Episode 59: Self-Stripe Madness – An Interview with Michelle Berry of Berry Colourful Yarnings

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This episode of the Shinybees podcast is sponsored by Yarn in the City. Yarn in the City creates experiential yarn-centric events for knitters and makers, designed to bring people together through a shared love of craft. Yarn in the City organises the annual Great London Yarn Crawl taking place this year on Saturday, 5th September.

This year’s Yarn Crawl will also feature the addition of a one-day Pop-Up Marketplace taking place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, featuring over 30 vendors from London and around the UK. To top off the weekend, on Sunday, 6th September, Yarn in the City will be hosting pattern designer and technical editor Kate Atherley for two workshops in central London.

To book your tickets for this fantastic event, head over to www.yarninthecity.com.



I know. I’ve been banging on about this for the past few episodes.

Well I have good news!

Thanks to all of you being kind enough to vote and support the podcast, it’s been nominated in not one, but TWO categories!

Games and Hobbies

Most Engaged Audience (Go knitters! That’s you guys!!!)

Now it’s down to the final three I need to ask you all another favour.

Please could you go and vote for the podcast in both categories.

You’ll be able to scroll downwards to Games and Hobbies after voting in Most Engaged Audience (shakes pompoms) and you can vote anonymously if you don’t want to login.

If you’d consider sharing your vote on social media afterwards, I would be super grateful.

A HUGE thank you to all of you for making this happen. I am so blown away to even be a finalist and to be one in the main category for audience engagement can only be down to your efforts.


This week I’m delighted to welcome Michelle Berry of Berry Colourful Yarnings onto the show. A US-based indie dyer, Michelle specialises in hand dyeing self-striping yarns with a longer colour repeat. Often themed around films or books, Michelle’s latest collaboration with designer Lara Smoot – the Potterful Kit – takes its inspiration from a certain boy wizard.

Michelle lives in New Mexico and as well as running Berry Colourful Yarnings, she assists in running her husband’s construction business and home schools her two daughters.

Michelle came to knitting through her ten year old niece who taught her to knit after she realised that crocheting with beautiful hand dyed yarn was expensive, as it uses much more! Having experimented with Kool-Aid dyeing the year previously, she began her hand-dyeing journey with the encouragement of a knitty friend and opened her shop a month later.

You can find Michelle at her website as well as Instagram, Twitter and Ravelry.

Want to try some of Michelle’s yarns?

Listeners of the podcast can enjoy at 10% discount on all purchases (including kits) with the code Shinybees10. Michelle also offers free shipping worldwide (hurrah!) as the cost of postage, particularly internationally, was a driving factor in her beginning to dye her own yarns.

The code will run until the end of the year and there will be a shop update in the last week in August.

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That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!

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