Indie Club 2019! Q&A with Apple Fiber Studio!

Behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we want to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!

Today, we learn about Apple Fiber Studios, our Indie Dyer for January's Indie Club! Hailing from the great state of Washington, these folks bring you soft, brilliantly dyed yarns with an emphasis on fun down to their very core. . . y'know like an apple c- ...any way, let's meet Apple Fiber Studios!

When did you start dyeing yarn?  

Why did you name the company Apple Fiber Studio?  
Apple Fiber Studio was named after the great state of Washington state.  We also have a local yarn shop in Bellingham, WA that is Apple Yarns and we have been around since 2007. 

What was the first color that you dyed and why did you start with that?  
The first color in our McIntosh collection was Dreaming of Hawaii.  In the Pacific Northwest we get a little bit of rain and it is natural to be dreaming of Hawaii in February.  The color reminds me of swimming with my family in Honolua Bay.

Where do you find your inspiration for colors?  
My every-day life; sometimes I come up with a name I really like as in Happy Hammock. The imagery of my kids laying in their colorful hammocks brings a smile to my face .  Other times it is a color that just pops in the dye pots; when that happens we get suggestions from our team members until the perfect one emerges.  Party Cloudy is one of those yarns.

Is there any particular color that has a special meaning to you?
I am most proud of Buttercup Invasion, it is a yellow that makes people happy.  It is a color that I would never have guessed would be one of our best sellers but you can’t help but have a smile when you see it.

Buttercup Invasion 

Would you describe how you feel when you see a garment made from your yarn?

Giddy, it is really cool!

What would you say is the best thing about your yarn?
We start with how a yarn feels in our hands and then we play with color, it always about how the yarn feels.

For what kinds of projects are your yarns best suited?  
We now have 8 different yarns but our most popular is McIntosh and that works best with shawls; drapey, soft, and warm.

If you could partner with any designer, who would it be and why?
Ambah O’Brien because of her shawl designs.

What’s next for the future of Apple Fiber Studio?  
More collaboration with designers, yarn shops!

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks?  
Now that the holidays are over it is time to finish 2 sweaters and an afghan for my son getting ready to graduate college.

(Off the wall question so we can get to know you a little better!) If you could design the perfect garden gnome, what would it be?
A garden gnome that pulls weeds, empties the dishwasher, and goes to exercise every day.  More time for me to play with yarn.


Check back soon to meet our Indie Club's dyer for February! Want to learn more about our Indie Club? Click here to check it out! 

Want to see more yarns from Apple Fiber Studio? Click here!

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