3 Indie Dyers You Need to Know
Like many knitters, I spend a lot of my time searching for yarn. I’ve fallen in love with indie-dyed yarns, so I hunt the web for dyers and colorways that will inspire me. But shopping for yarn online is a bit like wine tasting with a terrible cold—you can’t fully savor the experience. Similarly, with an electronic device, it’s impossible to see the true colors or feel the softness of yarn. So I experiment! Here’s my list of 3 indie dyers I can’t get enough of.
I came across HauteKnitYarn on Instagram and went into full drool mode while looking at all of the colorful pictures. The company’s Instagram page is filled with what can only be described as “yarn porn.”
Shellee Poulin, a Maine-based indie dyer and owner of HauteKnitYarn, mixes colors that excite! For Shellee, becoming an indie dyer seems almost like fate.
“I think speckles often let colors play together nicely that wouldn’t normally,” says Shellee. “I think my best colorways come out of the stuff that pops into my head while I’m in the studio. Normally, I start with one color, grab a jar of something I like to mix with that, and so on.”
Follow Shellee on Instagram @hauteknityarn and shop her beautiful yarns at www.HauteKnitYarn.etsy.com.
2. Oink Pigments
Pigs and puns—those are the two words that triggered the branding of an American-made yarn-dyeing business. Helena, Alexa, and Julie of Oink Pigments came together as friends and fiber lovers and became business partners who have a love for pigs and puns.
When the trio started their business, they established that it was important to keep their product made in America— from sheep to shelf—as much as possible. Most of the fiber farms and all of the mills they work with are in the United States.
If it were feasible to have 100 percent of all our products made in America, we absolutely would do that. It’s important to us to support the American wool industry and promote American wool,” Helena says.
Follow Oink Pigments on Instagram @oinkpigments and shop their American-made yarns at www.oinkpigments.com.
3. Witch Candy Yarn
The dyer behind Witch Candy Yarn, Susan Gomes, began her dyeing journey in 2013 after she became dissatisfied with the selection at her local yarn shops. She turned to the internet and found Lindsay Baker of Family Roots Fibers; Lindsay’s yarns always sold out quickly, though, so Susan decided to start dyeing her own yarn.
Susan taught herself the dyeing process using YouTube videos and library books, and she started dyeing with Kool-Aid and cake-frosting dyes. She soon tried acid dyes and was absolutely hooked. Her daughter encouraged her to try selling her yarn, and she opened her Etsy shop in 2014 with just a few skeins. The business has been growing ever since.
The name “Witch Candy Yarn” comes from both process and product. As Susan stands over vats of boiling water, she channels her inner witch to mix colorful potions in a bubbling cauldron. At the end of the dyeing process, she gets what she considers to be the ultimate candy: delicious skeins of beautifully dyed yarn.
Follow Susan on Instagram @WitchCandyYarn and shop her concoctions at www.witchcandy.etsy.com.
Find the full article on Witch Candy Yarn in knitscene Fall 2018!
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