Who Should I Spin In 2017?

Three Waters Farm Finn, I can't wait until it gets here!
Three Waters Farm Finn, I can’t wait until it gets here!

I want some fresh color in my life, so I am on the hunt for new or new to me dyers to spin in 2017.  I certainly won’t be abandoning my go-to dyers, Into the Whirled, Cjkoho Designs, Sheepspot, Spunky Eclectic or Hello Yarn, they are always coming up with new tempting colors and fibers.

There is a world of color out there and some days I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. There are also dyers that I haven’t spun for years, that somehow have fallen off my radar, Like A Verb for Keeping Warm and Three Waters Farm (I might have just bought a braid of fiber from Three Waters Farm this morning, that one, to the left).

So far on my list Port Fiber, Hill Top Cloud, Fat Cat Knits  and Porpoise Fur.

So tell me you wonderful spinners, who are your favorite dyers to spin? Who should I check out in 2017? Who are you planning to spin?



(542 Posts)

Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

22 thoughts on “Who Should I Spin In 2017?

  1. Jennie Powell

    I would recommend Sara’s Texture Crafts but you’ll have to be quick as she’s selling the last of her fibre at the moment. Otherwise, you could try mine! (Really bad at self promotion, sorry!) Owl About Yarn – I’ve got merino, polwarth and a couple of blends at the moment and I’ll be dyeing some more in the new year, including bfl and merino/silk.

  2. Jennifer

    Highland Handmades and On The Round are both great dyers in Maine. Heather’s (HH) prices are particularly affordable.

  3. connie

    My current fave is Greenwood Fiberworks–she started dyeing fiber in the individual colors of a colorway (and sells them as bundles or individual braids), as well as braids in the full colorway. And Carolyn knows her way around that yak/silk and keeps waving it in my face 😉


  4. stitchpunk

    Inglenook Fibers. Any time someone admires one of my knitted items I get a huge kick out of saying things like “yes, it’s a blend of silk and yak down that was dyed by Greek Orthodox nuns in Boston.” Macrina and Stephie have the BEST eye for colour and blend batts like you would’t believe. I hardly spin anything else now.

    1. Judy Phillips

      Oh my, what a great backstory. And those colors! I don’t even spin (yet) and I may be addicted!

  5. Becca

    I don’t have a huge go to list of dyers. But I just wanted to say that I have spun both Hilltop Cloud and Porpoise Fur (always happy to support local UK businesses). Spinning fibre from both has been very fun. I love both the colours they choose and the interesting bases available. I always appreciate dyers who go beyond the basic merino and BFL.

  6. marné

    I just got some little battlings from Hobbledyhoy on Etsy, I’m really looking forward to spinning those. You won’t be disappointed with your Three Waters Farm braid, I’ve spun a couple and they are gorgeous. I also like batts from Nunoco (also on Etsy, but they’re re-structuring into two shops after the new year), they have an amazing color sense. I also love Pigeonroof Studios. The first braid I ever bought and used to learn to spin was from there and it was beautiful to work with, even as a beginner.

  7. Kelly H

    I spun some EdgewoodGardenStudio (etsy) cheviot this fall that was positively dreamy! I love the colours in FiberArtemis and DyeabolicalYarns, too, though haven’t spun any of theirs.

  8. Meglette

    I’m pretty sure I have this in my stash. I love 3 Waters. Have been a monthly club member, but had to leave on account of the tribble like growth of my stash….(head down, shuffling feet, trying not to look too guilty)

  9. Nadine Foster

    Check out Huckleberry Knits. Her colors are gorgeous and the fiber spins so nicely. (She also has yarn that is wonderful)

Comments are closed.