I first learned how to knit when I was around 8 years of age and over the years, I've picked it up and put it down again as a hobby. It's only within the last 8 years or so that I've really developed a passion for knitting, crochet and all things yarn related.
I found as a knitter, that I could never quite find the colour or the combination of colours that I was looking for in mass-produced yarn and even if I did find something close, the quality of the yarn was a bit grim. I'm not a lover of acrylic! This desire for certain colours and types of yarn became something of a burning fire and it wasn't long before I started to consider dyeing my own yarn.
Some years ago, I went to watercolour painting classes for 3 years. I quickly realised that I cannot paint, but what I did love, was watching the way the colours blended and swirled together in washes. This love of colour combined with my love of knitting and I soon started to dye up my own colourways.
It was a dear friend who kept persuading me to make more and have a go at selling them. So, after several cups of tea, we decided to take a stall at a local Artisan Market. The day was a great success with many lovely comments about my yarns and so, spurred on by this, I decided to take the plung and I launched Yan-Tan-Tethera Yarns.
The name Yan-Tan-Tethera comes from the counting rhyme/system traditionally used by shepherds to count sheep in Northern England (and in other parts of England and the British Isles). Put that together with being born and raised in Yorkshire and discovering that it was also used for counting stitches in knitting and it seemed like the perfect choice for my enterprise! There is a song about this counting system; look on the Links page to find the Jack Thackray link.
About the Logo
A very big thank you to my special friend Kirsty who has created and designed the Yan-Tan-Tethera Yarns logo of three sheep jumping a fence. Kirsty has supported and encouraged me to move my love of dyeing yarns from out of the kitchen and local craft shows, into the ‘big, wide world’ via this website. Kirsty continues to provide valuable feedback, advice and cups of tea and I would be lost without her.
Thank you sweetie xxx