Sonya Brazell of Woolen Boon: Indie Dyer of Magical Yarns

February 24, 2017

Meet Sonya Brazell: our newest Featured Maker, and an Indie Dyer you NEED to know.  Sonya opened shop under the name “Woolen Boon” last year (2016), and her brand has already exploded in popularity.  We’ve seen dozens of FibreShare packages containing her hand-dyed yarns, and for good reason: they’re DELICIOUS!

Her vibrant colors swim in harmony throughout each skein, maintaining a crisp palette that totally sings on your needles.  Long story short: we ADORE Woolen Boon!!  Please see Sonya’s story below, and then familiarize yourself with her website and Insta-feed.  She’s going to be offering a discount code for the upcoming round of FibreShare, but in the meantime, we hear she’s having a shop update tomorrow (2/25)! Keep your eyes peeled, folks.

sonya woolen boon hand dyed yarn

My name is Sonya Brazell and I am kind of a WIPaholic. They say admitting it is the first step. I live in a small city, nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire with my husband and three kids. I can usually be found knitting away until my eyelids feel droopy.

Woolen Boon Hand Dyed Yarn by Sonya Brazell

I have always been a creator in some form or another. I have a background in studio arts and have dabbled in photography, drawing and painting. Nothing ever really clicked for me though, and I just could not find what I was meant to do. I began knitting in 2007 and haven’t looked back since.

Woolen Boon Hand Dyed Yarn by Sonya Brazell

Knitting feels like an extension of myself at this point. I can’t sit still without it and I can stare at the nuances in a skein of hand dyed yarn forever. It’s magic. Learning to dye was like a culmination of all of my loves – yarn, color, paint, and the ability to create something tangible and functional. I started Woolen Boon early in 2016 and officially launched my shop in June.

Woolen Boon Hand Dyed Yarn by Sonya Brazell

I am lucky enough to have a dedicated room where I can dye in my home. I am usually dyeing with my son running around my legs, or my daughters giving me their ever opinionated tweeny advice on color names and color ways. They actually came up with the color ways Bad Kitty and Captain Planet! My husband is an excellent yarn squeezer. Seriously, he cuts my drying time in like, half. It’s truly a family affair over here.

Woolen Boon Hand Dyed Yarn by Sonya Brazell

I find that inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes I know exactly what I want to happen with a skein, and the stars align and it comes out perfectly. Other times I am shooting from the hip and just doing what feels right for that color, or finding happy accidents in a “mistake” and running with it. Those are the best! I am really enjoying finding my style and my groove in dyeing and I am so grateful for the support and encouragement from the community since I opened up shop!

Woolen Boon Hand Dyed Yarn by Sonya Brazell

Woolen Boon Hand Dyed Yarn by Sonya Brazell

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  • Reply Rachael Patten March 3, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Sonya, I love love love your colorways and can’t wait to get my hands on one. I was intrigued about the comment that your husband squeezes the yarn- is that one hank at a time? Curious if you have ever tried spinning it? I put small things to be blocked in my OXO salad spinner and it is AMAZING. It extracts so much water but without squashing the yarn.
    I could ask you a million questions- I’m so intrigued to learn to dye!

  • Reply Mary March 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Beautiful yarn and I want those glasses!

  • Reply Emily March 20, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I love your work, and you have inspired me. I am going to be sending you a message, hopefully you can help me out. 🙂 Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s incredible!

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