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Indie Dyers to Watch

It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a new dyer to follow on my Instagram, recommended to me through Ravelry, or showing up on my Pinterest feed. With stripes, speckles, variegated tones, and semi-solids that seem to glow through my screen, there are plenty of new yarns out there I’d love to be knitting. Here are a few I’m watching right now. 

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Photo from Plank & Stella

Plank & Stella

I am obsessed – obsessed – with the bright, cheery tones from Plank & Stella. Each skein seems optimistic, excited, and fresh. I couldn’t resist pulling the plug earlier this year on a single skein of sock yarn (I’m working on a design for it), but this speckle-dyed chunky weight is just begging to become the happiest of hats. The label is also an adorable illustration, featuring a man and his cat. 

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Photo from Quing Fiber

Qing Fiber

Maybe you’ve already seen this indie dyer’s drool-worthy yarns in your Instagram feed, where she frequently shares gorgeous colorways headed into her (sold out in minutes) shop updates. If you haven’t been lucky enough to score your own skein of Qing’s unique bases (brushed baby Suri alpaca, anyone?) You’re not alone on missing out. Nab a skein and then spend the next six months wondering what sock could possibly be special enough to show it off… 

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Photo from Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co.

Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co.

If you were a member of our November 2017 Sock Crate, you already know how talented this dyer is – and how drop-dead gorgeous her colorways are! We fell in love with the Forager’s Harvest colorway she created for our box: a riot of greens, purples, touches of orange and brown, and it seems like every one of her skeins has beautiful, subtle color changes and tones. Shown here is the Castle colorway, which I think would make a lovely sweater! 

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Photo from Woolly Mammoth Fibre Company

Woolly Mammoth Fibre Company

It’s no secret that I love the simple pleasure of naturally dyed yarn, especially when the dyes are applied to unusual heritage breed wools, like Wensleydale. I recently received a hank of this longwool lace-weight in the mail, and the lightness, shine, and slight halo are pretty irresistable (even though I have no idea what I’m making yet)! With soft tones dyed using organic materials, these yarns have a soothing quality only enhanced by the beautiful branding.

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Photo from Lambstrings Yarn

Lambstrings Yarn

Okay, how cute is this company’s name? This indie dyer experiments with a range of dyeing techniques and color applications, from speckles to heavily variegated tones, and everything in between, as evidenced by the rich range on her site. She also dyes to order on several delicious bases – I know I have my eye on that Tibetan Sock, a yak-blended sock yarn that has got to be the perfect recipe for extra-cozy toes!

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Photo from Knitty and Color

Knitty and Color

If you’ve ever wanted to knit the rainbow, colorways by Knitty and Color have got your back. I picked up some of this dyer’s fiber at the Super Summer Knit Together in Nashville earlier this year, and it’s on the wheel right now becoming a vibrant, surprising yarn. It seems to me that any socks knit with these rainbow, bespeckled, brilliantly colored skeins would be equally exciting to make and wear.

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Written by Hannah Thiessen, Creative Director of Knitcrate. Hannah is also the author of Slow Knitting, and blogs at  Knitting Vividly.