Twisted Sisters Yarn was founded by Lynne Vogel and friends over ten years ago. They are a group of innovative hand dyers and designers who have helped to bring modern designs as well as a sense of fun to the world of hand dyed yarn. Not only does Twisted Sisters Yarn mix together breathtaking colors to produce unique colorways, it also uses only the best fibers available.
Twisted Sisters Yarn has become internationally known. This isn’t down to slick marketing either; you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of knitters – pun intended. The reputation of this company is founded on their expert knowledge. Twisted Sisters Yarn isn’t just trying to sell their own collection of hand dyed and painted fibers either; they want to spread the word and show others that hand dyeing yarn can be something we can all do. Their book ‘The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook’ by Anne Vogel should be in everyone’s collection that’s seriously interested in hand dying fiber.
The sock workbook goes into great detail. It shows you that dip-dyeing, pour-dyeing, and hand-painting yarns or wool rovings is as easy as making homemade soup. Vogel even includes a nod to the ever-popular use of Kool-Aid as a dye. What is also great about this book is that is also shows you various spinning techniques and how they affect the look and feel of the finished fiber.
But if you don’t want to hand dye and spin your own yarn you can always buy it from Twisted Sisters Yarn. Their yarns come with exciting names like ‘Voodoo’, ‘Avarice’, ‘Elektra’ and ‘Boudicca’ and the colorways live up to these names. The fiber comes in alpaca, merino, silk/merino mixes, rayon/cotton mixes and much more. They also give advice on what needles you should use for each fiber.
What I really appreciate about Twisted Sister Yarn is that, not only do you get exciting fibers in beautiful colors, but they also provide you with many knitting patterns that will show off these fibers at their best.
Twisted Sisters yarn is both for the discerning fiber artist and novice alike. Using hand dyed yarn isn’t for knitting gurus or traditionalists; it’s about using beautiful fiber to produce wearable artwork – something we can all do.