Welcome to Travelknitter!
All Travelknitter yarns are hand dyed by me (Larissa) in a teeny studio space in East London. The name Travelknitter originally came about as an online name, as I had a tendency to grab my backpack and move across the world on a semi-regular basis, and knitting became a great way of meeting people in a new city. Now that I’ve (hopefully!) settled here in East London, Travelknitter became the start of a yarn dyeing business.
My dyeing journey began with the search for the perfect red yarn. My stash was overflowing with shades of red that weren’t quite right: either too bright, too pinkish, or just not rich enough. I needed to take things into my own hands. I took a yarn dyeing course and set to work on creating a red that made my heart sing. That’s when Double Happiness was born, and it’s still one of my regular colourways many years later.
I now dye a whole range of colours, but only colours that I truly love! Colourway inspiration now comes from travels to places across the world, or across the city. I still create colourways that are deep, rich, and saturated, and are created by using several layers of colour. I prefer to work on a small-scale so that each skein gets my full attention. The yarn is dyed in small batches of no more than six skeins at a time; there is no large production dyeing here! I only work with a small number of yarn bases that I personally love, especially high-end yarns that combine softness with durability.
I hope that you’re inspired to enjoy your own travel adventures in yarn.