— Welcome to the Love Fest —
We have a thing for huge, cozy knits. Based in San Francisco, we travel up and down the West Coast to source and spin the most beautiful fiber we can find.
We're also passionate about traveling far. From Nepal to New Zealand, we love learning from communities with vibrant textile traditions. We partner with artisans and pastoralists to bring you fiber with a story and the ability to support livelihoods.
— Our Yarn —
- Our collection begins with a line that is West Coast local. We partner with a family-run mill in Washington State where Huacaya alpaca share their softest fiber with us for our Pure Love and ReLove yarn lines. Pure Love is made from 100% undyed alpaca sourced from family-raised herds of the Pacific Northwest and spun in small batches by our family-run mill.
- Our partner mill also spins alpaca and merino wool with recycled plastic water bottle fiber to create our exclusive ReLove line. Yup, that's right: super fine, super soft fiber made out of rPET, or recycled plastic bottles. Why rPET fiber you may ask? We at Love Fest Fibers really dislike plastic and that's exactly why we use it. Recent stats show that a ridiculous 91% of the plastics we consume in America end up in landfills (not to mention the ocean). That is millions of tons of plastic that could be put to far better use. Each 50-yard ball of ReLove Merino reuses the equivalent of ~15 plastic bottles. Just think, the blanket you knit from 2 bumps of 100-yard ReLove Merino contains 60 recycled plastic bottles.
- Our yarn line extends to the far-off places we love most, starting with the Tibetan Plateau. We partner with a workshop in Kathmandu where an incredible group of 40 women skilled in felt-making create our Tough Love line. Using water, soap and a whole lot of muscle power, they transform New Zealand wool into yard after yard of hearty felt yarn. The full line is dyed locally in Kathmandu to create our own ever-expanding range of vibrant colors. This collection seeks to create consistent income for our team in Kathmandu in light of Nepal's ongoing development challenges.
HANDSPUN LOVE + KULLU
- Our love for the Tibetan Plateau extends to a remote area of eastern Tibet called Golok where we create unique lines of handspun yarn. Our Handspun Love and Kullu collections are the result of special collaborations with nomad artisans of the high Plateau.
- For our Handspun Love collection, we've partnered with a workshop made up of nomads who have recently been placed into settlements; without land and livestock they now sustain their livelihood from fiber craft. Each ball of yarn is hand-spun in small batches using a drop spindle, each taking 5 days to create. Our artisans bring over 40 years of high altitude yak herding and hand spinning to their craft.
- For our Kullu collection we've partnered with Shangdrok, a workshop of nomad artisans on the high grasslands. Shangdrok is helping to reinvigorate and preserve fiber craft. Each skein of Kullu is handspun from pure yak down and takes 2 days to create. And because this line is made from yak down, its economic benefit is two-fold: it supports not only the livelihoods of its artisan spinners but also the region's herder families who collect down from the grasslands (it sheds from a herd naturally each spring and falls to the ground like fruit) thus creating an additional stream of income.
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— Your Impact —
We see each purchase you make as the start of something great: not only will you be making something incredible with your hands but also support communities with vibrant fiber traditions. We founded Love Fest Fibers with the goal of investing in the yarn maker communities with which we work. As we grow, we will invest a percentage of our profits in programs that directly benefit our partners. We aim to take you on that journey as we explore our partner communities' needs.