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October yarn review

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Fall is already here and I simply love it. It is by far my favourite season: the colours, the feelings, the start of sweater season................ So today I am going to introduce you an indie dyer, whose colours really bring the Fall to my needles. 
I found her by chance, as it often happens to me, on Instagram. I really loved her yarn at first sight, deep colours, no fluos, nor striking ones, but all of them bringing back memories of nature, earth, either with rich saturated colours or with subtle speckles. This Canadian firm looks into woods, crops or water for inspiration.


It was supposed to be very difficult to grab a skein, so I set my alarm and got ready to be fast and.........I could only grab a sock skein kit and that is how I started my VIOLA's yarn collection.

When I got it on my hands, I could not believe how soft it was and how rich was the colour. I was sure I needed more of that gorgeous yarn.
I discovered that Emily Foden, the sweet lady behind VIOLA, was prepari…

Q-LANA

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This first thing that catched my attention from this online shop was the amazing range of yarn bases they worked with. I simply fell in love!!
It is true that the site is draft in German (a language I can read), but do not be scared. Ute von Cappeln, the lady behind the scenes, is fluent both in English and Spanish, and she will solve all your doubts. In fact, she is working on an English version of the site.



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What types of fibers do you work with? I buy the fibers in Great Britain or South America. I like interesting and noble mixes, so almost all my threads contain some silk, cashmir or yak.



My most important requirement? I do not buy fibers from sites where mulesing is practiced. We have an exclusive fiber that is spun in Great Britain for us and which is made up of Merino Falkland, Polwarth, Silk and Merino d'arles. We only sell it without dyeing, so we decided to call it "Ungeschminkt" (without makeup).

(For those of you who do not know it, mulesing is an aw…

The Farmers Daughter Fibers

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Today we are going to talk with Candice English, the indie dyer behind the scenes at The Farmers Daughter Fibers. If I would live in the United States, I think this would be my reference shop. So far I have knitted her Foxy Lady, Squish Sport and Craggy Tweed and I simply love all of them. All the colours seem to play together really well, as having a common root, despite being so different.

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The first time I saw your yarn I fell in love with its colours, which types of fibers do you work with? There is something to be said about working with wool, it has so many amazing qualities. It's ruggedness and durability but yet its soft and gentle. I really just can't get enough. That's why you will find all of the yarns I dye have wool content in them. I love a rich lanolin natural fiber, but I also really love dying and working with super wash yarns as well. I feel like my creative expression is held on these yarns more than a non-Superwash wool. 


And which kind of dyes? I u…

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin Dear all, Just a very short post to inform that from now on, you can also follow my blog with Bloglovin'. Happy knitting and get ready for our next interview to be posted next September 29th!!! It is going to be amazing!! Josef

Wool Up North

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Federica Mudu is the indie dyer behind Wool Up North. This Italian lady now living in Norway has her own colour palette, full of joy and the sun from her beloved country of origin.



I was lucky enough to come across this sweet person some time ago and I enjoy her chats about anything that crosses our minds at a certain moment, from cooking to knitting, of course, always some yarn or knitting is involved!!

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How did you start dying yarn?I fell madly in love with hand dyed yarn while I was pregnant with my younger about three years ago, I started to look into how it was made and me and my oldest boy (who was about 3 years old at that time) started playing in the kitchen with edible pigments. It was lots of fun, and lots of crazy colours. I experimented a lot with botanical dyes and professional acid pigments after that for about one year before opening my own little Etsy shop.


Do you have a chemical background? Yes, I do. I have a PhD in inorganic chemistry, and a master degree in p…

September yarn review

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Yarn, yarn, yarn, it is all about yarn. Colours, textures, feelings. Knitting is an adult game, where instead of using colour pencils we use gorgeous yarns to draw our dreams.
So the first thing you have to do is GO SHOPPING! 
If you are as crazy as I am, you are likely to have set your alarm clock not to miss a yarn update from your fav indie dyer. But that is not always necessary and sometimes you can make a relax purchase, not as often as I would like to, though. 
Through my yarn reviews, I shall try to show you different sites where to buy your yarn and have a smart experience, giving you some tips to help you going through those crazy updates!!
Today we are going to get to know to fully opposite experiences, from a crazy one to a much more relaxing one.
Grab a beverage and enjoy!!
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USCHITITA
This site based in The Netherlands offers amazing yarn only available for those with very fast fingers, since skeins disappear in a few minutes.

They offer different yarn base…

Welcome to my new blog!!

Hi there!!
This is the first post of a brand new blog. You may find all my old entries, which were drafted in Spanish and were about baking, quilting and sewing patchwork. I thought it was a pity to delete them.
However, from now on you are going to read (or even get at your mail box, if you subscribe) about knitting, yarn and any other related issues I may feel like to write about.
More specifically, there will be two main types of posts, at least an interview and a yarn review per month. Right now I am still organising the agenda, and since so many people accepted my invitation for an interview,  you may get them twice a month in some occasions.
Whom am I going to interview?
I have a gorgeous bunch of indie dyers, knitters, shops, etc. who have accepted my invitation, so you are going to get to know them more in depth and this should add a extra value to their yarn, patterns, etc.
Of course, if you wish me to contact someone for an interview, please leave a comment below or go to my…

No es un adiós, es un NOS VEMOS EN SEPTIEMBRE

¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡Hoooooooooooooooooola!!!!!!!!!!!
¿Alguien se acuerda de mi? Yo tenía un blog....................este blog..................pero todos evolucionamos y hace meses que no tenía inspiración como para sentarme delante del ordenador y escribir.
Sin embargo, esta semana decidí que no podía abandonar este proyecto, sino que debía adaptarlo a mi realidad actual.
Ahora quiero daros las gracias por estar ahí, por las muestras de cariño tanto públicas, como privadas e informaros que está será la última entrada del blog actual.
Os pido que no os marchéis, aunque va a cambiar la temática, el formato y hasta el idioma, pues a partir de ahora los posts irán en inglés mayoritariamente, con notables excepciones, (pero recordad que en el lateral tenéis el boton para poder traducir el texto íntegramente).
Espero que sigáis conmigo en esta nueva etapa y si es así, nos leemos en septiembre.
¡Feliz verano!
Josef