Blogs - do people read them anymore?

So... I am wondering, do people even read blogs anymore?

Do you?

I know when I look for recipes online I look out for the button that says 'jump to recipe' rather than read the whole page. I often scroll to the parts I want - yes often missing the bits I want and then have to read the whole page anyway to try and actually find what I am after.

Saying this, I really wanted to start one. I do not think there is a real reason why - just that I wanted a chance to share some information / patterns / yarns etc. in a way that some people may prefer.

This is just a bit of an intro page - a place to put down a note of things I want to share here.

They could be projects I am working on, products I sell or use which I find useful. There may even be a few free patterns too. I think I would also like to talk about different yarns and things which may be of interest.

Is there a topic you would like to read about?

Let me know in either the comments or drop me an email at

I would also like to take this chance to introduce myself.

Hi - I am Shannon *waves*

I am the face behind Blue Fern Yarns.

I am also the dyer, designer (of a few knit and crochet patterns), the maker and everything else that goes into running a small business.

I work full time with a commercial property management company at the moment but the dream would be to work on Blue Fern Yarns full time in the future.

My passion for crochet was where it all started for me, back in December 2015 when I picked up my first hook and yarn and off I went. It was amazing and I was totally addicted. I mostly made Amigurumi creatures, but I did make the odd shawl.

In 2018 I went to my first hand dyed yarn show which was Fibre East which unfortunately they have since decided to close.

They are now replaced by the Summer Wool Festival which has their first festival in 2022 and I am vending at.

Anyway, Fibre East was my first hand dyed yarn show and I was blown away - I had never seen so many beautiful colours and such soft yarns either. I knew I had to have a go.

Mum had mentioned at the time she had a 'Dye At Home' kit which she had got a few months before and suggested we give it a go. We did, and the next thing I knew I had ordered my first 5 kilos of yarn and off I went.

After a few trial an errors, I started to be happy with the colours I was creating so I opened my online shop late 1st October 2019.

I learnt to Knit in April 2020 during the COVID pandemic and all the various lockdowns we had.

My first thing I had ever made was the cowl in the image to the left. This was the Oats Pattern by TinCan Knits.

It is a free pattern.

They have a garter section on their pattern, but I just did the stocking stitch so that I could get used to knitting in the round. I was so pleased with myself.

I had used a skein of DK which I had dyed up and it was one of the first few test skeins I had dyed. It was in my Platinum base which is 75% Superwash merino and 25% Nylon.

Since then I had advanced onto knitting various garments, with lace and other texture. I do hope to learn brioche and colourwork at some point but hopefully that will happen in the near future. If time allows it.

I have even designed a few patterns myself too, shawls, socks and cowls. I may venture out to garments at some point but I know there is still a lot to learn there.

Please do get in touch if there is a topic you would like to read about, but for now I will sign off and hopefully speak to you again soon.

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