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Blog Posts - Ancient Arts Yarns

Bunny Hug Review – Or how I got hugged by a Bunny!

10 March, 2017 |

One of the most fun jobs I have with Ancient Arts is to plan new yarn bases. I’m always on the look out for a great yarn mill with something super yummy to offer. It can be a challenge at times as there is so much wonderful yarn out there (and so much not quite …

CYO Caroline: It’s Easy Being Green! Olive with a Twist.

05 July, 2016 |

The Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting crossed my desk recently, and once I got past the utter thrill of seeing Ancient Arts yarn on the cover of the magazine, I had a great deal of fun digging into the issue. One of the things that really struck me is the section on olive greens. …

CYO Caroline: Retreats, new colours, and how to get your knitting groove back!

03 May, 2016 |

People often ask me where I get my inspirations for colourways, and it can be hard to answer that question as they come from all over! Some of them just pop into my head, some of them are more deliberately planned, and of course sometimes people challenge me to take on a particular concept. The …

CYO Caroline: Introducing The Denim Collection

26 April, 2016 |

One of the most fun things I get to do as a dyer is to design new colours. I often like to help guide development by choosing a theme, and so this winter I looked around at the coming trends and chose one that is near and dear to my heart: denim! Denim brings up fond …

CYO Caroline: For the Love of Merino Nylon Yarn

05 April, 2016 |

‘Silky’ may not always be a term you reserve for a superwash Merino/Nylon yarn, but our fingering weight yarn spun from 80% Merino and 20% Nylon recently received a little upgrade in the form of an even better grade of Merino! Today, Caroline shares an inside peek to the development process from her unique point …

CYO Caroline: Adventures in Weaving

22 March, 2016 |

I have steadily and firmly resisted the siren song of many hobbies over the years as I simply don’t have time for them all. However, anything to do with fibre fascinates me, and that means that I have dabbled throughout my life with embroidery, hardanger, bobbin lace, crewel work, rug hooking...

CYO Caroline: 2016 Meow/Woof Colour Story

01 March, 2016 |

Twice a year, colour development gives the staff at Ancient Arts the perfect excuse to have the best time EVER because we have to look at pictures (and lots of live models) of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies. Our job is SO HARD isn’t it? But we do this for the good of the people …

CYO Caroline: 2016 Spring/Summer Colour Story

16 February, 2016 |

One of the best treats as the master dyer for Ancient Arts happens twice a year…and what is that, you might ask? Why, I get to build a collection of new colourways! All of us at Ancient Arts feel that it’s important to keep our colour collections fresh and current – so twice each year, we …

CYO Caroline: TNNA Winter 2016 Show in San Diego, CA

19 January, 2016 |

One of the most enjoyable times of our year is when we have the opportunity do shows and fibre festivals, where we come face to face with the people for whom we dye our yarn and seeing the fantastic things they do with it. However, some of these events are very different because, instead of a …

CYO Caroline: Meow & Woof

24 November, 2015 |

With the holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to gifts – and knitters swing into action! Selecting the perfect yarn and pattern for a gift project can be every bit as enjoyable as the knitting itself. One thing we’ve noticed is that sales for our charity inspired yarns increase, and as part of this …

CYO Caroline: 5 Different Dye Styles

10 November, 2015 |

I have a passion for colour. As I am a dyer by trade, this likely comes as no surprise, but it’s been a central part of my life as long as I can remember. Colour in any form attracts me and pleases my heart. According to science, the human eye can see somewhere in the …

Curated by Caroline: On Choosing Yarns

20 October, 2015 |

Throughout the course of my long and varied knitting career I have many times wondered how yarn companies choose the yarns they choose. Why this colour? Why that fiber? Why this fiber blend and not that one? What are all these types of wool? It wasn’t until I started to spin my own yarns back …