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 yarn enabling tendencies. As a keen crocheter for the past 5 years or so, and a newbie knitter (I'm still one of those actually - note to self: must spend some time rectifying this in the new year ...) I have been spending inordinate amounts of time 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. gorge!
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 those times in the 70s - I'm actually searching through old photos to find some!)
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 currently.
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 20 repeatable colourways, and have many more in the pipeline. Further colourways are already in the pipeline. Travel, food and all manner of other stuff inspires my creations.
My creative side has been looking for a new home in recent year, and happily Yarn Whisperer is that home.
Come on in and make yourself comfortable. I'll get the kettle on!