First things first, tell us a bit about your business and how you got started.
At vegan yarn we sell hand dyed, often hand spun, plant based fibres. We also have sustainability at the forefront of everything we do, from sourcing recycled and eco-friendly yarns to ensuring no harmful chemicals are used in our process. We also use no single use plastic in our process or packaging. The idea was born from a love of indie dyed colourways and a frustration at only finding these beautiful colours on animal fibres. We noticed some dyers were offering cotton alongside animal fibres but thought there must be something more exciting our there…a few months of research and development later vegan yarn was born! Offering a range of plant based yarns from hand spun seaweed to locally produced tencel made from wood waste, from super soft bamboo to rough nettle fibres, we’re always looking for new exciting bases!
What’s your favourite product of yours and why?
Pleiades vegan sock yarn, having tried for years to find a sock yarn that was vegan this one is beautiful to work with and because of the elastic core makes great socks. I’m currently working through Jessie Meads patterns as it’s also perfect for crop tops/bralettes.
What yarn crafts are you into personally?
Just dying and knitting, I wish I could master crochet.
If you could collaborate with another TWM vendor, who would you choose and why?
Flora fibres, I’m in awe of the concept of spinning your own yarn and dying with completely natural ingredients.
Who got you into yarn?
Mothy and the Squid. I didn’t realise how beautiful hand dyed yarn was until I stumbled across theirs.
What’s your favourite customer project?
Anything and everything! I just love seeing the yarn become a finished creation!
What’s the hardest part of what you do?
Parting with so much beautiful yarn…it all wants to make its way to the personal stash!
What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?
Crochet, spinning and weaving.
Do you tend to go for repeatable lines or one-off products? What’s your longest-running product, range or colourway?
We have a couple of colourways that reappear in various evolutions if they are very popular but generally we don’t record our recipes, we just let the inspiration take us where it takes us…so most colourways are not repeated.
Can you give us any hints of things you’ve got coming up soon?
Our tencel yarn is due to be featured in September issue of knittingmag in a beautiful shawl designed especially for this yarn.
And finally, just for fun, would you rather fight 100 chicken-sized zombies or 10 zombie-sized chickens?
Chicken sized zombies, vegan yarn would definitely not fight a chicken!