In anticipation of our next Trunk Show, we thought we would give you a little personal information about the dyer behind Coriand3r Knits!
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and Coriand3r Knits?
I run Coriand3r Knits as a passion project to keep myself sane, play with colour, and invest in Fibre Arts as a craft, and as a community. I'm a very active member of the K-W Knitters' Guild. By day, I work in IT. For fun I enjoy backcountry camping with my partner and my dog, riding my motorcycle, and pretty much any type of adventure travel. I'm a voracious reader and listen to audio books while I dye yarn or knit. One day (soon!) I'd like to get a light weight travel trailer and travel throughout Canada and the U.S.
2) How long have you been dyeing yarn? How did you get started?
I took a try-to-dye class from my favourite indie dyer at my favourite LYS back in 2014, followed it up with a week at her amazing Stained Fingers Dye camp, and was smitten. Over the next year I practiced and learned a lot! I sold out of hand dyed gradient yarn at the 2015 K-W Knitters' Fair and haven't looked back.
3) Where do you draw your dyeing inspiration from?
My dyeing inspiration comes from a really colourful part of my brain. As a kid, I was obsessed with drawing rainbows. Most of my favourite artists and favourite artwork use a full palette of colours. Even the walls of my home are painted deep reds, blues, and navy.
4) What is your favourite colourway right now?
I'm dyeing and knitting tonal colourways at the moment, and I generally love anything I can wear with black. I have a soft spot for rustic, natural-coloured yarn made from local wool. I'm also a huge fan girl of some Canadian indie dyers, several of whom you can find at Spun Fibre Arts. ;)
5) What yarns are you most excited to bring to Spun for your trunk show? Anything new?
I'm always testing out new bases. My newest one is a yak/silk fingering weight base. I'm excited to carry it because it's luxuriously soft, and dyes well, with lots of depth of colour. It's my first wool-free yarn so it might be suitable for someone allergic to wool.
Thanks Chantelle! We love getting to know the dyer behind the yarn, and your passions show through in the beauty of your colourways! Can't wait to see the new base on Saturday!!
Peace, Love and Fleece,
The Spun Team