I have worked hard to create methods that are efficient yet deliver a consistently high standard.

From beginning to end, every step of my process is done by hand with love and care. Here it is in a nutshell…

creating a list of what needs to be dyed > opening the bags and sorting the quantities I need > adding cotton ties to each skein > pre-soaking overnight > hand-mixing the dyes > making sure dye lots are consistent > hanging the skeins to cool > post-soaking to remove the vinegar smell > rinsing one more time > hanging the skeins to dry > squeezing them gently to speed up drying > re-skeining to redistribute colors, remove all tangles, and prep for braiding > hand-braiding every skein > prepping the labels & hand-writing the colorway names > putting the labels on > packaging to ship

I’ve perfected various methods of kettle-dyeing so that I can offer a broad, ever-growing range of colorways that simply glow. My goal is that every knitter find something that tickles their fancy and inspires a new project or design. While most of my colorways are single-color semi-solids, I have several techniques that create multi-colored yarns. Here are the types of colorways I’ve created so far…

SEMI-SOLIDS: one color with variations of light and dark to create depth
GLAZES: multiple dye baths that create subtle variations between different colors
DIP-DYES: two or more colors in long color repeats
TWISTY-DYES: two or more colors in short color repeats

Behind the Scenes

The ideas for my colorways come from the inspiration I find in everyday life: food, flora, fauna, places, memories, smells, things I hold dear… Growing up close to the mountains of North Georgia gave me a love of mountain living, so a lot of my memories and favorite places are in the Appalachian Mountains where we went to apple festivals and pumpkin farms. I love food — raspberry tea, pecan pie, cinnamon chai, blackberries. And I love the beauty I find in nature, like the new leaves of spring, blue oceans under a summer sky, golden sunlight in the fall, pale wisps of woodsmoke amongst evergreen boughs. I think perhaps that’s why people often say my colorways glow: they’re inspired by a love of life itself, which is beautiful.

Back in 2011 when a dyer friend was doing my dyeing for me and my brand was just getting started, I wanted a unique presentation no one else in the industry had. I wanted to stand out in a market full of twisted skeins. So I thought about it, and what popped into my head was: braided skeins. My sister figured out how to braid a skein, taught me how to do it, and the rest is history. Braiding takes a lot more time than twisting a skein, but that’s okay. It’s unique, it’s gorgeous, and it’s a lot less prone to coming undone during handling because of where I loop the label. And when I tell someone how to find my yarn, all I have to say is “look for the braided skeins.”

I want knitters and yarn shops to enjoy working with my yarns from the moment they go to wind a skein into a cake or ball. That’s why I re-skein every single skein after it’s dyed. It redistributes the colors so that it’s a more accurate representation of how it will look knitted up, but more importantly, it removes all tangles for a smooth ball-winding experience. It’s time-consuming, yes, but it’s been so worth it to hear from knitters and LYS owners alike that my yarns are a dream to wind.

Take a tour of the process of turning un-dyed hanks into the colorful braids knitters love…

{ photos are from my blog series on being a featured dyer with Yarnbox in 2013 }