As part of my series of interviews with hand-dyers, I’m sharing the words of Bernie of Bear In Sheep’s Clothing today. After an online friendship and sharing many real-life friends, I finally met Bernie at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017. We talked yarn, motherhood, and life. It’s always nice when an online friend is also a real-life friend without awkwardness.
Today, I’d like to focus on Bernie’s words because her work as a yarn-dyer is vibrant, like her personality. Excuse my crazy eyes (was in the car for two hours before this), but here’s a photo of us together at West Cork Yarn Festival 2019.
She shares some fun photos of dyeing, life, and yarn in her Instagram feed, so give it a follow if you don’t already. Now, away with the interview itself.
I went to EYF and knew I wanted to be part of that world! The colours, the hustle and bustle! The camaraderie between vendors! I saw so many different fibres that I hadn’t seen in Ireland at the time, I bought some Masham and literally fell in love!
I’ve always been Bear, not just my first name… my maiden name was Kerr. (Care bear! Cartoon from the ‘80’s) I love hugs, I’m a protective mama, and it’s a play on the fact that we should just wear wool!
The colour, the freedom… but most of all the craic! There are many days/months of solitary slogging away in the studio but then you pack up all your hard work and bring it to a show and meet sooo many lovely people that love what you do and you feel giddy and proud!
Customer satisfaction! A banging playlist, coffee and energy bars!
I love the bustle of the city! The moody skies over the hills, the ever changing colours of the hills themselves, the wonderful new peaceful murals bringing Belfast into a new era!
Happy, and quick! Between school drop offs and pick ups! Next year everyone will be in longer and I’ll not know myself!
I trust every instinct! I go for it, I write it down. If I’m looking to achieve a specific colour I get my tiny beakers out and experiment! I always use up the dyes I practice with though!
, she built a wonderful business, dyed gorgeous colours and was the most lovely, welcoming person!
I am more passionate about creating yarn that will make a beautiful FO than how good it looks in a skein!
Stitch markers!! I like to knitflix so stitch markers are invaluable!
A calm body of water as I dip my toes in… while knitting of course! 😂😘
Such fun to share Bernie’s interview with you. Pop over to her Instagram to see more of her work and words. You can also see her yarn in a pattern in my upcoming Ultraviolet Knits book.
You can read other interviews with hand-dyers, artists, designers, and creatives HERE in the Community & Interviews
category of EvinOK.