Elliebelly Yarn was launched in a Birmingham, Alabama kitchen in 2006. It was a logical evolution for a collage artist and fabric dyer who liked to knit and was persnickety about color patterning. The leap from fabric to fiber was fun and rewarding and early requests from friends for a few skeins promptly led to an online business, which took off at a surprising rate. A lot of my early dyeing efforts were for young mothers knitting for their children and relied on work horse yarns in fibers that were hard to get at the time, like Blue Faced Leicester and organic Merino. Along the way, I began to focus on luxury yarns, including Cashmere, Silk, and Linen, and began the search for the perfect sock yarn. Over the years, both my dyeing approach and selection of base yarns evolved.
By the time Ravelry was coming out of its early BETA mode and the term indie yarn dyer was coming into use, my career took a different turn and I made the difficult decision to temporarily shutter the business side of Elliebelly. Although I’ve remained active as a blogger throughout, the site has been inactive since 2008, except for a brief burst of activity in 2017. I still knit & dye, and hope to get back to offering yarn for sale at some point in the future. There is an Elliebelly Group on Ravelry.
If you have Elliebelly projects you would like to see pictured on the website, please send me your photos. Happy Knitting!