In Episode 13 we bring you Australia and the world! Petah from Dingo Dyeworks joins us from Perth for a chat about wildflowers, trees, dirt and Merinos. We meet Vicki from South Eastern Australia in Knitters of the World. And we travel the world with our video updates for our Fruity First Garment KAL and our Fruity Fair Isle KAL.
Dingo Dyeworks Interview
Petah launched Dingo Dyeworks in November 2015 and it’s already making a splash in the yarn world. Petah is passionate about Australia, having emmigrated from the Netherlands at the age of 13. She traveled throughout the country with her family and developed an appreciation of the Australian flora and fauna, which she now applies, very effectively, to her colorway designs.
Petah is also qualified as a veterinarian, and in our interview she discusses “mulesing”, the practice of removing a section of skin from Merino sheep to prevent fly-strike. It’s a difficult topic and one that Petah considered in her selection of base yarns for her collection.
As expats, we sometimes feel we love Australia more now than when we lived there. Seeing Petah’s colorways for the first time, we were struck at how well she had captured the colors of the country’s flowers and landscape. Hearing about her trips to the outback, and seeing the flowers that she has used as inspiration made us homesick.
We think Petah has a particular talent with colors and will follow her work with great interest.
Vicki – Redgum – Knitters of the World
We continue our Australiana theme with Vicki, our guest on Knitters of the World. Vicki lives in Brogo, a small town of around 350 inhabitants in South Eastern Australia.
Vicki has an amazing portfolio of knitting projects, including works by Alice Starmore and some Fair Isle.
Vicki also runs Redgum Soaps.
At Redgum, we offer you pure, luxurious and natural skincare made the traditional way.
We’ve created our entire range without using synthetic additives. This makes our products ideal for sensitive skin and for people who want luxurious, high quality skincare made from natural ingredients.
Fruity Fair Isle KAL
A big thank you to all who managed to get a video submitted for our mid-way Fair Isle KAL presentation.
The KAL finishes at the end of October, with a 25 Pound gift certificate for Virtual Yarns as a prize. Keep giving us your updates via the Ravelry group. We will accept submissions for a final video presentation around the closing date of the KAL – details to come.
Fruity First Garment KAL
And thank you also to our exclusive group of submitters for the Fruity First Garment KAL presentation.
Prize for the Fruity First Garment KAL is a copy of the book The Knowledgable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe. I’ve only checked a few sections (sewing in a zipper), but it is definitely a great resource as you get into garment knitting.
This KAL also closes at the end of October. Stick to your knitting!
Cheeky by Kim Hargreaves
Andrea was wearing Cheeky by Kim Hargreaves. The yarn is a 60% raw silk, 40% cotton yarn from Danish designer Karen Noe.
- Chopin, Opus 57, Berceuse, performed by SimoneRenzi. Source.
- Fiddles McGinty by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license, Source and Artist Incompetech.