I bet you have all been watching the recent launch of Purl & Ply along with me! The ladies behind those beautiful and utterly Instagramable colorways are Brit and Mel–a couple of indie dyer, home-school moms who love fiber, and knitting. Well, we got to talking and it turns out they watch the knittingthestash podcast from time to time 🙂 I offered an interview, and this blogspot was born! I’m super excited that in the process Brit and Mel also offered to sponsor a giveaway for you all! More details on the podcast this weekend! It’ll be a doubly awesome giveaway because Purl and Ply yarn is hard to come by! Their shop updates seem to go quickly . . . The ladies also host their own Purl & Ply Podcast where you can check out their sense of humor and knitting skillz. Episode 4 features the Zweig sweater that I have seen popping up in a lot of Ravelry feeds. Enjoy the interview and the photos (all reposted here with permission)!
Where did the inspiration for Purl & Ply come from?
The inspiration for Purl & Ply came simply from a love of fiber arts and this community. Brittani began knitting almost 5 years ago and taught Melody in 2016. We both started learning more and more about knitting through watching podcasts and Ravelry. From there we both began spinning within a year of each other and started dyeing yarn as a hobby. It really just grew from there. We really love the fiber arts community and getting to be a part of this community as a job – icing on the cake!
What’s special about the yarn bases you feature?
We really try to provide a range with the yarn bases we feature. We want to have something available for everyone. We love superwash yarn because it takes dye so well. Our Soft Sock base is the softest, squishiest Superwash Merino/Nylon I’ve every used. We also love our Single Merino and Luxe MCN sock bases.
In addition to our superwash yarns, we also offer our timeless base which is a 100% non-superwash merino. We are currently working on perfecting this base so we will be bringing it back into the shop sometime in the fall.
We will also be looking to add different weights to our shop soon, so be on the look out!
Who are your biggest crafting influences/inspirations?
The community is so full of influences and inspirations for us. We enjoy watching the knittingthestash podcast and have found so much inspiration for learning about the entire process from sheep to finished object. Currently we are loving designs by Ysolda Teague, Thea Coleman, and Caitlin Hunter to name a few. The simplicity and wearability of garments by Ysolda and Thea is amazing. Caitlin Hunter is extremely inspiring to us as indie dyers. She is making beautiful fresh and modern color work out of indie-dyed yarn, which is super exciting for us. We really enjoy doing color-work with more traditional yarns, but getting to use our own hand dyed yarn has been so gratifying.
How do you juggle home schooling, yarn selling, podcasting?
Juggling is definitely the word to use. 🙂 Work/life balance has definitely been a struggle as Purl & Ply is constantly on our minds. I’d say the biggest help to us is support from our families. It has been crazy lately with launching and growing our business. Our sons are actually starting school this year for the first time. Sending them to school has been in our minds for a while now. It is definitely bittersweet. With our children in school, we are hoping to be better at this work/life balance thing – is that a thing? haha
Any advice for new dyers?
Watch Amy Florence’s video “So You Want to be an Indie Dyer” on YouTube – you’ll get a laugh and some very important realities to being an indie dyer.
Also, write down everything! Sometimes you think, “Oh, I’ll remember that!” but, you wont. Really, you won’t! lol
Where can folks find your shop? or find out more about you?
What’s new on the horizon for Purl & Ply?
We have some exciting things happening this Fall and Winter:
- We are currently hosting a spin and knit along on our YouTube Channel and Ravelry group for the Shift by Andrea Mowry. This will be an ongoing project for a while – and we will be giving away prizes for those who participate!
- We are also hoping to come out with some new bases and colorways in the Fall!
- We will have a trunk show on August 25th, at Fingerplay Studio in Louisville, CO during the Yarn Along the Rockies annual yarn crawl.
- South Park Dry Goods in San Diego will also be hosting a trunk show featuring Purl & Ply mid September.
- If viewers are in or around East Texas in November, we will be vending at the East Texas Fiber Festival in Lindale, TX on November 9th & 10th.
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Thanks so much, Brit and Mel!
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