Episode 84: Yarns From The Plain – An Interview with Nic Rudd

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This week we’re joined by the wonderful Nic Rudd of Yarns From The Plain, purveyor of lovely British hand dyed yarns and voice of the Yarns From The Plain podcast.

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Nic joins us today for the interview to tell us about her journey into dyeing, having previously been an industrial chemist and a primary school teacher. She came back to knitting after attending a maths workshop for school and now does pretty much anything you can do with wool. She made the decision to go and study at Bradford part-time for an HNC in Contemporary Constructed Textiles.

A typical day for Nic varies depending upon which area of the business she is working on, or whether she is attending college and studying for that.

Her best learning experience was trying a new dye style for The Golden Skein and despite working out how long she would need and adding 20%, she still had to enlist the help of three other people to have the shipment out on time. The lesson here is that you always need longer than you think!

Her high point has been seeing her yarn on the front cover of Inside Crochet magazine, in a design by Agrarian Artisan. They are now working together to produce crochet kits, three of which will be available at Fluph in Dundee, when Nic returns for another trunk show in May.

Things you should know when you start knitting is the importance of a gauge swatch. It’s not big or clever, just do the prep work or you’ll end up disappointed with the result. Her advice to those wanting to get into the industry is to not underestimate the amount of time you will spend marketing. Also she advocates getting out and about as much as possible to avoid long lonely periods.


Nic has very kindly offered listeners of the podcast a massive 15% off with the code SHINY15 until the end of May 2016. To claim your discount, head over to the newly restocked shop!


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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