Indie Dyers: Hand Dyed Yarns

Featured Indie Dyer of the Month: The Knitting Shed

Ainsworth & Prin hand dyed Alpaca & Silk 4ply yarn from The Knitting Shed – available for a limited time throughout January only!

The Knitting Shed is run by two sisters, Nicola and Louise, who dye Ainsworth & Prin yarns. They’ve been knitting since their first Saturday jobs in their village haberdashery and inherited The Knitting Shed from their late sister-in-law, Vicky, in 2014. Vicky lives on as the “Ainsworth” in Ainsworth & Prin. Nicola and Louise create their yarns with Vicky in mind, trying to sneak her love of pink into their own preferred grays. As a result, you’d be hard pushed to find anything pastel or neon in their hand dyed yarns – the color palette is sophisticated neutrals with bold yet muted jewels that are strong with tonal depth yet subtle with smoky overtones. 

Their most popular base is the Alpaca & Silk 4ply, of which they are offering seven stunning shades this month. Gentle to the touch and light with a gorgeous halo and drape, the baby alpaca in this yarn gives the colors a softened look whilst the silk gives the yarn a subtle sheen. It makes the most excellent shawls and scarves and is as soft as a kitten but much better behaved!

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Fun Facts…

Nicola is a Food Stylist by day and loves a novelty cast on technique.

Louise can drive a forklift, has flown on Concorde and loves a good chat about gardening, as she spends all her time working on her own when she’s finally allowed out she talks too much.

If you’d like to get to know them more follow them on Instagram or visit them at an upcoming yarn show: Waltham Abbey this month, Unravel in February or Wonderwool in April.