Like the question about what came first, the chicken or the egg, Vicki of DizzyDragonflies’ addiction to yarn has led to dyeing, weaving and knitting—or did these activities lead to the love of yarn? In any event, Vicki says, “I have always loved creating items. My main love has always been yarn, knitting and crocheting. By accident I started selling my hand knit items, people offering to pay for me to make them something that I had on or had given to a friend . . . Now I have tried my hand at spinning and hand dyeing yarn, and love them both.” She is thrilled that she can sell things she truly loves to make.

Vicki uses Kool Aid and/or Jacquard yarn dyes in her work, resulting in wonderfully rich colors such as the yarns shown below. She can custom dye as many skeins as you wish if you contact her through her shop.

Likewise, when you see an item in Vicki’s shop that she has sold to someone else, she can duplicate it for you in a color you choose. Her cable knit scarves are especially attractive.

If you are interested in seeing how Vicki dyes her yarn in a kettle, you can see the step-by-step process in the Bright yarn tutorial on her blog.

Vicki’s love of “all things yarn” has been fed by the yarn community, a closely knit group (pardon the pun!) that loves to exchange ideas and tips. Another Etsy seller, Spin, Knit and Life, introduced Vicki to spinning, which led to the purchase of a spinning wheel. The first item she dyed was spun from that wheel and incorporated into a lovely sweater.

Through another friend on Ravelry, a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to gather and exchange ideas and information, Vicki learned how to spin yarn onto a core.

If you love yarn as much as I do, you’ll want to visit Vicki’s shop and blog. You’ll also find her on the Web in these additional locations:

Ravelry (you will need to join this site to view Vicki’s page):

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