— 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 a happy herd of 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 the family's herd that grazes just steps away from the mill. It is here that our skilled team works in small batches to create our yarn.
- Our 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 rescues and reuses some 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 yarn seeks to create consistent income for our team in Kathmandu after the devastating earthquakes of 2015 and the country's development challenges.
- Our love for Tibetan Plateau extends to a remote area of eastern Tibet called Amdo where we create a unique line of handspun yarn. Our Handspun Love collection is the result of a special collaboration with artisans of the high grasslands. Our partner workshop is made up of Tibetan nomads who have recently been placed into settlements; without land and livestock they now sustain their livelihood from fiber craft. Each ball is hand-spun in small batches, each taking 5 days to create. Our artisans bring over 40 years of high altitude yak herding and hand spinning to their craft.
— 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.