Spring is just right around the corner and the flowers and trees are starting to bud and bloom. With all the color that is soon to be bursting to life around us, I would like to introduce Michelle Berry; she is the owner of, as well as the brains behind “Berry Colorful Yarnings” When I first met Michelle it was at a Meet Up group for Knitters and Crocheters. Before, as well as after we were officially introduced, I would drool over her yarns. Myself being a spinner, I was very interested in her work. When I started to write the articles about crafting, I thought; well now here is my chance to interview Michelle. When I spoke with Michelle I just had to ask her what was her drive and inspiration for starting her yarn dying business?
Michelle told me that in Oct of 2011 she was chatting with another Yarn Buyer about how frustrating it was to get yarn that was dyed in a base color that she liked, that the shipping prices were high, as well as the wait time for the item to be shipped. She was ordering yarn from Australia as well as other places in the UK. When she expressed frustration over this and said that she wished that she could dye yarn. The response to her musings, were YES you can dye your own yarn. This started her thinking, she spoke with her husband, he was very supportive about her desire to dye yarn. Then as they say the rest just happened.
I asked Michelle if she would be basing all of her yarns on themes? I know that Michelle was dying for a client who said that the colors reminded her of the story “The Secret Garden” (If Michelle has her way the Garden, will be Secret No longer!) Michelle told me that it is nice to have a inspiration for the yarns that she dyes, but they will not always be themed.
Michelle, in speaking with me said something that I had to stop and wonder about. She told me that she did not think of herself as and artist, that she looked more to the science of the dying. Then she said something that I will remember for a long time. Blue; she said is just not Blue, there are so many different elements to blue. Yellow is just not yellow, there is just so much more to each of the colors. That ever since she started to dye her yarns she has fallen in love with yarn all over again. I know for this humble writer/crafter, I have found a new way to look at color through Michelle’s eyes. On a side note; I would like to say that like it or not Michelle you are an artist!
Michelle’s yarn have been in several yarn swaps on Raverly, she has an Etsy shop, (where you can get some of this great yarn for yourself), a Facebook Page, as well as a blog that will tell you more about her. (I will be listing the links below)
If I were you, I would keep an eye on Michelle and “Berry Colorful Yarnings” for all the new and exciting yarns that I am sure are yet to come.