Today I’m bringing you something NEW to the blog! A review of some fiber that I recently purchased! I even made a video!
I’d like to introduce you to a new Indie Fiber Dyer on Etsy! Her name is Lindy and she is The First Draft on Etsy!
1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
Okay, well I’m an independent fiber dyer with a shop on Etsy. What I do is play with fiber and color, which is awesome. The idea of getting paid to do it is still a little crazy to me.
2. Can you talk a little bit about what inspires you?
My inspirations are all over the board. At first, I went straight with the shop concept, which is fiber colored and named for lines and ideas from literature. I have a wide concept of what makes literature, by the way; from Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to A Clockwork Orange, to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Then, well, I decided that was too narrow, and I’ve used colors and names from sports teams, TV shows, movies, and even one from a drive my husband and I made a few months ago.
3. Do you have a favorite colorway or fiber that you offer?
My favorite fiber is impossible to choose, I love all of them. For colorway, it’s usually the one I just finished. Overall, though, I’d say it’s probably Amhrán na bhFiann. I love green and am proud of my Irish heritage.
4. How did you get into dyeing?
Heh. Well, I decided that I wanted a color I couldn’t find. So I bought dye and fiber, threw them in a pot with some vinegar, and unsurprisingly it didn’t turn out exactly as I expected. It was then that I realized it was going to be a long expensive process to learn, and I was going to have to do something to keep my house from filling up with fiber while learning, not to mention my running out of money pretty quickly. Hence, the shop.
5. What will be next for you? Anything in the future you can give us a hint on?
Well… I’m considering a few things, given requests I’ve gotten from various sources. The biggest one right now is that I’m thinking of adding sock yarn to my dyeing repertoire. It may not be until the new year because of the investment needed in both money and time – and I’m about to start a full time job and have college classes on top of it. But the idea is there, and it just keeps reminding me that everyone needs more sock yarn.
6. When did you learn to knit or spin and who taught you?
Knitting, I learned from my step-father’s mother when I was seventeen. It’s been put away and pulled back out many times over the years, and really only became a major hobby about two years ago. Spinning, I just started less than a year ago. It was an exercise in frustration at first, and I almost gave up, but someone on Ravelry urged me to find a local spinning guild. Soon after, I ran into a member of my local guild at a Celtic fair, and I almost immediately joined up. A few months later, Mr. Lucky bought me my first wheel, a Lendrum DT.
7. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?
While I really want to visit the whole world, I’m pretty happy living in the US. I’d just like to be closer to the ocean. The husband and I plan to retire to Oregon or Washington, near the coast. I’d like Hawaii, but the husband didn’t enjoy his time there.
8. What’s been your worst knitting or in your case it could be a fiber dyeing disaster?
The worst dyeing problem I’ve had was when I decided to overdye some commercially purchased yarn in my crock pot for personal use. Then we went out for the afternoon, and I forgot about it. Oops. Let me tell you, the smell of lightly burned silk and vinegar permeating the house does not make anyone happy.
Thank you Lindy for letting me interview you and give a review of your shop!!!
You can contact Lindy on Ravelry (luckylindey) or Plurk (luckylindey)!
Please use the coupon code SPARKEE for 12% off anything in her shop until August 31st!
Thank you for watching the first ever video review on the blog!