There is a new yarn shop on the block (the online block, that is!) with some amazing goods to be had. I had the honour of interviewing The Indie Yarn Store founder Marnie to find out the scoop.
Read on to learn about this fellow yarnie and crocheter to boot!
Tell us about The Indie Yarn Store
The Indie Yarn Store is a long term dream that I have been lucky enough to be able to get to a point of fruition! It is an online yarn store based in Brighton that stocks a variety of luxury, artisan, organic or ethical yarns. I have managed to get some suppliers that are not well known in Australia and some that are - but very much hope to be able to get small, indie suppliers and producers (hopefully local also) in the near future. I would very much like to support small businesses, especially those with a higher animal welfare component on their goods.
There are a couple of things that I am passionate about that I have been able to roll into the ethos of the Indie Yarn Store - awesome, good quality yarns (quite the fanatic, here), hand-made smaller scale items - hand dyed yarns fills this component, high animal welfare and an avoidance of cruelty, charity where it can be afforded and bright, beautiful colours. I am a little envious of the sheer size of options in America and Canada and would love to have a greater range of choice of yarns in Australia, and I am hoping that the Indie Yarn Store can help in this, as well as fulfilling some of my values.
What inspired you to open an 'indie' shop?
The indie aspect of the store has come through my love for individual hand made items - in the case of the store - yarn and yarny accessories. I am looking forward to hopefully getting some more truly independent, smaller scale suppliers in the near future.
What do you look for when you source yarn?
Firstly, high quality and value for money for my customers. Secondly, where I can get it, I very much look for higher animal welfare or a charitable aspect to the company I am scrutinising. I like a hand-made aspect - such as hand dyeing or hand-spun. I also like a mixture of rustic looking yarns as well as a more smooth, processed appearance. And colour - lots and lots of colour options!
Do you have plans to work outside the website?
Yep, I surely do! I am doing the Einbumpin Festival right here in Sandgate, although I still can not actually verbalise the name properly (27th July - can’t wait)! After the Einbumpin Festival, I have to investigate my options some more. I am hoping to do A LOT more hand-dyeing myself, and hopefully attend some markets selling those around the local area. I am also pretty keen to get up to Northern Queensland for some pop-up type stores, craft markets, etc if there is a bit of interest.
I am open to any ideas really. I am just going to see how things progress and see what interest is thrown my way.
Will T.I.Y.S expand to more than selling yarn?
For sure. I am very keen to find some good hand made / producers of knitting needles and notions, as well as crochet hooks. I am also keen to stock some project bags as well. As for patterns, I am interested, but being a bit of a language fool (and let’s face it - patterns are like ready another language most of the time) these most probably will never come from me..
Again, I would love to be able to support small scale Australian hand makers who love to make knitting and crochet accessories.
Are you a knitter or crocheter? + your fibery history !
As stated on my website, I am a moderately competent crocheter, very inexperienced knitter and complete and utter novice to spinning. But I am nothing if not determined, so I am sure my skills with knitting and spinning will improve with some time and stubbornness.
My Grandmother was an amazing knitter, crocheter, sewer and potter. She taught me when I was really quite young - 8 or 9 or so - to crochet and I tinkered with it a little while growing up. I did not fully sink my teeth into craft again until I was about 30 and went through a significant period of injury and illness - lots of surgery and lots of down time and enforced rest - so that is when I got stuck right into craft again. Challenging times, especially as I was a very busy, never idle kind of person. Without crochet and having something to keep me from being too idle - I think I would have had a lot more trouble and been a lot unhappier. I may not have been busy, but at least I had busy hands and a busy mind. And fortunately, the love I developed for craft during this time has endured and I have been able to create a small business which celebrates this. Pretty lucky, really.
Do you get up to other fibery business?
I have starting doing some hand dyeing - of which the results have been from awesome to awful and everything in between, but again, I need to stick with it. I have previously done some hand made markets with crocheted products, which was fun. I think it would also be nice to do some more hand spinning and then make items that have been hand spun, hand dyed and hand made.
Then I have just the half a million unfinished knitting and crochet projects I have lying around the house that need finishing….
What are you working on now?
I am attempting to knit a jumper. So far it is looking waaaaaayy to big for me, but hey, oversize is in fashion at the moment. Isn’t it..?
I also have a scrap crochet blanket that is slowly growing as I use up all of my odds and ends. I also have another crochet blanket with flowers on it (very pretty) which I have almost finished. This is a good reminder I should get on with that one.
What are your three favourite patterns?
You will have to forgive me with how simple these patterns are, but I love a pattern that can be done while in front of the telly.
1) This is so simple, but so cute and I just love it. Little hand made baby beanies are just the cutest! I have made a few of these with pom poms.
Easy peasy newborn sock hat
2)Purl Soho is my absolute inspiration for a dream bricks and mortar shop. They have a great blog called the Purl Bee and this is one of their stunning cowl patterns.
3)There is a previous blogger who can now be found on instagram called @auntyalicelovestoknit. She previously did a blog called Crochet with Raymond and does the most amazing granny style crochet. I particularly love her use of bright colours combined with neutrals. She has a tutorial on Mandala Granny Square and this was one of the first projects I completed for myself.
Crochet Mandala Granny Squares
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook - www.facebook.com/theindieyarnstore the Indie Yarn Store Facebook
Pinterest - www.pinterest/indieyarnstore the Indie Yarn Store Pinterest
Instagram - @theindieyarnstore