Interview with Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres
We love getting new yarns in the shop, and having Hedgehog Fibre as a new brand is extra exciting! Their colourways are beautiful and speckled, from subtle neutrals to bright neons and everything in between. We currently have Twist Sock and Skinny Singles in the shop, but they are going quickly. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks! We are going to do our best to keep this yarn in stock, but due to lead times of it being dyed in Ireland, we do expect some gaps of availability.
We were happily able to ask Beata Jezek some questions when Natalie visited their offices in Cork over the Christmas holidays. What a colourful office!
How long have you been knitting? About 8 years and I learned from YouTube tutorials.
What inspired you to get into dyeing yarn? As soon as I got sucked into the knitting world I knew I wanted to create my own line of hand-dyed, soft, squishy yarns. I was always very visual and colour obsessive and I felt that none of the yarns on the market really offered what I was into at the time. I love creating new colours, changing things up and staying current. I think Hedgehog Fibres really reflects that as an extension of my personal style.
You have quite the operation going in Cork, Ireland, and it is exciting to hear that you are continuously growing as a company. What has been the most surprising thing about being a small business owner of a company like Hedgehog Fibres?How far you can get with the right product by word of mouth alone.
The colours of HF are stunning, and have unsurprisingly caught the eye of many knitters around the world, including designers such as Steven West. Do you see any particular trends in what knitters make with HF, or are they more universal?Our customer is not afraid of bold colours and interesting designs. Stephen West in particular is such an innovator and he has changed knitting so much in the past few years. I work quite closely with Stephen and I think together we are making knitting new and fresh again. We even have a few surprises up our sleeves!
How do you develop a new colour way? Do you start with a specific combination in mind, or is it happy accident? Sometimes we come up with a great name and then create a colourway to match (like Teacup), sometimes I realise there's something missing in the line and then get completely obsessed with a colour (I had to have lilac, so we have 'Birthday Cake') Some colourways were definitely happy accidents. Crybaby was such a good potluck that we added it to the line.
Do you have a favourite colour way? Yes! Always the newest ones :) I'm really into speckles and brights with a good strong contrast like Graphite or Electric at the moment. 2016 will be a big year for pastels and mohair I think.
Are you a process or product knitter? Product knitter all the way. I'm on a mission to knit faster and to knit all of the things.
What are you currently knitting? I'm swatching for a new design of my own and I'm making a little brioche jumper for my doggie who likes to wear stuff.