Guest Blog for Lyn Gemmell, Shelridge Yarns
If you read my last blog post, you know that for me, walking with ease, even walking with both feet flat on the ground, is not likely for some time. My friend Lyn is moving and I’ve struggled with how to help until an idea hit – I can write a guest blog for her website. It’s right here, too.
Lyn is the proprietor of Shelridge Yarns. She has been kettle dyeing 72 glorious shades of yarn in her barn, behind her house in Woodville, Ontario, for nearly 7 years.
Lives change, sometimes in good ways, sometimes in bad. Most times we have no idea whether a change is a good one or a bad one until way past the inciting event.
Because of a life change, Lyn and her husband have sold their house, their land, and the kettle dyeing yarn barn. Visiting her office/storeroom stacked almost to the ceiling with yarn in just about every colour and weight imaginable was such a delight, not just for the yarn, but also because of Lyn’s pleasure, passion, and excitement.
Lyn hand paints yarn, too. I think that’s her favourite process. I think those yarns tell a story about her and I like that story very much.
The photo below is a wild selection of hand paints and at the beginning of this post is a colourway named Loons on the Lake, inspired by those magnificent birds off the shore at her Camp .
At the end of this month, Lyn is moving to Gravenhurst to a cottage, a new place to live. There’s no room for the business but Lyn will be searching out a new kettle dyeing space when she arrives in town. We will not be deprived.
Meanwhile, Lyn tells me that website orders will continue although her Etsy store will be on vacation for a while. Yarn packages from Lyn will not likely arrive with the usual break-neck speed, but arrive they will.
This is one determined woman. You can find Lyn at two shows, a very exciting new one, the Fibre Spirit Festival, in Barrie, Ontario on August 25th and the Kitchener Waterloo Knitter’s Fair on September 8th.
Be sure to check out the Fibre Spirit Festival Instagram feed. The photos are so fabulous you will feel like you must go if you live any where near Barrie. With apologies to my subscribers who live elsewhere.