Cloud 9 Fiberworks

Daria Rakowski of Cloud 9 Fiberworks answers our questions today. This is her fourth year as a vendor and volunteer with the Manitoba Fibre Festival.
Tell us about your business.
My business is called Cloud 9 Fiberworks and I make and sell hand dyed yarns and fibres, mostly one-of-a-kind or limited run colourways as well as design and sell knitting patterns.
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How did you get started in fibre arts?

There was never any hope of my avoiding fibre arts! I started crocheting and knitting both before I even started grade 1. My aunt was the founder of Vicuna Wool Studios (for those of you with LONG memories) so I was always surrounded by fibre arts of one sort or another. I started dyeing in 2008/09, first learning and supporting Castle Fibres from South Dakota and then on my own, regularly, in 2012.

What inspires you?

I love colour. A lot. A friend recently asked me to take a stab at replicating some very muted yarn that she absolutely adores. I was game for the challenge but told her ‘I don’t do subtle very well.’ Which sort of sums up my creative process: it is usually all about vibrancy.
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What is your favourite piece you have created?
My favourite yarn that I’ve ever made was my first attempt at capturing the Crab nebula. I love love love images from deep space for inspiration and this one turned out just exactly as I had planned. It was the first time I actually struggled to put a tag on something for sale. The lady who eventually purchased it shared a photo with me – it was a wonderful thing to see knit into something well loved.
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