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It is time to get to have a little virtual meet and greet with another wonderful Indie dyer, in this case two-Jennifer and Christina. The dynamic duo is a sister team and their passion is expressed via their shop , Wee Chickadee Woolery.
When did you start your business?
The idea for our business started in 2013. Christina had begun to experiment with hand dyeing yarn and showed me what she was up to, even gifting me a skein or two. That Thanksgiving, after a few glasses of wine (isn’t that how all great plans are hatched? :D ), we began to talk about how much fun it would be to open an Etsy shop. We picked our name, hashed out some plans, and began to dream of becoming world famous indie dyers. Haha! Just kidding ;) We were happy enough with the idea of sharing our creations with other yarn-y friends and fiber fiends. At that time, the shop was just for fun and not meant to become an income. However in 2014, Jennifer left her long time job in banking and our Etsy shop became a natural next career path.
What inspired you to dye yarn and what inspires your colors?
We both love knitting and had our first encounter with hand dyed yarn at Sock Summit 2009 in Portland, Oregon. We remember the experience vividly because we'd never seen so much beautiful yarn before all in one place. It was overwhelming and love at first sight! There is something about hand dyed yarn that is irresistible. It glows and has a warmth to it that commercially dyed yarns don’t have. We dye our yarns with the intend to create something special and give the knitter/crocheter/weaver that same happy experience.
As native Oregonians, we were raised with a deep respect for and love of nature. We both live in rural parts of the state and are surrounded by the natural world every day. That love for nature is a way of life for us, so we find we’re inspired by the way colors change as the light shifts during the day or filters through leaves or clouds and by the changing seasons.
How about a little about you both?
We’re sisters, 7 years apart in age, and the best of friends. We have a lot in common and both love road trips, live music, going to the local brewery for a pint, finding old historic cemeteries, hitting up fiber festivals, quiet afternoons knitting on the couch with our doggos, and going for hikes in the Fall in big cozy sweaters. And when we laugh together it sounds like surround sound! :D
Where do you see yourself and the business in 5 years?
If allowed to dream big, we’d love to have our own yarn shop with a dye studio in the back. We’d have knit nights, classes, educational speakers and be a gathering place for the fiber arts community in our area. It would be even more awesome if we could have a pet goat or sheep as a mascot for the shop! Although an angora bunny would work too. :)
Your favorite dessert?
Oh my gosh! We both love German Chocolate cake and used to fight over who got it on their birthday. Our birthdays are September 16th and September 17th and, according to our parents, only one of us could have German Chocolate cake because no one else wanted it two days in a row. :D
How wonderful was that? Despite the questions being the same, it has been so interesting to hear how our featured Indie dyers questions are so different.
I truly fell in love with Wee Chickadee Woolery via their Etsy shop. One of those time when you are "window shopping" and you need to step away or else you will end up not eating for a month, (who needs to eat?). But I caved and decided to contact the shop owners asking if they would be interested in being featured- lucky for us I got a yes!
Some of you may have seen the progress on my own socks using Wee Chickadee Woolery Smooshy sock yarn in the color Rose Moss. Now this color wasn't in the shop so I sheepishly asked if I could have dyed up after seeing it in the sold section. Yay! I could not be happier. Despite not taking a picture yet of the FO, I can tell you this yarn was a dream to knit with and after soaking it's smoosh factor raised it to another level. Heavenly!
Now it is one thing to drool over the pic of my beautiful Rose Moss yarn but an entirely another thing to drool over this stunning skein that Wee Chickadee Woolery has generously sent for one lucky winner. And I can tell you this one really wanted to stay with me, but for the greater cause I decided to let it go. ;)
This beauty is named Sprinkles on Top. Can you stand it? If would like a chance to win this stunning skein please leave a comment telling me your favorite colorway or color combinations from Wee Chickadee Woolery's Shop. The giveaway is open to entries world-wide. Comments will close July 1st midnight (PST) and the winner will be announced via a blog post July 2nd.
Thank you so much Jennifer and Christina for sharing the beauty that is Wee Chickadee Woolery with my blog.
Have the best day today!