The phenomenally colored yarns found in theknittingsiren’s shop make me drool. Her yarns vary from cotton, wool and linen to my favorite: bamboo. She carries patterns, accessories and sometimes destashes commercial yarns. I absolutely love her shop and she graciously allowed me to ask her a few questions:
First off, would you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Melanie, I'm the mom of 3 very busy boys and am the keeper of 1 dog, 1 cat, 17 chickens and 3 Pygora goats.
Where/When did you learn how to knit?
I learned how to knit after while pregnant with my second. I already knew how to crochet but everything I wanted to make was knit. There were no classes or LYS's in my area at the time so I just bought a book, some yarn and some needles and knit a baby blanket. I've been obsessed ever since.
I started dyeing with Kool-aid about 3 years ago but it was just since this last winter that I finally delved into the world of commercial dyes and am so glad I did. There is a much wider range of colors I can create.
What do you enjoy most about knitting/dyeing?
Knitting is my wind down, it's the best way to relax. I also love that I can create a work of art that I can wear. Knitting is so versatile as well. If I can think it, I can knit it.
With dyeing, I love the unexpected. So many of my favorite colorways have been complete accidents. I like to call them "Happy Accidents." There are so many colors, so many possiblities, so much fun.
Because you get to dye yarn, I have to ask, what is your favorite color?
Purple! All shades of purple! I have a hard time dyeing other colors because I love purple so much.
Theknittingsiren’s shopcan be found here: http://theknittingsiren.etsy.com
Theknittingsiren also has a children’s store, http://adorabubble.etsy.com
And her blog can be found here: http://adorabubbleknits.blogspot.com