Saturday, 29 August 2009


The latest ladies to grace my Les Femmes yarn collection:

First up, Georgia O'Keefe:

Georgia O'Keefe superwash sock

Georgia O'Keefe superwash sock yarn - 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 450 yds, 100g.

Georgia O'Keefe silky lace

Georgia O'Keefe silky lace - 55% silk, 45% superwash wool, approx 1020 yds, 100g.

and to follow, close behind:

Germaine Greer:

Germaine Greer superwash sock

Germaine Greer superwash sock yarn - 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 450 yds, 100g.

Germaine Greer silky lace

Germaine Greer silky lace - 55% silk, 45% superwash wool, approx 1020 yds, 100g.

These are the first two colourways of my official yarn collection. After a long process of dyeing and experimentation and trying out different bases, I am finally ready to be dyeing for a shop update.

The yarns are named after women I admire - women who have shown colour, determination and flair in their life's work; something to which I aspire to pay homage to.

The name Hyena In Petticoats is a clear marker in the beginning of that tradition - by choosing this name for my blog and my business, I set in motion a personal journey of consideration.

In the beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft:, and later with other women who's work speaks to my sensibilities - my craft journey follows a path that many women have tread before me, in all genres of craft and endeavour.

Making things by hand is a meditative task for me - I feel connected to the women who came before me, who hand crafted things out of necessity and frugality, who lovingly constructed useful and beautiful things for their homes and families.

These craftspeople left a legacy for the future; the work of their hands lives on, and it is my hope to leave such a legacy myself. I create yarns for unknown makers, but the colourways are named after our rather more famous examples - who paved a path for women like me to be able to do exactly as they pleased, with no real thought to whether or not it is appropriate, proper or decent to be throwing yarn and fabric around in such a manner.

It is my small thankyou - to be born free and female, thanks to the hard work of others.

There will be more colourways to come - stay tuned.


Sunday, 23 August 2009


These pictures were taken at night, but I think you get the idea.....


All colours get the Puzz seal of approval.


A couple of the colours need a return trip to the dye pot before I can call them done, but for now, I'm happy.

I hope you're all having a good weekend....


Wednesday, 19 August 2009


There is an ancient process going on in my kitchen today.

hand dyeing

A transmutation of raw materials.

hand dyeing

The manipulation of basic tools.

hand dyeing

The steam of productivity.

Results tomorrow.