I was so lucky to meet this amazing duo while I was at Rhinebeck - Julie and Jean-Francois of Julie Asselin Yarns. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and their commitment to their craft is admirable. If you were one of the lucky ones to take their course thru Knit Stars, then you know exactly what I'm talking about! Their gorgeous line of yarns are the sort that make you feel really good about what you are working with. Perfect for knitting up a treasure of your own, or better yet, something special for the one you love. Read on to learn more!
Could you tell us a little bit about what brought you to creating your own yarn line?
I have been a knitter for all my life, starting at a young age coming from a very crafty family. Growing up I was, and am still, very much into learning new things and understanding how things work. Coming from knitting and loving to know about things I was curious about fibers, yarns and dyeing so that’s how the business came to be.
Was there a pivotal moment that made you start your business?
I have to say that the business came naturally in a way.I was making small batch of yarn and dyeing for myself and friends and then it translated into stores wanting to purchase from me and it led to making this our every day job. We are very thankful to the knitting community for trusting us with making yarns and colors, as we get to have an amazing job!
What inspires your colors?
Whenever I think up new colors I always think about wearability and purpose of colors as what we knit, someone will wear. I draw inspiration from nature, food, also feelings and emotions in the sense that some colors will translate a state of mind.
What inspires the yarn you use for Julie Asselin Yarns?
We are interested in yarn making as much as we love creating colors. We make it a point to work with Mills and people that are close to us and with fibers that are local when possible or that come from a source that we want to support because of the good work they do for the fiber industry. We are also very conscious about everything that we do and decide on making it as responsible as we can. Choosing sources, procedures and materials that make the most sense environmentally and that promote growth for the great industry that is yarn making. Wanting to make a difference, ever so little, in helping it grow.
Can you tell us about some of the different bases you offer and if you have a favorite?
We have two main line, a 90%Merino 10% Silk (Leizu Fingering,DK,Worsted) that we love for basics and baby knits and a 75/15/10 Merino/Cashmere/Silk that makes for luxurious gift or special garments and accessories.
We are also very happy to be working on a yarn with our good friends at the Green Mountain Spinnery, Nurtured. It is a Woolen Spun, 3 ply worsted weight that we are trilled about as it is durable yet lofty and soft, it only gets better with time and wear!
We have just introduced a Mohair/Silk lace weight that is great for pairing with one of our other bases for extra fun.
We are now working on a new sock yarn and a bulky weight that we hope will be available soon.
I don’t have a favorite, its like choosing a favorite child ☺
What is the most unexpected thing that has happened since creating Julie Asselin yarns?
As I said before, we are amazed and very thankful to the response we have received from the knitting community and to be able to do what we do is a dream come true.
What advice would you give to people out there wanting to follow their creative dreams?
Do it! Be authentic, always trying to think outside the box to bring something new to the table to make your business unique.
What is the most important thing you have learned since creating your business?
It is easy when you work from home to think you can do it another day. You must have a schedule and I learned that fast in the beginning, other wise you can’t keep up!
What is the soundtrack you have playing while dyeing yarn?
It is very difficult to answer as we love music all genres for different reasons! I don’t think I could name 1 song/genre or artist but lets say that if we want to have fun and groove in the studio it will probably be the Jacksons Five or Michael Jackson as it is closely tied to memories for me and very much my kind of beat for dancing.
Where can we find your yarn?
We mostly sell our yarns through yarn shops, an updated list is always available on our website. We also sometimes do Pop Up Updates when a pattern using our yarns come out, knitters can be on the look out for those.
What is your favorite thing to knit?
HATS!!!!! OR SWEATERS!!!! Can’t choose!
What is your spirit animal?
12 years ago, Lonely, our Chihuahua came to me. Jean-Francois, my husband, always says that the belief that a dog and its master are somewhat alike really applies in our case.
What is your favorite noise?
Our Chihuahua makes the cutest noises when dreaming. Or wind blowing by a river on a summer”s night, precise and poetic but true. lol
Julie, thank you so much for taking the time to share with us!
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You guys - I can't even tell you how much I loved reading your Christmas memories on last weeks giveaway post!! I can't wait to make memories like those with my own children! Congratulations to last weeks winner of the Comfort & Joy e-book, Mary!