The best indie yarn dyers

A massive resource with all the indie dyers and yarn artists in one alphabetical big list for easy access and research

Are you looking for the perfect yarn for your next project? A wonderful customized colorway with speckles perhaps? Do you want to support local small businesses instead of larger corporations or find the perfect gift for a knitter? Then you came to the right place. I put together a list of all the indie yarn dyers out there (I could find).

Knitting is a hobby that allows you to express your individual creativity. The yarn you pick to start a project is as fundamental a part of the process as the pattern you choose and the tools you use. In the past 20 years, the internet gave independent dyers the unique opportunity to market their wares to a much broader audience. And this article is meant to celebrate these makers.

indie dyer colorways basking in the sun

This list is NOT ranked and follows a simple alphabetical order (starting with Z for a change :P) and I explicitly want to stress that I am neither sponsored by any of them nor did I test the quality of all their products. This is meant as a resource to do your own research and find the best possible yarn for your next project (or, let’s be honest, your evergrowing stash *smirk*). You might want to check out my full tutorial on how to choose yarn & color combinations as a start.

I begin with regular indie dyers who make use of chemical dyes, and there is a separate list with plant-based dyers at the bottom. That being said, I do encourage you to do your own research and think beyond boundaries and common prejudices. Big brands are not bad in themselves (they were small at one time as well, and some of them still are straightforward awesome) and a lot of them produce excellent yarn for knitting beginners.

Just because somebody calls themselves “indie dyer”, doesn’t automatically mean the business is sustainable, inclusive, or more deserving of your support than the hardworking employees at a bigger brand, who rely on their jobs to support their families just as much (there are black sheep on either side).

for ahnks of semi-solid Indie dyer yarn

I would also like to add, that most indie dyers are one-person businesses. So, kindly show some patience, when they don’t answer your emails within 2 hours and the shipping takes a day or two longer. You will be rewarded with individual quality and yarn with true personality.

Either way, let’s start with the list of the best indie dyers, eh?

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Indie Dyers in Alphabetical order: The List

Differend colorways created be indie dyers

Note: I earn a small commission for purchases made through Etsy links in this article

I decided against commenting on the individual yarn dyers. Tastes differ, and I don’t want to spoil your first impression with my personal taste. And the same applies to pictures. As many of you know, Indie dyers tend to change their collections quickly (that’s part of the appeal, after all), so I don’t think I could fairly represent any of them here. Just check out the respective Instagram accounts.

Also, I made sure that all yarn artists were still active at the time of compiling this list. Due to many reasons, there may still not be active stocks at the time of your visit, as they are currently being replenished.

  1. Yarn Therapy (Instagram) | Aotearoa, New Zealand
  2. Yellow June Fiber Company (Instagram) | Corinth, Mississippi, USA
  3. Wren & Ollie (Instagram) |St Agnes, Australia
  4. Wooly Mama Yarns (Instagram) | Manchester, United Kingdom
  5. Woola Oops (Instagram) | Auvergne, France
  6. Woolberry Fibers & Co (Instagram) | Denver, Colorado (?), USA
  7. Wild Atlantic Yarns (Instagram) | Donegal, Republic of Ireland
  8. Wishbone Yarn (Instagram) | South Africa
  9. Western Skit Knits (Instagram) | Montana, USA
  10. Waratah Fibres (Instagram) | Launceston, Australia
  11. Valkyrie Fibers (Instagram) |South Lake Tahoe, USA
  12. Tot Le Matin Yarns (Instagram) | Saint-Georges-Motel, France
  13. Thistle & Hart (Instagram) | Salem, Oregon, USA
  14. The Red Pansy (Instagram) | New Jersey, USA
  15. The Perfect Stitch Fiber Co. (Instagram) | No address available, but seems to be USA
  16. TheOutside Dyers (Instagram) | Pangbourne, Scotland, United Kingdom
  17. The Kinetic Knitter Yarns (Instagram) | Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  18. The Lemonade Shop (Instagram) | no address provided
  19. The Fibre Fox (Instagram) | Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
  20. The Famers Daughter Fibers (Instagram) | Montana, USA
  21. The Copper Corgi Fiber Studio (Instagram) | Georgia, USA
  22. The Blue Brickish (Instagram) | Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  23. The Backcountry Knitter (Instagram) | Utah, USA
  24. Tippy Tree Yarns (Instagram) | Windsor, Colorado, USA
  25. Teeny Button (Instagram) | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  26. Tausendschönwolle (Instagram) |Saarbrücken, Germany
  27. Suburban Stitcher (Instagram) | Texas, USA
  28. Sweet Sparrow (Instagram) | New York, USA
  29. Stranded Dyeworks (Instagram) | East Coast of Scotland, United Kingdom
  30. Stitch Together Studio (Instagram) | no address, USA
  31. Sternstaub Wolle (Instagram) | Panzweiler, Germany
  32. Spun Right Round (Instagram) | Rochester, New York, USA
  33. Speckled Finch Studio (Instagram) | Northern California, USA
  34. Solstice Yarns (Instagram) | Shipley, United Kingdom
  35. Smiling Sheep (Instagram) | Alberta | Canada
  36. Skein Yarn (Instagram) | Coffs Harbour, Australia
  37. Siobhanscrafts (Instagram) | Warrington, United Kingdom
  38. Shirsty Cat Design (Instagram) | no address provided, USA
  39. Seven Sisters Arts (Instagram) | Maine, USA
  40. Serenity Fibers (Instagram) | Lewisville, Texas, USA
  41. Serendipitous Wool Co. (Instagram) | Texas, USA
  42. Screaming Colors (Instagram) |Neuburg, Germany
  43. Schwedenrot Yarns (Instagram) Polch, Germany
  44. Sassy Strings Yarn Studio (Instagram) | Airdrie, Canada
  45. SamelinDyeworks (Instagram) | Bad Mergentheim, Germany
  46. RoseHipIsland (Instagram)| Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
  47. Rose Hill yarns (Instagram) | Calmar, Alberta, Canada
  48. Rock The Wool (Instagram) | Euskirchen, Germany
  49. Ritual Dyes (Instagram) | Southeast Portland | USA
  50. Rita Mae Yarns (Instagram)| York, Pennsylvania, USA
  51. Ravensword Fibres (Instagram) | Nova Scotia, Canada
  52. Qing Fibre (Instagram) | London, United Kingdom
  53. Purple Lamb Fiber Arts (Instagram) | North Texas, USA
  54. Positive Ease (Instagram) | Pernersdorf, Austria
  55. Polka Dot Sheep (Instagram) | Montana, USA
  56. PolkaDotCreek (Instagram) | Airdrie, Canada
  57. Pirate Purl Yarns (Instagram) | Newcastle, Australia
  58. Playful Day Yarns (Instagram, Etsy) | Petaluma, California, USA
  59. PlankandStella (Instagram) | Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  60. Pixie Yarns (Instagram) | Winscombe, United Kingdom
  61. Paca La Alpaca (Instagram) | (near) Guadalajara, Spain
  62. Ovis et Cetera (Instagram) | Bunde, Germany
  63. OzifarmersMarket (Instagram) | Lake Entrance, Australia
  64. Old Rusted Chair (Instagram) |Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  65. Old Maiden Aunt Yarns (Instagram) | Scotland, United Kingdom
  66. Olann (Instagram) | Killygarry, Ireland, United Kingdom
  67. Neighborhood Fiber & Co (Instagram) | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  68. MythicaFibers (Instagram)| Yokohama, Japan
  69. Mudpunch (Instagram) | No address available, but it’s Canada
  70. Mothy and the Squid (Instagram) | Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom
  71. Montana Crochet (Instagram) | near Helena, Montana, USA
  72. Miss Lamotte Yarns (Instagram)|  Cape Town, South Africa
  73. MissBabs (Instagram) | Mountain City, Tennessee, USA
  74. Miroyarns (Instagram) |Maunu, New Zealand
  75. Midknit Cravings (Instagram) | Saskatchewan, Canada
  76. Meadowyarn (Instagram) | Suffolk, UK
  77. MAD Scientist Yarns (Instagram) |Shifnal, United Kingdom
  78. Maelstrom Fiber Arts (Instagram | Etsy)| Wentzville, Missouri, USA
  79. Machete Shoppe (Instagram) | Poconos, Pennsylvania, USA
  80. Louie & Lola yarns (Instagram) | Mount Roland, Tasmania, Australia
  81. Lolabean Yarn & Co (Instagram) | ?
  82. Long Dog Yarn (Instagram) | Baton Rouge, L.A, USA
  83. Loft TwentyTwo (Instagram doesn’t seem active anymore, tho) | Ripon, California
  84. Little Bishes Stiches (Instagam) | Hagen, Germany
  85. Leading Men Fiber Arts (Instagram) | Central Illinois,
  86. Lavender Lune Yarn Co. (Instagram) | Northern Minnesota, USA
  87. Laine and Lotus (Instagram | Etsy) | Connecticut, USA
  88. Lady Dye Yarns (Instagram )| Massachusetts, USA
  89. Knittinggale Yarns (Instagram) |Wasthington State, USA
  90. Knittingbro Yarn (Instagram) |  Frackville, Pennsylvania, USA
  91. Knit or Dye (Instagram) | Queensland, Australia
  92. Knitty and Color (Instagram | Etsy) | Acworth, Georgia, USA
  93. Knitology (Instagram) | Michigan, USA
  94. Knitcircus Yarns (Instagram) | Wisconsin, USA
  95. Kindred Red (Instagram) | Oakland, California, USA
  96. Keenan Hand Dyed Yarn (Instagram) | Michigan, USA
  97. Junk Yarn (Instagram) | Northern Carolina, USA
  98. House of Alamode (Instagram) | no address provided
  99. Hedgehog Fibres (Instagram) |Cork, Republic of Ireland
  100. Hello Stella Fibres (Instagram) | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  101. Hawthornecottage | Ballarat, Australia
  102. Harbor Fibres (Instagram) | Maine, USA
  103. HalfBaked (Instagram) | Melbourne, Australia
  104. Haalu the ugly bunny (Instagram) | Geilenkirchen, Germany
  105. Happy Hank (Instagram) |Bendigo, Australia
  106. Greentea Yarns (Instagram) | Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  107. Graphic Dyeworks (Instagram) |  Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
  108. Goosey Fibers (Instagram) | Massachusetts, USA
  109. Gingerfully Cozy (Instagram) | Edmonton, Canada
  110. Giddy Yarns (Instagram) | Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
  111. Gathered Sheep yarns (Instagram) | North Essex United Kingdom
  112. Frost Yarns (Instagram) |Southern California, USA
  113. Forgotten Fiber (Instagram) | Georgia, USA
  114. Forbidden Fiber Co (Instagram), Tennessee, USA
  115. Fullyspun (Instagram) | no address, but apparently USA
  116. Fiber Seed (Instagram) | Southern Ohio, USA
  117. Fiber Lily (Instagram) | no address provided, but Australia
  118. Expression Fiber Arts (Instagram) | Charlotte, North Caroline, USA
  119. Explorer knits and (Instagram) |  Illinois, USA
  120. Eden Cottage Yarns (Instagram) | Wetherby, United Kingdom
  121. Dragon Hoard Yarn (Instagram) | no address provided
  122. DoneRoving (Instagram) |  Downeast Maine, USA
  123. Dye Diana Dye (Instagram) | Atlanta, USA
  124. Destination Yarn (Instagram) | Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  125. Desert Bloom Yarns (Instagram) | Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
  126. Cowgirlblues (Instagram) |Cape Town, South Africa 
  127. Cornbread and Honey (Instagram) | Painesville, Ohio, USA
  128. ColagirlCollectiveAu (Instagram) | Adelaide, Australia
  129. Cloud Forest Yarns (Instagram) |Brisbane in Queensland, Australia
  130. C’Laines Boutique (Instagram) | Angers, France
  131. Cat Sandwich Fibers (Instagram) | no address provided, probably USA
  132. Catsandsparrow (Instagram) | Bristol, Uk
  133. Casual Fashion Queen (Instagram) | Central Florida, USA
  134. Candy Skein (Instagram) | Astoria, Oregon, USA
  135. BuzzinYarns (Instagram) | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  136. Bumblebeeacresfarm (Instagram) | Northern Illinois, USA
  137. Broadwickfibers (Instagram, Etsy) | Denver, Colorado
  138. Blue Mule Fiber (Instagram) | Fayetville, Texas, USA
  139. Blue Moon Fiber Arts (Instagram) | Scappoose, Oregon, USA
  140. Blue Brick (Instagram) | Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  141. Blue Barn Fiber (Instagram) | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho | USA
  142. Big Sky Yarn & Co (Instagram) | Probably USA?
  143. Biffsugar Yarns (Instagram) | Salisbury, United Kingdom
  144. Becozi (Instagram, Etsy) |  State of Michigan, US
  145. Baahyarn (Instagram) | Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  146. BlackWattle Alpaca Yarn and Fibre (Instagram) | Murrumbateman, NSW, Australia
  147. Black Cat Yarn (Instagram) |Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
  148. A Whimsical Wood Yarn & Co (Instagram) | USA?
  149. Artemis Yarns (Instagram) | near Toulouse, France
  150. Arcane Fiber Works (Instagram) | near Calgary, Canada
  151. Atomic Fiber Co (Instagram) | Orofino, Idaho, USA
  152. Andromeda Sock Yarn (Instagram) | Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  153. Anotherround (Instagram) | Rockland (?), Maine, USA
  154. Ancient Arts Fibre (Instagram) |Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  155. AMO yarn (Instagram) | Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
  156. Air de lune (Instagram, Etsy) | Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  157. A Handmade Journey (Instagram) |Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

Note: Kindly comment on this article if you would like to submit a further entry. It took forever and a day to research this list, but as this industry is changing so rapidly chances are very high I missed more than just a couple. Please understand that I won’t include yarn shops or indie dyers without an internationally accessible website or too high shipping costs for an English speaking audience.

Plant Dyers

hand dyed natural alpaca yarn
Naturally dyed alpaca yarn in Peru | pic: Ken Bosma

Are custom colorways / Indie dyers worth it?

If you clicked through any of the links above, then you probably are familiar with the fact that a 100-gram hank of the typical merino sock wool costs between 20 and 35ish USD. That’s a lot of money for one hank. Go to your local yarn shop (LYS), and you’ll find the same quality Lion Brand (etc.) yarn for a third of that price. So, of course, you might ask yourself if it’s worth it?

That is, entirely, a personal decision and one nobody can answer for you. But I can give you some pointers:

1. How much do indie yarn dyers make?

Most dyers have to buy the yarn bases from a wholesaler. Those typically sell in the range of 10 USD. And even if they produce their own yarn, they could always sell it for that price (if not more). That’s the base cost. Add the costs for the dyes/bleaches/hardware, packaging, and the labor, you might get the first inkling why these skeins are priced so high. And of course, the websites cost money, and so does the marketing. So, there’s a margin of 5ish to 10ish USD per sold skein in the best case.

Sounds, nice, eh? But obviously, one person can only dye, wind, label, and ship so many colorways per month, so that’s the ceiling. Of course, they can find further employees, but that is even more expensive and cuts down the margin even further (that’s one of the reasons you often see partners helping out).

2. Individuality has a price

Go to a LYS and you will find tons of solid and semi-solid yarn options by the big brands. The dyes are so extremely consistent that you could buy two green Schachenmayr Regia 4-ply sock yarns a decade apart and not notice a difference (just in case you were wondering, yes, I actually did that!). But, they can’t offer you a beautiful speckled colorway. Few produce truly great self-striping yarn, and of course, none of them offer made-to-order colors. And that individuality has a price.

I love natural fibers and dyes. I love knitting with exotic yarns and prefer semi-solids. So, for me, indie dyers are only very rarely a choice. Other people simply cannot afford to spend 200USD on a sweater, even if they wanted. And that’s okay as well (in this case, spinning, and dying your own yarn can be a viable approach). You are paying for creativity and adding a very personal touch to your finished object. Indie dyers are also often much faster in reacting to trends. Neon colors are just one example where the big brands were much slower in providing consumers with adequate choices.

3. You can find the perfect color for your project

I don’t know about you, but sometimes you see a pattern or have an idea for something you just HAVE to knit. And you instantly know which color you want it in. But then you go to your LYS and ask if they have a DK weight merino wool in a grey-ish pink and the answer is no. You don’t even want to know how often this has happened to me.

But for me, the reason why I knit is that I can knit whatever I want, in my size and my favorite color. If I wanted to be limited by size and color, I’d go to a regular department store and buy my sweaters there. That’s probably cheaper and faster in most cases. And this is another area where indie dyers excel. You can either browse the list to find your color or find one that will dye a hank or two according to your specifications.

4. Shop wisely

There are way over a hundred indie yarn dyers on my list, and there are probably a hundred more I didn’t find (yet) or didn’t deem worthy to enter the list (too small, weird shop, no international shipping, etc). Don’t think of them as one inherent mass where you can expect the same quality. Some of them have years of experience and others just started. Some know how to take photographs of their pictures (you know, with flower clippings and steaming coffee), others don’t. Some know how to create dyes that look beautiful when knitted, and others only create beautiful hanks. And the yarn bases don’t have the same quality either.

That’s why you absolutely need to shop wisely. A lot of dyers offer mini skeins. Use that to test the quality and stick to those you liked. Also, some dyers provide swatches for their colorways you can look at before you shop. And then, of course, there are shipping costs. If you buy a single skein here, and another single skein there, you will end up with tremendous amounts of shipping costs.

Oh..and talking about single skeins. I know, 30 USD for a skein is expensive. So 60 for two is even more money. But, consider resisting the temptation and don’t buy too many single skeins (except you are a sock knitter). There’s only so much you can knit with 100 grams of sock yarn. Too often, these beautiful colorways never get knit because there’s never the right project with it.

5. It’s about treating yourself

Knitting takes time. Some of us are a bit faster, and others prefer a slower pace, but you end up spending hours upon hours looking and feeling a yarn – before you even get to wear it. That’s one of the reasons why I choose the yarns and fibers I knit with so carefully. I don’t want to knit 40 hours with a horrible acrylic yarn from the 80ies that is prone to triboelectric charging and makes my fingers feel sweaty.

Now, obviously, some knitters operate on a tighter budget than others, and tastes differ as well. So, there is absolutely no need to buy from indie dyers and they are not inherently better. But, those yarns can be a nice way to treat yourself to something special you will thoroughly enjoy knitting with.

6. Indie dyers are not for knitters on a tight budget

I already touched on the subjects of quality and budget, but I want to stress one more point: If you can’t really afford that custom colorway, don’t buy it!

I had colorways that were this side of heaven, but I also had tangled messes with knots in between that bled like crazy, knitted up like a nightmare with tons of color-pooling (even though the skein looked beautiful!), and that took forever and a day to ship.

Now, please don’t get the impression that this happens one out of two orders. Far from it. But it’s not unheard of either. And it would be quite the pity if you saved up to be finally able to afford it and then get disappointed proportionally. You are not paying for magic unicorn fluff (okay, I’m sure there is a colorway with that name, lol) but for quite a lot of hard labor and a lot of creativity.

Last thoughts

raw dyed wool

I wrote this list in the hope to give people the perfect way to find the best yarn for their next project. These days, it’s often those dyers who are best at taking pictures and marketing themselves on social media who get the most attention. This list is meant as an equalizer.

In this spirit, I urge you to look behind the scenes. Some shops may appear a bit outdated, but that doesn’t mean the quality is worse. Some might not have the largest following on social media, but their colorways can be just as amazing. And sometimes, when one shop currently has no stocks, it pays off to look around to find something similar or even better. So, feel free to bookmark my little list and peruse it at your leisure. I will make sure to update it regularly.

Note: Here’s a tutorial if you still don’t know how to roll a hank of yarn into a ball. And here’s how to read yarn labels.

So, That was my ultimate list of indie yarn dyers. I hope you found something to your liking & make sure to tell me about your favorite dyers in the comments!

The ultimate list of indie yarn dyers

62 thoughts on “The best indie yarn dyers”

  1. I very much enjoy Gathered Sheep yarns based in the UK. A single person business focusing on pure wool (some from her town), supports smaller croft, and uses recycled and recyclable packaging.

  2. Thank you for this extensive list, Norman. I like yarns from Palouse Yarn Company in Moscow, Idaho, USA. Also a single-person business– owner has a dye studio as well as local store stocking lots of brands. (I’m a satisfied customer, not the owner.)

  3. A fantastic list! As someone just getting into indie yarn I appreciate this so much, as there are so many dyers to choose from! Just a note (to save anyone the surprise shipping costs), Wild Atlantic Yarns (no.6 in the list I think) in Donegal are in the Republic of Ireland, not the UK!

    • Hey Caitie,
      thanks for catching that mistake…and the worst part..I’ve been to Donegal twice already, lol! But hey…this is a big list and the information on some websites a bit…let’s say scarce. heh.

  4. Hi Norman,
    I am becoming a fan of everything you have created on the web. I serendipitously found a YouTube video of yours and was impressed by your clear instructions and entertaining manner. I just bought a mushroom pattern and have been reading through it before I start. Anyway, I wanted to share 2 of my very favorite yarn dyers. Solstice Yarns on Etsy. Her name is Eleanor and she is very prompt and professional with getting her yarns to customers. She is a poetess with color and names for her yarn. She is very reasonably priced, too. I also love DDD or DyeDianaDye Whom I have met through Ravelry. She also has recently opened an online store. She dyes bamboo, silk and linen yarns in intense colors. DyeForYarn is based in Germany and they have lovely consistent colors too. They sell out of Etsy, too.

  5. Wow! What I wonderful rabbit hole to get lost in – so many I did not know about here! I have a few more to add as I have a wonderful selection of Indy Dyers in Montana that I love – Western Sky Knits, Big Sky Yarn Co, and Polka Dot Sheep Yarns (not to be confused with PolkaDot Creek). Thank you for completing this arduous task.

  6. I am desperate to find Indi Yarn Dyers in Spain, specially if the wool is from Spain as well. And the ice on the cake would be if it is my own province. I am pretty sure there have to be people here as there is an area with a special breed of Merino sheeps with lot of artisans from all over Europe come to settle here.

  7. Old Maiden Aunt (Scotland I believe) do some wonderful semi-solid yarns

    Also slight typo on Stranded Dyeworks location 😊 (I love their yarn too and have some wonderfully squishy hats made from the Aran weight yarns they very rarely offer)

  8. Thank you, Norman, for this amazing and inclusive list. I would love to bring to your attention a few more… ; ) Sweet Sparrow Yarns has beautiful and natural looking colorways in soft beautiful tones that you may really like. Many bases to choose from that the owner, Julie, dyes including a nice one with a tiny slub texture to it. Her business is in Upstate New York, USA. Another great one in Montreal, Canada is By Delz, Vincent Deslandes, a highly skilled dyer and designer too. One more is Michelle of Woolens & Nosh who makes amazing self-striping colorways with rich colors on different bases. Loving your tutorials. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday! Cheers!

  9. Hi, Norman! I subscribed to your newsletter, and thank you for the free knitting pattern!

    I would like to add something to the list above, and it’s called Papiput yarn, hand dyed yarns from where I am, Indonesia! I am so happy to share it with you! (Their yarns are not cheap, though, one hank costs 230.000 Rupiahs (around 16$) w/o shipping)

    • Thank you for adding it. Please understand that I won’T add it to the list as currently most people reading my blog aren’t based in South East Asia. Also, when I checked, they didn’t have any inventory.

  10. Hallo Norman!
    Ich habe deine wunderbare Liste durch deinen YT comment heute gefunden. Wow – toll! Danke für die viele Arbeit.

    Ich hätte noch 1 hinzuzufügen:
    aus Hagen/ Deutschland
    ihre Website ist ist eigentlich in Englisch (aber auch Deutsch)
    Sie liefert weltweit.
    Und ich liebe, liebe ihre Färbungen.

    Liebe Grüße, Hannah

  11. Dear Norman,

    I found your blog recently and have been bingeing right through it. Thank you so, so much for all the information!

    Would you be willing to share where you got the yarn in the centre of the first picture within the article (the dark green-blueish hank, between a blue one and a yellow one)? That one is really stunning.

    And one suggestion for the list: Painter’s Yarn in Ry, Denmark.
    Her yarn’s are amazing 🙂

    • Added them Laura. Thx for the addition. I mean, they are more like a local yarn shop but it seems they are getting serious about dyeing so it seems okay to be included.

  12. Thank you for putting this list together. It’s great! I’d like to submit a couple of indie dyers: Magpie Fibers in Frederick, MD and A Chick That Knitz in Edmond, OK. I love indie dyers and that’s about all I buy these days.

  13. Hi – and what a fantastic list! I wonder if I could submit myself? I’m Cat & Sparrow UK and my site is catandsparrow. I do fibres and yarns. Thanks for the great article.

  14. Thank you for this list, I can’t wait to order some new yarn! I’ve made a few projects with Shirsty Cat yarn and love her colors/yarns. She’s based out of Philadelphia PA. Two others that I really love the colors of is Arcane Fibers (I’ll be doing my first project with his yarn next month) and Fiber for the People (I plan on ordering a few of her skeins in the Yennifer colorway soon).

  15. It was great to find a list like this.

    I would suggest a couple of additions:

    Siobhan’s Crafts – very friendly, indie dyer who does some great colourways

    Handmade by Joe – a young man who has built up a great business selling hand-dyed yarn and who also focuses on crochet

  16. Hi Norman!

    My name is Becky, and I am the Chief Colour Creator of Smiling Sheep Fine Yarns from Leduc, Alberta.
    We have been around and dyeing since 2015 (with a hiatus for family medical reasons) but back at it strong since January 2020. We would love to be in your list of indie dyers!

    Love what you do, keep up the amazing work!

    Becky Tomaszewski
    Smiling Sheep Fine Yarns

  17. Wonderful list! As you can see by the date, I’m late to the party. I don’t know if Sweet Georgia yarns in Vancouver qualifies for the list but (hooboy!) their yarn bases and colour palettes are swoon-worthy. I aspire to save up and make my ‘once in a lifetime’ bfl/silk pullover. It will wait, though, because some of the colours come and go each season and I can wait for that perfect deep forest green, neither yellow nor too blue. My day will come but in the meantime I will make small colourful treasures to give to loved ones.

  18. Some for your wonderful list:

    Oliviaandoliverfibers in Utrecht NL
    Beehiveyarns in the UK
    Pigment.and.ply in the UK
    Clare_birdstreetyarn in the UK
    Zakamiyarn in the UK
    Badcattooyarn in NL

    They are all active (I had bought in the last few months).

    I’m looking forward to exploring your list, I seem to be collecting yarn but never having time to finish wips

  19. What an amazing list! May I submit myself? I’m Yarn Therapy, and we’re based in New Zealand. (, on all social media as @yarntherapynz) Thank you!! And what an awesome site – so glad I found you!

  20. Hi Norman, I just came across your lovely list, this is awesome! Would you kindly include my website please?

    Thanks so much, Sue

    P.S. My shop was hibernating due to health issues, but I’ve started working again – just in case you have concerns.

  21. If this list is still being updated, an old favorite of mine is Oink Pigments dually based out of Indiana and California, and I recently discovered Fiber for the People in Henderson, Nevada! I love shopping local when I can (:

  22. Hazel Knits is Seattle WA. There were online only for years but have a storefront also now.
    Laura Sequeira

  23. Hello Norman,
    Thank you so much for this list and all you do for us. My favorite indie yarn in New England, USA is Seven Sisters. Every time I ask for this yarn, the shop owners always mention how genuinely kind and nice the owners of Seven Sisters are, and how their yarn is just superb. I agree and use their yarn almost exclusively. It knits like a dream!

  24. Prost Neujahr und tausend Dank für diese tolle Liste! Ich habe nach Garnfärbern (ist das das richtige Wort?) in Deutschland und der EU gesucht, weil es sehr teuer geworden ist, aus den USA zu bestellen und ich auch mehr lokale Künstler unterstützen möchte. Da bin ich auf diese Liste gestoßen – natürlich, Norman hat sich die Mühe gemacht, wer auch sonst. Ein paar der deutschen Färber sind entweder nicht mehr tätig oder sind umgezogen, aber wenn man die Namen googelt, kommt man meistens zum Ziel. Jetzt habe ich die Qual der Wahl! 🙂

    • Hallo Claudia,
      ja ich geh die liste jetzt nicht täglich durch. Nur so einmal alle halbe Jahr. Gerade zum Jahreswechsel gibt es ja immer viele ändern (geschäftsaufgabe, neue webseite, neue name etc).

  25. Hi Norman,
    First of all THANK YOU for making my knitting journey so much more enjoyable. I particularly appreciate how you explain the numerous different ways to do each specific stitch. On the indie yarn dyers front, here in the UK I buy almost all of my yarns now from Meadow Yarn ( This is a small, family-run business offering quality yarns in wonderful colours. I think it deserves a spot on your list.


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