Indie Dyers: Limited Edition Pop-Up Shops

April 19, 2019

Indie Dyers: Limited Edition Pop-Up Shops

The attention to detail and depth of colors in indie dyed yarn makes knitting with them an absolute treat. There are so many talented indie dyers we love that we cannot possibly stock them all in store. Since each skein is made by hand it is often difficult for small studios to keep up with the demand for product.
We have devised a yarn series that we are thrilled about: Limited Edition Pop-Up Shops. This means we will get a huge shipment of a brand in and when it's gone, it's gone for good. This system allows both you and us to sample fun yarns and make a diverse spread of projects utilizing each company's unique approach to colors, speckles, bases, and more!  It also allows us to highlight a wide range of indie dyers that we adore! We are excited to kick off this series with two amazing companies: Life In The Long Grass (#litlg) and Emma's Yarn (#emmasyarn). Read more about why we love each, below.

Life In The Long Grass (aka LITLG)

LITLG was formed by Caroline and Jonny, an architect and graphic designer who moved back to the Irish countryside from city life in order to appreciate a slower and more mindful approach of life. The pair find inspiration from the rustic countryside life around. They value the process of knitting and making as much as the value the beautiful yarn they dye.

LITLG sources the wool from small farms in South America and British Breeds. They uses washfast and lightfast dyes which minimize the environmental impact. The LITLG labels are all made of 100% recycled paper. 

The care and dedication to connecting with the land through color inspiration and environmentally conscious dyeing, truly sets LITLG apart from other indie dyers. We have Fine Sock and Merino Twist DK - head on over and check it out!

Emma's Yarn

Emma's Yarn started in a high school math lesson about ratios. Emma fell in love with dyeing yarn and so she teamed up with her sister Aspen to create Emma's Yarn. The sisters had so much fun creating alternating, speckled color ways that, with their parents encouragement, they embarked on creating a small, indie-dyed yarn company. This family-run dye studio is based out of Florida with the mission of creating bright and beautiful yarns that people will enjoy creating with and wearing.

In stock we are carrying three different bases: Beautifully Basic Sock, Hella Hank (150 g!), and Practically Perfect Smalls.

Colorful Project Ideas

Colorful yarns are a joy to look at as a skein but sometimes it is difficult to visualize them in your wardrobe. Below are a few of our favorite projects which are perfect for indie-dyed skeins.

Fading Point

Worked from the ends towards the middle, Fading Point plays with geometry, symmetry, and changing color. This shawl is a large enough to wrap around shoulders for warmth or simply drape for an elegant touch.

Fluorite

Fluorite fades between brights and neutrals in the form of a slouchy, house sock. These simple socks are comfortable to wear and beautiful to look at. As our resident socks knitter says, when you are yarn shopping "sock yarn doesn't count!"

Sunset Highway

Sunset Highway drapes beautifully as a comfortable, casual sweater. The pattern allows the maker to play with both speckled and tonal yarns - using shifts in value to pop different design elements within the sweater.

Find Your Fade

Find Your Fade is a great shawl which alternates between garter and lace sections while gently fading from one color to the next. The result is a stunning fabric which holds multiple colors in colorful melody.