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Features Silver Threads offering custom yarn

From left, Kristen McDougall with Lenore; Virginia Murphy; Amy Murphy, and Laura Marshall stand in front of the selection of custom made yarn at Siver Threads and golden Needles on 41 E. Main Street. Photo by Betsey GooderThe folks at the yarn shop on Main Street have been very busy spinning and dyeing lately, and have unveiled their own, unique line of yarn.

According to Silver Threads and Golden Needles owner Virginia Murphy, PEAKS is a culmination of a love of fiber and color, brought together by Western North Carolina artisans. Virginia’s partners, Kristin McDougall and Amy Murphy, are “so excited to share this new yarn with the knitting and crochet community. It has a handspun look and a beautiful feel that is just perfect for handwork.”

The yarn is a blend of merino, mohair, and silk, processed and spun at Echoview Fiber Mill in Weaverville, N.C., and dyed by Virginia here in Franklin. “We like to call it ‘greenspun’ in recognition of Echoview’s commitment to energy conservation and local sourcing” says Virginia of this product. Echoview is the USA’s first LEED certified fiber mill and has as its goal to serve as a quality, environmentally sustainable crossroads for the fiber industry and the community.

The component fibers were sourced as locally as possible. The merino is from Prince Edward Island, Canada; the silk is from England; the mohair is from local North Carolina farms.

“The merino and mohair add softness and loft to the yarn, while the silk increases color depth and adds to the soft feel” according to the yarn experts. Virginia has been spinning, weaving, dyeing, and knitting for many years and wanted to be able to provide a locally unique product in her Franklin shop. Her sophisticated sense of color is evident in the palette of 25 gorgeous multi- and semisolid colors, each named after a different North Carolina mountain peak.

Colors such as Cold Mountain, Copper Ridge, and Prettyland Mountain will stir your heart and provide hours of knitting and weaving pleasure as you remember your time in the Western North Carolina mountains.

Silver Threads and Golden Needles is a full service fiber shop located at 41 E. Main Street, Franklin, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.





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