First things first, tell us a bit about your business and how you got started…
I’m Siân and I’m the indie dyer behind Glendale Fibres, I started my little business in 2018. After falling in love with hand-dyed yarn I couldn’t resist having a go at dyeing some myself, I enjoyed the dyeing process so much that I decided to open my own shop and see if anyone else liked my yarn. My dad passed away just before I opened my shop and I wanted to use his name (he was Glen) and so Glendale Fibres was born.
What’s your favourite product of yours and why?
I love colour and I’m a bit fickle so it changes regularly but right now my favourite colourways are Fruit salad (a peachy base with neon pink and orange) and Ice blast (a variegated yarn with pink, purple and turquoise), I love the colour combinations and they feel fun and summery.
What yarn crafts are you into personally?
I’ve been knitting and crocheting since about 2012 and I bought a spinning wheel at the end of 2018 which I’m very slowly learning to spin on.
What’s your favourite project you’ve ever made?
I made a Super Mario Kart Blanket for my husband; it’s made from nearly 2000 tiny granny squares. I turned a picture into a colour chart which I used as a pattern and it took me 3 ½ years to finish (I kept getting bored of it and having breaks). It’s only made from acrylic but I’m super proud that I never gave up and it looks just like the picture.
If you came to TWM back in 2019 what did you like/dislike most about it?
The Wool Monty 2019 was my first yarn show, I was impressed by how friendly everyone was and I loved the wide aisles and all the space.
What inspires your products?
I notice colours combinations in everything – fabrics, tiles, clothes etc. and I enjoy experimenting but the combinations I have to try straight away are usually sunsets and flowers.
Who got you into yarn?
I saw knitted cushions in a catalogue and decided I wanted to have a go at making some; my mum had knitted when she was younger and knew some crochet basics so she told me the basics and helped me choose yarn and a hook and then I followed stitch tutorials on Youtube. After I’d made a wonky cushion cover, she helped me decipher knitting patterns so I could make a jumper for my then 1 year old.
What’s your favourite customer project?
I love seeing anything made with my yarn but someone made a pint sized so faded sweater for her baby and she faded 5 of my pastel rainbow colours together, it’s so cute!
What’s the hardest part of what you do?
Trying to juggle running a business from home with parenting and housework, that and social media which is not my strong point!
What’s your favourite colour?
I’ve always loved turquoises and teal-greens but I’m loving peachy coral at the moment as well
What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?
I love being able to squish the yarn and see the colours in person but the best part is being surrounded by people who are all as obsessed with yarn and fibre as I am.
What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?
I’d love to be able to spin yarn in a specific weight, I spin occasionally and really enjoy it but I’m not good enough to choose the weight I want to spin and actually achieve it.
Tell us 3 things we might not know about you
I’m very introverted but when I’m comfortable with someone I can talk for England.
The Wool Monty 2019 was the first yarn show I ever attended and despite not liking crowds or busy places, I felt like I’d found my people.
I’m a perfectionist and will regularly frog my projects if I find a mistake, even if that means starting over.
Do you tend to go for repeatable lines or one-off products? What’s your longest-running product, range or colourway?
Most of my colourways start out as one-offs because I like to experiment but I usually end up trying to recreate them and then I end up with mostly repeatable colourways. The first colourway I listed was Speckled rainbow and it’s still a popular one that I restock fairly regularly.
And finally, just for fun, would you rather fight 100 chicken-sized zombies or 10 zombie-sized chickens?
10 zombie-sized chickens, I don’t fancy fighting zombies of any size!