I'm having such fun knitting with Wolle's Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton that I thought it would be neat to do an interview with the creator of this wonderful yarn and then share that with all of you. Elisabeth graciously obliged.
Q: Elisabeth, when/how did Wolle's Yarn Creation Color Changing cotton begin?
A: I started in August of 2009. I was playing around with yarns and colors and liked the result. My knitting friends liked it, too, so I gave it a try.
Q: Why did you choose "cotton" as your fiber instead of a wool or other animal fibers?
A: I always liked cotton and have used it a lot in the past. I liked the softness and the feel against the skin, especially of my yarn, so I stuck with it.
Q: I think the color changing aspect of Wolle's Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton yarn is so wonderful, what made you choose that over a solid colored yarn?
A: Ever since the self-striping sock yarns came out, I have been hooked at knitting with yarns where color changes "just happen." It makes for fun knitting - you are always looking and going for the next color change.... So, I wanted to make a yarn that is unique and fun to work with.
Q: Fingering weight seems to be the most popular but I see you have a DK and Sportweight yarn as well. Are there any other yarn weights planned for the future ?
A: Yes, fingering weight is the most popular and the most versatile. For some people it takes a bit of getting used to (the thinness), but once they try it, they usually like it. My yarn is really well suited for shawls and scarves and a fingering weight works really well for that. I wear my shawls year round....I also have sport weight yarn. I like to use that for summer tops and, of course, for scarves and shawls. Since my main focus is the color aspect of the yarn, I am going to stick with these two yarn weights for the time being.
A: Basically from anywhere. Sometimes I look at a flower in the garden
and get an idea (that's how I came up with SUMMER LILY and SHERBET).
Sometimes people ask me for custom colors and thus inspire me to combine colors I didn't consider before. Sometimes I randomly pick colors and see if the combinations lead somewhere...
Q: What is your favorite knitting pattern to show off your color changing cotton?
A: That's a difficult question. I have many, many favorite patterns. Two really nice (and free) ones are Citron and Upstairs. I like patterns that have some lace aspect but are not too complicated so that the stitches compete with the colors.
Q: Although I'd seen your yarn on-line, I found your yarn "live" in "Shall We Knit", a store in Ontario, Canada last fall and was so excited to see it in person. I know you sell your yarn on-line, but where else will folks find it?
A; Selected yarn stores in the US and Canada carry my yarns. Mainly, I sell online and at fiber festivals. For this year I am planning to attend 10-12 festivals in Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. One day I hope to head up to Canada too.
Q: When I got my first skein of Wolle's Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton I wasn't sure whether I needed to rewind it or whether to start from the inside or the outside and you kindly told me what to do -- would you please share with everyone the best way to start knitting from this skein of yarn.
A: The skeins are wound as tangle-free center pull balls. Of course, you can always start a skein from the outside. The decision to start from the inside or the outside is a matter of personal preference as well as color choice. For example, if you have a skein that is blue inside and green outside and you are starting to knit a top-down shawl. If you like the blue portion to be next to the neck, you would start with the blue from the inside....
Q: Do you have any plans for expanding your yarn company?
A: I am currently experimenting with some "sparkle" yarn. It is a color changing yarn with a touch of sparkle... The first attempts and swatches look pretty, so I hope I can offer this new line soon. Stay
Q: Is there anything special that knitters should know when considering a purchase of your yarn?
A: People always ask how to block cotton. Cotton can be blocked just like any other fiber. However, cotton doesn't bounce back as wool does, so a garment will hold the shape in which it is blocked - which works really well for lacy shawls.
Thanks, so much, Elisabeth, for participating in this interview. I'm looking forward to becoming a "regular" customer!