Have you ever wondered who makes the yarn you hold in your hands? With the release our new Dyepot Dabblers series of colours, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce our hard-working Zen Yarn Garden team responsible for making sure each skein of yarn is a true work of art.
First, let’s introduce you to the whole team! We are: (back left to right) Neville, Janice, Shirley and Kelly; (front left to right) Roxanne, Adam, Rochelle and Deb.
Kelly and Deb are our fabulous dyers. They come up with all the amazing colourways that you see in our shop, and for our latest collection, Dyepot Dabblers, we asked them to come up with new ways of applying dye to create interesting variations within each colour palette. They started with eight base colourways and by the time they were done with the dyepots, we had 60+ colourways to share with you!
Kelly is a burgeoning crocheter, hoping to learn knitting next. Her favourite base to dye is ourGlitter base because it’s so sparkly, but she also loves theSuperfine base. Her favourite colourways to create are theArt Walk series because she loves using all the different techniques to create glorious layered colourways. Outside of the dye studio, Kelly loves home renovation and decorating, going to the movies and spending time with her family and friends.
Deb is a relatively new knitter; she’s still working on lots of scarves! Her favourite base is ourSuperfine because it’s so soft and squishy, and her favourite colourways to dye are ourSplatter series. Outside of knitting and dyeing, Deb loves spending time gardening and searching for inspiration on Pinterest.
Shirley is one of our fabulous studio assistants. She knits and crochets and her favourite of our bases isDK. She always has scarves and shawls on her needles and hooks!
Adam is another one of our studio assistants. While he doesn’t knit or crochet, he does love ourChunky base (we can't blame him - those skeins have a very satisfying squish!). Outside of the studio, he loves listening to music, playing video games and plotting his next tattoo!
Rochelle is a studio assistant as well. While she isn’t a knitter or crocheter, she’s dying to learn! Her favourite base is Chunky because it takes dye beautifully and seems so warm and inviting. In her free time, she loves beaded jewelry, bead weaving, painting abstract works with acrylic paints and making mixed media collages.
Janice is another one of our wonderful studio assistants. She loves ourDK andChunky bases and is a passionate crocheter. Her favourite projects are blankets and she currently has three in progress on her hooks!
Roxanne is our Creative Director, and she is responsible for managing the growth of our company and relationships with stores and customers across the world. Roxanne is constantly working to create innovative new products and beautiful design collaborations to delight our customers!
Neville is our Lead Dyer, Production Manager & Color Chemist. He works hand in hand with our studio team to make sure that each hank of Zen Yarn Garden shines — whether you are buying a dozen for a sweater or a single treasured skein. Dyes are applied carefully and accurately to re-create colorways you love, while our painterly one-of-a-kind colourways reflect the artistry and celebration of the process. The depth, tone, and colour of Zen Yarn Garden is dyed on hand-picked, luxury yarn bases, spun in Italy and Canada.
We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting our team. Now we’re back to the dyepots to create more amazing colourways that will make you feel like this:
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A few of our recent patterns use brioche knitting techniques to create a lofty, reversible, ribbed fabric that's oh-so-squishy. Brioche may look complicated, but it's actually quite simple - all you have to do is slip stitches to create yarnovers in one row that are then knit together with stitches in the following rows.
Many patterns use two colours of yarn, which can be easier when you’re first starting out, but you can also knit 1-colour brioche as well.
Creating and working with yarn is such a labor of love for all of us in the fiber community.
That’s why we believe that it’s so incredibly important to employ the most environmentally-friendly practices throughout the production process, every step of the way. To us, honoring the planet that nurtures the gorgeous animals we get our fiber from, conserving the water we use to dye with, and using as little energy as possible is one of our top priorities.