About

elliebird

Elliebelly is reopening in January of 2017.  Sign up for our newsletter on the right side of the page to get the details.

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 catered to 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.

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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 for since 2008.  This year I plan to restore the informational aspects of the site, bringing back information about fiber, patterns, and knitting technique.  It will be a slow process, but I hope you will drop by periodically to see my progress and continue to read the Blog, which is currently found here, but will be incorporated more fully into this site in the future.  There is also an Elliebelly Group on Ravelry, which does Knitalongs that are open to everyone in April in October.  I hope you’ll join us there!

Please drop me a line about what you miss from the old site or would like to see on the new one.  And, if you have Elliebelly projects you would like to see pictured on the website, please send me your photos.  Happy 2016 and Happy Knitting!

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