Monday, April 09, 2007

Ariadne Knits - the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I’ve been knitting for 25+ years, and my partner for about two. Haven’t done much dyeing, just the kool-aid variety . . . and the occasional accidental tea dye job.

What motivates you?
We really wanted to make products available to our local market that weren’t otherwise available. Also, we really liked the idea of providing people with a web source where the products are carefully chosen, well photographed and described.

What was your favorite product you have ever made?
Well, we’re still pretty new so we don’t have a lot of patterns up yet that we’ve designed. In terms of product? The O-Wool is pretty fantastic, and the Silkdream is, well, dreamy to work with. We have Reynolds Whiskey coming soon, and it is really fabulous.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
Nope, unfortunately not. They’ve always been closed by the time we figured out it was going on.

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
If it’s after dinner time and you notice you’ve made a mistake, don’t try to pull it out and fix it. Go to bed instead. Trust us on this one.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
Debbie New is an absolutely outstanding fibre artist. We are also in awe of the knitters of the British Isles and elsewhere who invented, refined and passed down techniques as complicated as Sheland lace, Fair Isle, and steeking . . . all without benefit of books or the internet.


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