the little grey girl

Meet the dyer

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Last year at The Little Grey Girl I launched a new product: the Mystery Gems. As soon as I found the fabric and the mood board was created, I instantly knew the dyer I wanted. It could only be Kim Laudan of Golding Yarns. I had many of Kim's yarns in my stash and knew I needed a one-of-a-kind yarn for you all. 

As we prepare to launch the first of the four - yes, 4 for 2018! - I thought I would get Kim to share her story, her yarns and her insight into dyeing the yarn for the inaugural TLGG Mystery Gem. 

So without further ado, meet Kim Laudan of Golding Yarns! 

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Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Kim, and by day I am a primary school teacher, but I have an art background and love to experiment with dye colours during weekends and school holidays. I live in Norwich with my husband, our dog, Peggy Sue and two cats. Pretty soon we are going to be parents, which is really insane.

When did you start to knit/crochet?

I taught myself to crochet using youtube videos about 7 years ago I think. I’d seen loads of cool crochet blankets and challenged myself to learn. A few years later I did the same with knitting. I’d had a go when I was a kid and dabbled a bit at uni, but never actually made anything properly. 

What’s your favourite item you have knitted/crocheted?

This probably changes like the wind depending on which project I’ve worked on recently. The item I use more than anything else I’ve ever made is a gigantic crochet blanket -  I sit under it pretty much every night.  My knitted Norwegian mittens are one of my most used items in winter and my first proper attempt at colourwork so they’re quite special. Recently, I’d say all the baby knits I have made have taken over the favourites list - there’s just something about things in miniature! 

What was the last thing off your needles/hook?

The last thing I knitted was a baby cardigan, and I’ve got a romper on the needles nearly finished. I’m also working on a scrappy crochet pram blanket.

What’s in your notion case?

I usually have some embroidery scissors, a tin of locking stitch markers, measuring tape, a biro and highlighter for marking on my patterns. I also have a little needle tube which comes in handy.

What yarns do you have in your stash?

So many! I always pick up a skein or two of something when I travel somewhere. I obviously have a lot of Golding Yarns leftovers, but I have some lovely skeins of Malabrigo, Stranded Dyeworks, Brooklyn Tweed and La Bien Aimée to find projects for.

How/When did you start dying yarn?

I started dyeing yarn a couple of years ago. I’d challenged myself to learn another new skill (I had dyed lots of fabrics in the past and thought yarn would be a good next step) and started with food dye colours before investing in some professional acid dyes.


Tell us about your dyeing space/studio.

I love my studio space! After using a combination of my utility room and kitchen, we decided to put a studio shed at the bottom of the garden. It has everything I need apart from water and a sink, but it’s a cosy space with big vintage tables and pegboards to hold all of my bits and pieces. It’s full of colour, and I usually have a furry companion or two to watch me work.

What’s your inspiration when creating colourways?

I like to use pop culture inspirations - whether thats a film, song, tv character or book. Sometimes I use a source image, but other times it’s just a general vibe of the theme.


What’s your favourite colourway to dye?

I have always loved my Marvellous Medicine colour way, but I have also loved my club colour ways, particularly the Fresh Prince inspired colours - bright and fun!

What’s coming up for you in the next 12 months?

That’s a hard one to know at the moment! There will be a Golding Yarns baby appearing in March, which means everything is a bit uncertain, but I hope to get back to the dye pots in the summer!

Where can people find you?

I have a shop on etsy, and I’m pretty active on instagram @goldingyarns

About this collaboration

What was your approach to dyeing this yarn?

I loved the summery theme, I knew once I saw the mood board that I wanted to use a range of colours that were bright but soft. I used a familiar technique to blend and layer the colours.

How did you decide what you wanted to dye from the mood board?

I took an overall mental snapshot of the imagery and colours and tried to use them in a way that felt true to the Golding Yarns style, using lots of colour in a way that they blend and contrast once they’re knitted up.


2018 Shows, shows, shows

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A new year for knitters means a new list of yarns to try, new techniques to master and new patterns to knit. What could be better for inspiration and yarn fumes than a yarn show? The calendar below covers all of the shows I am aware of in England, Scotland and Ireland.

I've also created a handy downloadable calendar of shows for the year!

It's Sweater Season

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Well, the weather changed all of a sudden, didn't it? That sharp plummet in temperature, the leaves turning, the conkers on the ground... And even snow in November! Winter is well and truly here.

All this means it's sweater season!

I seem to have sweater quantities of yarn galore as well as a loooong list of projects I absolutely must knit. 

To make the most of all those sweater opportunities, I thought I would share some of my favourite patterns with you in case you (like me) are feeling the itch to cast on all the things.

Knitters' Paradise


I think when you start knitting, you have no idea quite where this could take you, how deep you can really go when you pick up your first pair of needles and ball of wool.

Whatever made you start, whatever you get out of it - the pleasures, the pains, the costs - there is something that means you just can't stop and before you know it, your stash has outgrown its original 'must not get bigger than this' container and you are there fully involved and chasing yarns when dyers have updates. Come on, hands up if this is you too!?

It's Showtime


Let's talk about 2017 yarn shows & planning for them

February brings the start of indie knitting shows. There’s nothing better than knitting show season. For me, they're a great way to meet new people and get introduced to new indie makers and dyers, as well as topping up my stock of yarns and accessories from my favs. Writing my shopping list and been lost in that thing thats soo beautiful you just have to have it... there's nothing quite like it.