As part of the Celebrate Colour festivities I foolishly appointed myself the arduous task of trawling the isles of Etsy and the internet to find a collection of stunning yarns from some great independent dyers and spinners. I say foolishly because I have some serious yarn envy going on now, seeing all those sumptuously coloured skeins of wool, silk, alpaca and bamboo made me realise how un-colourful and puny my own stash actually is. Although I am pretty sure there would be some disagreements if I mentioned that wee fact to the man in my life! Anyhoo, of all the yarns and stores I looked I have picked out a few favourites to show you today. I am sure you will have already discovered some of them yourself, I know they have been in my favourites for as long as I can remember, but hopefully there are a couple of new ones too...
I'm guessing a lot of folk will have already heard of Fyberspates, but there is no way I could do a yarn post such as this and not include their Scrumptious collection. I am a huge fan of solid colours in particular and this range is full to bursting with rich saturated tones, even the pastel shades like 'baby pink' seem to ooze colour. It is a blend of 45% silk and 55% merino which makes it a really soft yarn but with a gentle sheen. - (Find them on Ravelry here).
On the Round is a new wee Etsy shop to me but as soon as I saw the muted pastels of Rachel's hand spun merino yarns I loved them. I think the colours are perfect for late autumn / early winter and think a chunky cowl would look perfect in any of her yarns. Lovely! - (Find them on Ravelry here).
Oh Wild Fire Fibres, such a great Etsy shop for semi solid hand dyed yarns. I am particularly coveting these four colours currently available -Silverdale, Harvest Gold (Light), Redwood and India. Apart from the alpaca and silk blend Redwood that is a lace weight, they are all 4ply merino and silk blends making them perfect for cosy socks. I just wish I was better at working with dpn's! Hmmm, maybe a wee shawl scarf instead then? - (Find them on Ravelry here).
As we are celebrating all things to do with autumn and autumnal colours I just had to include Kitty Grrlz hand spun bamboo and Falkland wool yarns. The rich yellow, orange and olive immediately made me think of fields of pumpkins and woodland walks with colourful crunchy leaves underfoot. Oh, and I just adore the colours in Woodland Holiday. I think I would happily have that one just so I could admire it! - (Find them on Ravelry here).
Juno Fibre Arts is another Etsy shop that has been in my favourites since the moment I discovered them. At the moment the shop is full of delicious superwash merino sock yarns in those most lovely earthy colours including lots of peachy pinks, browns, olive, grey, plum and taupe. Absolutely perfect for a wee spot of autumnal knitting and crochet! - (Find them on Ravelry here).