April Pop-Up Shop! Vrinda Yarn!

We are very excited to announce our 2020 Pop-Up Shop series! Each month, we will be featuring an indie yarn dyer or company, showcasing their yarn, and highlighting perfect patterns to go with them! We'll also share an interview with the owners and designers here on the blog.

For the month of April, our exclusive Jimmy Beans Pop-Up Shop is featuring Vrinda Yarn! Vrinda was started by Nikki and her husband Jay in 2018, and has been storming the fiber world ever since. Each of Vrinda Yarn's bases are named using Sanskrit, and so is the company itself. Vrinda means "virtue, strength, and without comparison" - values that Nikki and Jay hold true in every part of their lives. Read on for a short interview with Nikki!

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1. Why did you start dyeing yarn? 
Jay has always been an artist and an entrepreneur, always ready to try the next thing. He was in between projects and deciding what he wanted to do next when I suggested he try dyeing some yarn. He has since fell in love with dyeing and the myriad of ways color can be combined in yarn.

2. What inspires you when you develop colors? 
Color! We are fascinated by color, and we want to make sure we have a color that speaks to the heart of each of our customers. With this end in mind, we are always experimenting and trying to make a complete range of colors, so that everyone can find a color, or colors, they love.

3. Is there any particular colorway that has special meaning to you? 
Many of our colorways have special meanings, as we have named them after places or things that are very special to us. Off the Beaten Path is one colorway that is special, because it is one of those colors we just feel the love deep down in our guts every time we see it! Plus the name is reminiscent of our many adventures on family road trips, discovering hidden gems. For Nikki, the colors After All This Time and Always are very special, as most Harry Potter fans might be able to relate. 

4. When did you first learn knitting or crocheting? 
We both learned to knit when we were young, Nikki learned from her grandmother and Jay learned in school. Then we both picked it up again when our 2nd child was born. We only had one set of needles, so one of us would use chopsticks! We didn't stick with it until our 3rd child was born, when Nikki finally took time to sit down and really learn the craft. We haven't looked back since! Nikki as taught to crochet by her grandmother, but hasn't quite found the groove of it the way we have with knitting. We've taught all three of our children to knit as well - it has definitely become a huge part of our family. 

5. And just for fun: If you could design a parade float that was fiber themed, what would it look like? 
The float would pay homage to the various fiber arts traditions from around the world. Think It's a Small World, but with fiber animals and plants, spinning, dyeing, knitting, crochet, weaving - all of it! 

Vrinda Yarn will be specially available for online order through Jimmy Beans for the whole month of April!

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