A friend asked me some questions on Ravelry about my yarn stash. In particular about Indie dyers.
I figured why not answer her questions via a post?
First up: How do I find Indie Dyers? A couple of ways. Most of my yarn acquisitions come from seeing other people's projects. There are times when it is love at first sight and I must get me some of that yarn. This is how I discovered Twist & Twine yarns (new name Sundavia Pearl). I admired this project from Neuroknitter, then when on my way to find some of this beautiful yarn.
Being a huge fan of Etsy has helped in finding great dyers. A simple search for self-striping yarn led me to Spinning Fates. It has been love ever since.
Recommendations from other bloggers, Rav members, and friends has also helped build my stash. Case and point ButterflyBush Yarns. I just so happen to be besties with the dyer, so when she opened shop, I was on it. Lucky me as I have quite a few of her lovely creations in my stash.
Next question: What has your experience been? Almost one hundred percent of the time, excellent. Out of my large selection of Indie yarns, I have only had one yarn that didn't measure up. It was labeled as a fingering weight merino, but knit up more like a laceweight and was stiff like thread. Needless to say, I didn't visit that shop again. Of course I am not going to name names. :)
One thing I do want to say about my experience with Indie Dyers is that they are all great. The detail and care they put into their packaging and notes, really tilts the scales in their favor when I am yarn shopping.
Last question: Do I watch for shop updates? No. My view is that there are way too many wonderful yarns and sellers that are not on the "must have" list. If it is yarn that I really want to try, like Lollipop yarns, I will wait till the frenzy goes away, then buy.
Here are some of my very favorite Indie Dyers, based on customer service, quality and overall beauty-
- Spinning Fates
- Gnome Acres
- Desert Visita Dyeworks
- Butterflybush Yarns
- Sundavia Pearl
- The Woolen Rabbit
- SweetBasilFibre works
- Neighborhood Fiber Co.
- Phydeaux Designs
Okay enough rambling for me. Maybe you have some yarn dyers or experiences you would like to share?