Today's Yarn Babies post is super special. Michele from Republic of Wool helped spark in me a new found passion for using color in my designs. Her impeccable use of the much coveted speckle combined with her bold color mash-ups put me on a full-blown yarn hoarding bender and I hunted down her yarns anywhere and everywhere that I could find them! Michele inspires me to be bold and reach beyond what feels safe when choosing colors. It's like being given an entire new palette to work with. I know you will find her work just as inspiring as I do, so I made sure to time this post with one of her shop updates! She is planning an update for Wednesday 7/27, and you'll want to be quick so you don't miss out!
Take it away, Michele!!
Could you tell us a little bit about what brought you to dyeing yarn?
What brought me to dyeing was a love of playing with color, and all the various combinations. I started playing with color in my knitting, and got such great responses that I thought "Why not put these colors together for other people to use in their knitting!?".
You have a special magic when it comes to color, and always seem to find ways to combine unexpected color combinations. Can you tell us what inspires you?
Most combinations just kind of pop into my head. I am constantly thinking about color, and often at night before falling asleep an idea for color pairings will pop into my head, so I have to write it down or text myself so that I remember it in the morning.
There are times though when I am out around town and colors will jump out at me from random places, like chipping paint on a building, or a mural.
Seriously, what is more fun - dyeing or naming the color ways?
Naming my color ways actually is not an easy thing for me. I over think it, and then second guess it, and it ends up being stressful, so I would have to say that dyeing is where the most fun is had! ands down!
Can you tell us about a few of the the different yarns you carry? Do you have a favorite?
I have tried to keep it pretty simple with bases. It has been Twist Fingering and DK for quite some time. Twist Fingering is a high twist SW Merino/Nylon blend, and DK is 100% SW Merino. I recently added a new base to the mix though. Mighty Merino is a hefty skein of 100% SW Merino Fingering weight yarn that is currently my new favorite. Its soft and has a nice drape to it!
What advice would you give to people out there wanting to follow their creative dreams?
Just do it! Dive in with all of your heart and make it happen! The internet is an amazing tool for putting yourself and your creations out there, and the worst that can happen is you end up with a bunch of lovely things you have made!
Where can we find your yarn?
My online shop (www.republicofwool.com)
The Knitting Bee in Portland OR
Twisted in Portland OR
StevenBe in Minneapolis MN
The Altered Stitch in Valley Village CA
What is your spirit animal?
A sea horse!
What is your favorite noise?
The clicking of knitting needles!
Anything else you would like to include?
If you don't already play with color... Try it! You will surprise yourself!
To see some of the outstanding creations Michele has knit out of her yarn, I highly recommend following her on Instagram! She also posts new colorways and shop updates there, as well, from time to time. Summer is the perfect time for color inspiration, and a few of Michele's skeins will help carry you right thru the darker and more monochrome days of winter!
One lucky winner will receive a skein of Heat Wave - one of my all time favorite Republic of Wool colorways! (It looks great paired with so many other colors!! Think turquoise ;) To enter, leave a comment below with a new way you would add color into your life and don't forget to include your email address in the body of the comment! Giveaway ends Sunday, 7/31/16 at midnight EST. And don't forget to check out Michele's shop update on Wednesday!
A big congratulations to Hannah - winner of the Lily Jade bag!! I've emailed you :)