The "Tiu Top" is available in the Mystic 2018 issue of the Fibre Muse Quarterly. It will also be available at the end of the month as a single pattern download. Knit in a lustrous merino and silk blend, Tiu is anything but ordinary. A wide front lace panel elevates this effortless shell to extraordinary. Decreases from hem to bust enhance the top for a flattering A-line silhouette you’ll want to wear every day. Today we learn more about the designer behind the yarn used to create the Tiu Top.
Johanna learned to knit as a child, and though it didn’t stick at first, she kept trying. “I tried a couple more times over the years, but never got beyond the ugly scarf phase. Finally, after high school, I got obsessed and started knitting and crocheting every day. Then in 2016, my husband wanted a project knit out of yarn that matched a painting I'd done, and I couldn't find any that looked right. So, he suggested I try dyeing my own, since I'd had over a decade of experience as a professional hair colorist. I gave it a try and fell in love! I quickly progressed to opening my own shop online to sell my hand-dyed yarn (and now fiber).
Johanna dyes her yarn and fiber using layers of rich color to create unique fiber to inspire others into creating their own magical masterpieces, “I use several layers of color to build up deep, dimensional, richly saturated colors for a unique and artistic skein of yarn. Using luxury, high-quality yarns and fiber allows for vibrant hues, beautiful finished projects, and an individualized style that you'll be proud to wear. I want to inspire you to create with these gorgeous works of art! I hope that my yarns will inspire you to tackle that next big project, learn that new technique, try that scary new skill, and empower you to create your own magic every day! I want to help you discover and cherish the magical power and unique beauty inside yourself, and encourage you to share that with the world!”
Having an extensive background in coloring hair and mixed media painting has helped Johanna to develop her own unique dyeing style and get comfortable with color theory, “I love creating really dimensional tones by combining unusual colors and breaking the rules of color theory to get fantastic results. As a long time knitter, I'm able to really help my customers with questions about their projects, the best ways to use my yarns, and I provide custom color pairings to help my customers choose the best color combos for their patterns. I've spent over a decade refining my eye for color, and my unique skills as a color specialist in the hair industry, have enabled me to create my own techniques for placing color on my yarns and fiber that give them a unique style and complex tones.”
Want to win the "Tiu Top" kit? Entering is easy. First, follow Potion Yarns on Instagram. Next, leave a comment with your Rav ID below answering the question "What project started your knitting obsession?" Giveaway is open until July 26, 2018 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced along with the release of the Tiu Top on July 27!