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Hedgehog Fibres

IMG_0175Hedgehog Fibres is the work of full-time independent dyer Beata, who is originally from Slovaka, now living in Cork, Ireland.

While many knitters cite the beautifully tactile fibres that first attracted them to Hedgehog Fibres’s work, it’s definitely Beata’s colourways that are the star attraction.

Beata’s inspiration for Hedgehog’s colourways come from nature, music, and the beautiful Irish countryside and culture.  ”I love old Irish tales and legends, so dark and mystical; some of the dark colourways are probably inspired by that,” she says. “But I like combining and matching colours. At the moment, I’m into dark, muted colours and the purple/green combo.”

Her favorite?  ”Hurricane would be my absolute favorite at the moment –I’m making a cardigan using this colour, it’s very wearable. But I like them all!”

Perhaps part of the reason that so many knitters love crafting with Hedgehog Fibers is that Beata’s own sensibilities as a knitter and crafter inform her work.

“I started off as a knitter. Knitting is my first and uttermost love, but I like all things crafty, so I started dyeing yarn for myself first,” she explains. “Then I got fired from my job … so I took what was meant to be a half-year off. That time off led me to many ideas, one of which was turning yarn dyeing into a business, and it seems it has worked.”

MIKI_0792 copyHedgehog Fibres is also going through an identity re-design, which is keeping Beata very busy: “The logo, website, yarn labels, business cards–but it seems like a long journey before everything is finished!”  This hasn’t kept Beata from considering new products for the line, though.  ”Gossamer weight yarn? Not sure whether there’s market for it. Also, I’d like to have few more different fibre blends.”

il_155x125.85320347Beata sells her yarns through her Etsy store and it can be difficult to get the sale, as Beata’s many fans keep a sharp eye peeled (mainly through her Ravelry group, Hedgehog Fibre Rocks) for the re-stocking of the store.  If you’d like to buy a skein or two in a certain colourway, though, contact Beata directly, and she’ll dye your request and put it up on the Etsy store marked specially for you.

MIKI_0685.JPGI’ve yet to purchase the colourways I have my eye on, as my queue is full up at the moment with Christmas presents already purchased for, but I’ll definitely be buying, hopefully before we leave Ireland.  And, of course, just in case anyone’s wondering what an ideal Christmas present might be…  :)

Keep an eye on her blog to see what Beata’s up to, to see some gorgeous handknits in Beata’s luscious colorways, and keep up with Lola the dog, as well.

(All photos © Hedgehog Fibres, 2009)

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90 Responses to “Hedgehog Fibres”

  1. zlee says:

    I’d love to see comments from readers who have worked with Beata’s yarns (I’d love to hear how they are to work with), and especially links to see pics of your FOs or WIPs made with Hedgehog Fibre yarns.

    I personally adore semi-solids, and Hedgehog Fibre’s semi-solids are drop dead gorgeous!

    http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_430xN.85153424.jpg

  2. Donna says:

    I’m new to Hedgehog Fibres, having purchased two skeins, but Beata is my new favorite indie dyer. She is so talented with her colourways. They are unique and really call to mind the Irish soil and sea, just gorgeous! And her service so far has been impeccable – I can’t wait to buy more. I’m knitting a silk scarf now and will post photos very soon. Just love it!

  3. Laura says:

    I love Beata’s colourways! I’ve just spun up some of her Fallen merino. So lovely and soft! Will definitely be ordering some more …

  4. Lindsay says:

    I’ve been a fan since December 08, and I adore every skein I have. Just winding the yarn into a ball is a pleasure, because the color shifts are so beautiful. My only problem is that I love it so much I have trouble finding projects that I think will do it justice (hence only two WIPs and a lack of finished objects on my part)!

  5. Paula says:

    I was lucky to find Hedgehog Fibres this summer and fell in love with Beata’s yarn! I love the feel of them and her colors are just wonderful!

  6. Rachael says:

    I have purchased three different kinds of fiber from Beata, in four different colorways. Her fibers are luscious and the colors are exquisite and beautifully done. I can’t wait to buy more!

  7. jana says:

    i have discovered hedgehog fibres when looking at some pretty knitted object from a finnish designer. decided i really want to try them as the colours and structure were fantastic.
    i am a big fan of muted colours and quality stuff and these yarns seem to be it for me.
    received my first purchase yesterday – a beautifuly dark, luxuqious silk/merino blend – and really enjoy working woith the stuff. making myself a big, lacy crocheted shawl, now trying out patterns (see http://pragueloop.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-yarn-new-project.html for the first pics)

  8. Susan says:

    I am very enamored of the subtle color pairings in Beata’s fibers. I look forward to her shop updates!

  9. Cindy says:

    I have been knitting with Hedgehog Fibres yarn for about two years now. I found her through Etsy and Ravelry, and she is my absolute favorite yarn provider. Her fibers are so soft and wonderful, her colors absolutely gorgeous, and the quality of everything is out standing. And the prices are VERY fair, you get amazing yarn and a nice price.

    It feels wonderful to support a home grown business, and you won’t be disappointed. the customer service is also fantastic, and she does custom jobs all the time. I just finished a project using HF and just started another one last night – loving my HF!

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