Following on from introducing a new-to-me indie dyer is an indie yarn dyer who I feel needs no introduction: Countess Ablaze.
The Countess was one of the first indie dyers I ever encountered in the UK as her first showing was at a little knitting retreat I went to in Wales only two weeks after moving here. I can’t remember who the other vendors were at the retreat because the Countess made such a huge impression with her bold and super saturated colours. Weirdly, I ended up buying a grey skein from her called Grey Skies over Manchester.
Lyndsey was also an early supporter of the Great London Yarn Crawl when Rachel and I were just getting Yarn in the City going, and I’ve always appreciated how she quietly supports indie makers in our industry. What I really admire about Countess Ablaze is how her punch-you-in-the-face colours and sly subversive branding and marketing also set her apart from the crowd.
If you know the Countess, you’ll know that she says no to pretty much everything, so no one was more shocked than me when she said she’d love to be a part of it. It’s an honour! On a recent trip to Manchester I acquired some of her super bulky yarn with stellina (great combo!) in a loud, fluorescent yellow that I can’t wait to work up into the ultimate winter bobble hat. (I’m hoping she’ll bring this base to Make Joy as it will work up sooo quickly if you find yourself with last-minute knits that you want to whip up.)
The Countess is planning on bringing her brand new textured S Slub 7 yarn, a warmer DK base, and a selection of her super saturated sock yarns too.