I’m so excited to be working with four new to Holla Knits indie dyers for the upcoming Spring Collection! One of those shops is Unplanned Peacock, run by dyer Natasha. Natasha was kind enough to answer some questions for me to help us get to know her and her yarn better. Enjoy!
Unplanned Peacock Both
1. For those who haven’t heard of Unplanned Peacock before, please give a
little background and information about you and your yarn.
Unplanned Peacock is a fiber studio and Icelandic sheep farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I have a background in art and costume design, and I love animals, plants, and nature. My yarn is dyed in unique, non-pooling color ways, and it is extremely high quality.
2. Why kind of dyes do you use?
I use acid dyes and fiber reactive dyes, depending on the type of fiber.
Unplanned Peacock YARN!
3. When did you start spinning and dying?
I started dyeing wool about five years ago, but I have a background of crafting for costume shops in the theater. Lots of bizarre dyeing and painting of every possible substance is done there. I started spinning about 2 years ago, and I thought “Eh, whatever, I had better learn how to spin.” Since then, it has pretty much consumed my life, and my house is full of wheels and spindles.
4. Are you a one woman show? How many people are on your team?
I am pretty much a one woman show. My husband operates a mean skein winder under duress, and I have several “booth monkeys”.
Knits up Beautifully!
5. What inspires your colorways? Their names?
Nature, nature, nature. How can you beat that? I also look towards famous pieces of art and try to duplicate their style. The names can be as simple as “Grass” or they can be an artist, like “Monet”. I am a huge bird watcher and parrot owner, so many of my colors are named after birds, like “Quaker” and “Sun Conure”. I used to have a naming system where variegated color ways would be named after flowers, single shades would be after animals or birds, and tonals would be after metals and gemstones, but that went out the window long ago as more and more colors were added.
6. Where do you spin and dye? Do you have a home studio or an office?
I have a studio. I need a bigger one. Actually, the dyeing has outgrown the studio and is now on the back porch, the skeining has a room in the house, and the studio is used for mixing colors, rinsing, and drying.
7. When you knit and crochet, what projects are you drawn to?
I like things that are simple, because my yarn is pretty complex, and it looks best with simple designs. However, I love fair isle as well, and every time I design, I design lace, so you know, I pretty much like everything. I find brainless projects get done the quickest though, since I can work on them on the road.
Another huge thank you to Natasha for taking the time to chat with us today! Visit Natasha at her site, Unplanned Peacock, see her beautiful yarn in her shop, and follow her on twitter at @unplannedpeacock.