The Cryptozoologist is a one-woman indie yarn slinger based in Yorkshire, UK specialising in 100% British yarn, dyed up in dreamy shades to represent fantasy, literature, pop culture and video games.
I had to retire my shop briefly while battling with illness, but I’m back with a bang and more colour than ever!
The method I use to dye has changed to reflect my lifestyle. I blend, speckle and paint to make multi-layered colourways that will burst into colour on your needles. I’m launching with a solid collection of eleven colourways and will be adding more as I play, explore and refine at the dyepots.
What’s the same?
I still use 100% Yorkshire reared and processed yarn. It’s a beautiful blend of snuggably soft BFL and hard-wearing nylon to ensure the yarn is powerful enough for socks, but slinky enough for next-to-skin wear.
The sense of fun and fantasy has stayed. I like to put magic into every skein, whether that’s traditional style magic or the zing of something new. I like my colourways to be interesting to the eye, always something new to find.
I joined Countess Ablaze’s Tits Out Collective and my colourway For The Girls has been hugely popular raising a lovely sum of money for Days For Girls, a charity that endeavours to end period poverty and provide sustainable menstrual care and education to girls.
There’s also a new core collection of colourways that would work marvellously in fade designs. From velvety purples and pinks with Wicked Like A Wildfire, Holes in Your Heart and Cold Clay to zingy brights like U’Ghamaro, The Beekeeper and Las Vegas 2049.
One of my favourite colourways, and one I’m finding it incredibly hard to relinquish into the world in The Gracekeepers. Inspired by a book by wonderful British author Kirsty Logan, it’s a stormy mix of blues, blacks and rust. Kirsty herself saw the skein on Twitter and said “WOW. I have to say, while writing a book you never think about what wool colours it might match. And yet this is the absolute perfect colour for The Gracekeepers.”
Such high praise (and yes, I did dance around my living room a bit when I read this).
I hope you’ll join me for the joy of my relaunch, and that you’ll find something beautiful that speaks to you.