|Shaggy Bear Farms Yarns|
Profile: Wendy Hanson of Shaggy Bear Farms
· How long have you been dying yarn?I have been dyeing yarn for about three or four years.
· How did you get started dying?
I got started dyeing after I watched some ladies dyeing roving and it looked like fun. I figured that with a farm with lots of fiber around, I could play around with color and not do too much damage.
· What is your background?
We moved to Oregon about ten years ago and started a “fiber farm.” We stared with a few Pygora goats, and a handful of Jacob sheep. Now our farm is home to more than 25 different breeds of fiber animals.
· Do you have any special experience with art or science that influences your dying?
The color choices used in my dye work come from the things I find on our farm. We have several breeds of rare breed chickens and their feathers contain amazing color combinations. I figure that Mother Nature will never lead you astray with a colorway.
|Jacob, Navajo Churro, Icelandic, Romeldale, and Perendale sheep|
· What makes your yarn special or unique?
My yarn is special because it comes from the animals on our farm. Most of the time I can look at the yarn and tell you which sheep, goats, or alpacas provided the fiber for it.
· What is something interesting about your dying process that non-dyers might not know?
Many people have a fear of dyeing because they worry that they might make a mistake. Some of my most beautiful colorways have come from a boo-boo. And if you do make a mistake, usually you can dye it with another color or two and make a mistake into magic.
· How do you choose your colors and name your yarns?
If I had my way, every yarn would be natural colored or blue. It dawned on me one day that since I needed to dye yarn for customers who might like other colors besides blue, I needed to expand my color choice horizons. So now I look outside my window for inspiration in selecting my colors. I give my yarns names based on what the colorway reminds me off. Usually it will be the first descriptor that pops into my head.
· Where do you find inspiration?
Good ol’ Mother Nature.
|Jacob Sheep Yarn|
· How many colorways do you have?
Dozens (watch later this week for a whole post of pics of Wendy's colors and yarns)
· Do you create seasonal or special order colors?
I do custom order dyeing frequently.
· How many and what types of bases do you use?
I use yarns from the 25 different breeds we raise on our farm.
· Where do your yarn bases come from?
My yarns come from my own animals.
· Where can we find your yarn? LYSs and online?
I sell at a number of fiber fairs in Oregon, Washington, and California, as well as Northwest Wools in Portland, OR. People also contact me by phone or email (email@example.com). I ship regularly to customers all over the United States.
|Gotland Sheep Yarn|
· What are your favorite colors?
Blue and Gold—can never get enough of these two colors
· Favorite fibers?That’s like asking a mother which one of her kid’s is her
favorite. I’ll never tell.
· Do you crochet, knit, or spin? What came first?
I can do all three but none of them well. Knitting came first, then crocheting, and then spinning. Now I don’t have the time to do any of the three.
· Anything else you would like to share?
My sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas want to encourage your readers to try a new yarn today. Variety (in yarn and in most everything else) is the spice of life!Link Up
· Website? Under Construction.
· Order Directly by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|A little preview of tomorrow's Cowl Pattern using Wendys' yarn!|