Happy Sunday! Can I just tell you that these monthly indie dyer features have been one of the best ideas I have had in a long time? It has been so amazing to get to know these artists on a personal and business level.
March I get the privilege of introducing you to the talented, Kirsten of Knitting a Love Song. Before I got to know her yarn, I watched her wonderful podcast and fell in love with her infectious personality. Her projects and yarn all speak to my heart. I have no doubt that after meeting Kirsten you will fall in love with her as well.
I am 29 years old and for the first 20 years of my life, I lived in New York. When I moved to New Orleans, I barely knew anyone and didn't have a job right away. I taught myself to knit through youtube and soon found Ravelry.com Knitting A Love Song officially opened in February of 2016, but my love for dyeing yarn came long before that. I started dyeing my own yarn in 2012 with kool-aid, food coloring and vinegar. Before I knew it, I was over-dyeing skeins of yarn I had bought years earlier and coming up with new, rich color combinations.
In 2015, I found myself feeling burnt out at my full time job and uninspired with my knitting. I struggled with depression my entire life and it seemed like it was only getting worse. I mentioned to my boyfriend that I wished I could just dye yarn all day for a living and he said, "why not?" The prospect of opening Knitting A Love Song and being able to dye yarn seemed like a dream come true. When I get to play with the dye pots, all my stress and anxiety seems to melt away. I dye colors that I love, in hopes that my customers will love them, too.
My inspiration comes from things and places in New York and New Orleans, as well as my mood at the time. I started my podcast in 2016 and while my episodes were sporadic, I feel that it gave me more motivation to knit. I have made the resolution to record at least 26 episodes this year. I have made so many amazing friends through knitting, podcasting and dyeing yarn.
I feel so lucky to be part of a community that values generosity, creativity, kindness and love. I hope that with the continued support of my customers and other fellow indie dyers, that within the next five years, I could make Knitting A Love Song my full-time job. There is nothing more relaxing and fun to me than dyeing yarn for my shop.
Kirsten has an wonderful group on Ravelry and is currently hosting a Stash Down KAL. Here is a bit more about it:
they’re too nice to use, and/or to find uses for
What a brilliant love Kirsten is right? Not only is she talented but also extremely generous and has offered up a skein to one lucky winner from her Etsy shop. The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will get to choose the yarn- I know right?! If that weren't enough Kirsten is also offering up a 15% discount code to her shop- MSKLOVE.
The giveaway will be open until Saturday March 25th at midnight. The winner will be drawn via random number generator and announced via a blog post on the 26th. To enter please leave a comment (make sure to include your email address when prompted- no need to enter it into the comment itself) and tell me your favorite colorway in the Knitting a Love Song shop or what color would you like to see.
Thank you Kirsten for allowing me to feature you and your beautiful yarn on my blog. I feel like I have gained a new friend in the process-lucky me.
I will leave you with an episode of the Knitting a Love Song podcast and wish you the very best day today!