About Shannon and how Blue Fern Yarns was created.
Hi, my name is Shannon and I have been crocheting for a few years now. It all started on Boxing day in 2015 when I was at my Grandparents house with my family. My mum was working on something and I couldn't take my eyes off her looping the yarn in what seemed like knots and finishing off with a pretty square. So I raided my nan's crochet hooks and yarn stash, sat down next to mum and waited for her to start the next square so I could copy her. She pulled apart what she had done so far, which completely horrified me. I panicked about what she had done but she told me it would be fine. We started at the beginning, she went slow for me so I could watch and copy, I didn't realise at the time but I was making trebles and not just knots.
By the end of that evening I had made a blanket big enough for a kitten! Not very big but I was so excited.
I then pestered my mum for info on yarn and what i should use and different stitches. When I discovered YouTube channels I was hooked (get it???).
I have discovered yarn dying a while ago, I didn't even know it was a thing until I went to Fibre East one year and all I wanted to do was quit work and buy all the yarn and crochet my life away, alas the mortgage man called and also expected to be paid so I did the semi-sensible thing. I ordered a yarn dyeing kit to have a go myself.
Little did I know that would also become an addiction, I love seeing the colours grab to the yarn and they sometimes they don't turn out how you would expect but boy are they lovely.
The next thing I knew my first five kilos of yarn arrived (I am not sure I even remember placing the order) and started dyeing more and more. I dyed more yarn than I could ever crochet in my lifetime and there were a few people who asked me if they could buy some from me. The next thing I knew Blue Fern Yarns was created.
During the lockdown in 2020, I started to learn knitting. I really didn't think it would be my thing as I love to crochet. However I have found that I just cannot put it down and have even made a garment after only five months of knitting.
In early 2021 I even started designing my own knitting patterns.
Head on over to Instagram to see some of my designs - alternatively, keep an eye open on my patters page as I will be posting them there when they are live.
Here I am wearing my shawl I designed using hand dyed yarns. These were not my yarns but it was the first time I used them.