hand dyed yarn in your choice of fingering/sock, dk, worsted, bulky, or thick and thin yarn weight. Choose any monochromatic variegated color (one single color kettle dyed w/ variegated results) OR choose one of the following colorways: Pugilist, Earthen Amethyst, Broken Rainbow, Sea Turtle, Melancholy, Sun Salutation, In the Pines, or Nighttiming. *See photos for examples of each colorway. Skeins will range from 100-115+ grams each.

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    Big Ol' batt option: Four 4 ounce batts. Choose any mix of gradient and/or art batts! The ultimate spinner's package!

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