It's been a minute over here on the blog :) I've just returned from a gorgeous trip to Australia, where I got to teach and speak at the Soul Craft Festival in Melbourne. I am still processing what an amazing trip and moment in my life it was. So while I soak up some time with my family and get through those early brain fog/jet lag days, I thought - why not check out some super gorgeous yarn and the woman behind it??
Without further ado - here is an interview I got to do with the super lovely, Bethany of Woolberry!
PS - fun fact: We both lived in New Zealand!
Could you tell us a little bit about what brought you to dyeing your own yarn line?
It came on a bit of a whim, actually. My husband and I had just moved back to the States from New Zealand and I really had no clue what to do with my life - I think I was experiencing a quarter-life crisis haha. I wanted to do something totally different than what I had been doing for the past few years (nannying) and wanted to incorporate my love for knitting into it. I started brainstorming and remembered how much I loved seeing the different colorways dyers like A Homespun House or Voolenvine Yarns were coming up with and thought why not! I had tried dyeing yarn a few times before (which usually ended in disaster....but that’s a whole other story), so I figured with a bit more research and help from YouTube I could figure it out. So that’s all to say, I basically started out by calling my husband at work one day and asking him if I could can I open a little Etsy shop selling hand-dyed yarn and 1 1/2 years later, here we are!
What inspires your gorgeous colors?
Mostly nature! I lived in New Zealand for a few years with my husband and became more of an outdoor person haha. I began the business using photographs I’d taken while we lived there and transforming them into colorways. Now a lot of my inspiration comes from walks we take on the trail behind our house or our visits to our local botanical gardens.
I know it is probably so hard to pick, but if you had a first timer wanting to try your yarn - what base would you suggest?
Ohhh! I would say my Berry Merino which is a 2-ply 100% Superwash Merino fingering weight yarn. It is so soft, plump, and knits up beautifully. I could knit my entire wardrobe with that base.
What is your favorite type of pattern to knit?
Lately, I’ve really been enjoying making garments. I can’t seem to stop putting sweaters and cardigans on my needles.
What advice would you give to people out there wanting to follow their creative dreams?
I would say, don’t start your business with the intent of making it big because you’ll just end up trying to please all the people around you. Create with what’s already inside of you, find that thing that burns a fire in your soul, and take a leap of faith in yourself because chances are it is just the thing the world needs to see.
What is your favorite noise?
Waterfalls. My husband and I were married close to a waterfall and the sound always reminds me of our wedding day.
What is your spirit animal?
Hmm...I think a dove. It reminds me of peace and hope which is something I always try to carry with me.
Bethany and I have teamed up for a super fun giveaway! Leaving a comment below telling us what your favorite summer knit is, and you will be entered to win a Birds of a Feather Shawl kit!! The giveaway will close Wednesday, 6/20/18 at midnight EST.