Kinfolk Yarn

Dyeing, spinning and knitting are my passion, my raison d'être! I find endless fascination in the alchemy of dyeing and spinning, how the fibres and colours interact with each other and transform into something entirely new.
This is the official blog for my store, Kinfolk Yarn and Fibre, which you can visit at There you'll find hand dyed yarn, spinning fibre and hand spun yarns in vibrant colours inspired by nature. I dye in small, limited edition batches using professional grade acid dyes in my smoke free, feline friendly studio in Vancouver BC.
I try to keep my blog posts relevant to fibre arts but occasionally other subject matter sneaks in. I mean, really, can you ever see too many pictures of cute cats?

I’ve been busy dyeing  Polwarth wool for a fractal spinning workshop…

I wish I had a little one to make these for! If you follow the link to Rachel Le Grand’s Flickr page she has the links to all the patterns…




Please spread this and THIS post like wildfire, especially if you are in the prairies.

As of September 27th, 12:30PM Saskatchewan time, Madison is still missing. She has not been heard from for 30 hours. Please keep sharing, especially if you are in Canada, and keep your eyes open. Help her come home safe.

(via mamitah)



Ultimate proof that cats are smart !!! more smart cats«

Cat intelligence is actually a pretty interesting topic in that the majority of studies on the subject basically have to end in the conclusion "we just don’t know" because cats are among the most uncooperative research subjects of all time. We know a great deal of cat sight, having used cats as the archetype for a vision-focused vertebrate/mammal, but we still know very little about what really goes on inside the cat mind.

(via roguebohemian)

Fun with Phat Singles Yarn

An order of Kinfolk Yarn on it’s way across the pond to the UK.

(via Artist creates incredible Vancouver tapestry using recycled sweaters)

Ever wonder what Vancouver looks like from an eagle’s eye view? Seventy eight year old tapestry weaver, Sola Fielder did. She’s woven this stunning tapestry using yarn from recycled sweaters. The 11 X 5 foot weaving, which was 5 years in the making, will be on display at Grunt Gallery August 29 and 30.

Images: Sola Fielder

(via Five Best NYC Gallery Shows of the Last Year (2011-2012) - Design Milk)

These interactive crocheted sculptures by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto look like so much fun!

Image courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery