Today, I bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Acadia Wheel & Loom. In Cate's words:
"Acadia Wheel & Loom is a father-daughter company producing heirloom-quality tools for textile artists to enhance the creative experience.
Rich Carter builds spinning wheels in Bar Harbor, Maine. Cate Carter-Evans designs hand-spun knitting kits, dyes a range of spinning fiber, and shares Rich’s wheels (and soon looms!) with the world via her website, Infinite Twist."
SouleMama: What inspired you to start your business?
Cate: Surrounded by a family full of spinners, weavers, and knitters, Rich absorbed decades of product knowledge about spinning wheels and looms – even before he knew he needed it!
Rich’s designs leverage the best of modern engineering while maintaining the spirit of handcrafted, heirloom tools that are cherished and passed down through generations.
Rich is also a perfectionist, and every detail on his Artisan Spinning Wheel is purposeful and considered.
I’ve been spinning, knitting and weaving my whole life, so the opportunity to help my dad launch these wheels alongside my knitwear designs and fiber products fulfills a lifelong dream.
SouleMama: Tell us about the beginnings of your business.
Cate : When Rich and I decided to start this adventure together, I was working at a job I loathed. I was filling every minute of free time with knitting and spinning to stay happy and balanced, and had just started designing patterns.
Rich had been working on spinning wheel designs for nearly a year, and proposed that we collaborate on a range of heirloom-quality products for spinners, knitters, and weavers.
Eight months later, here we are! The wheels have gone through 12 generations of prototypes to get everything perfect, and the knitting kits and fiber range are looking great, if I do say so myself!
SouleMama: Tell us about your background. What path led you to the work you do today?
Cate: The Carter family is full of makers, and I had the good fortune to grow up in a house full of hand-made treasures. Meals were served at a table Rich designed and built, hand-made quilts topped the beds, and chills were kept away with hand-knitted sweaters.
I learned spinning, weaving, and dyeing from my grandmother, knitting from my mom, and patience, proportion, and design principles hanging around Rich’s wood shop.
For my Dad and I, our business lets us combine what we love – textiles, woodworking, and good design.
For today's giveaway, Acadia Wheel & Loom is generously offering the following gifts to TWO winners:
~ Winner #1: A set of 12 bamboo circular knitting needles in an indigo-dyed
~ Winner #2: Hand-spun knitting kit of the winner’s choice
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To enter today's giveaway, please leave a comment (one entry per person, please) in today's post. I'll close comments by 8:00am EST on Sunday, and announce the winners, chosen via Random Number Generator, shortly after. Comments closed! The winners are:
Winner #1: Such beautiful wheels! I may be in the market for one soon.
Posted by: Beatrice
Winner #2: What a neat business you have! And beautiful products.
Posted by: Greeblygreebly
Thank you, Acadia Wheel & Loom !