Who is @the_YarnWhisperer?
Hi all, Kitey here.
My journey as @the_YarnWhisperer was born in Summer 2018, when I decided to fully embrace my #stashenabler tendencies. As a newbie knitter* and keen crocheter for the past 6 years or so, I have spent inordinate amounts of time over the years, both on t'internet and IRL yarn shops looking at yarn in all glorious forms (and squishing it in the 'real life' shops!) and in particular LOVING all the hand dyed hanks and skeins .. TOO. MUCH. GORGEOUS!
But it also feels a bit like an aligning of the stars.
Some of my happiest early memories involved going to the wool sales in Goulburn, Australia and jumping on the wool bales - Dad was a Wool Buyer for a French Company and the smell of lanolin still takes me back there - and following the buyers as they classed the wool with deft clicks of fleece in their fingers. It was mesmerising, and something that clearly stuck with me.
I wish I had an ACTUAL photo of me from back in the 70s - I'm actually searching through old photos - so far, I came across this absolute gem - My Dad in the paper, talking about the Sales xx
I first hit the dye bath at University (in the late 80s and early 90s) when I majored in Art, as I studied for my Bachelor of Education, in Sydney, Australia. My love of colour has continued ever since. My first experiments were with natural colours, using herbs, vegetables and eucalyptus leaves. I really want to revisit natural dyes in the coming months too, but have embraced acid dyes fully.
in 2000, I met my birthmum and discovered where my 'yarn & thread tendencies' had originated .. her crochet, embroidery and cross stitch skills were incredible .. and I inherited, among other things, her hooks, and a couple of cross stitch projects - one of which was unfinished as she had been working on it when she passed away in 2007. I finished it for her and took up crochet a few years later x
My colourways are dyed in small, limited batches. The techniques I use produce variations between hanks, but the tones and colours of individual batches are consistent throughout the batch. Be sure to choose enough yarn for your intended project from the same batch, or alternate batches for larger projects.
I launched with 7 repeatable colourways (and one special edition, that may indeed become repeatable if my next experiments with it go to plan!) which I update to the shop from time to time, depending on demand. I'm currently dyeing more than 50 repeatable colourways. Further colourways are already in the pipeline. Travel, food, the Universe and all manner of other stuff continues to inspire me.
My creative side has been looking for a new home in recent years, and happily Yarn Whisperer is that home.
Come on in and make yourself comfortable. I'll get the kettle on!
*Jan 2021 UPDATE: I've actually made THINGS now! Pop over to instagram to have a look ...