Steph ThorntonHello! I’m Steph, indie dyer, marketing manager, order packer, website developer & coffee maker at my little local business Perran Yarns. I individually handdye luxury yarns in my home kitchen, near the beautiful Cornwall coastline of Perranporth.

I choose luxurious base yarns including blends such as merino, cashmere, silk, baby alpaca, baby camel, Bluefaced Leicester, etc. Softness is essential to me as I’ve always had sensitive skein that is prone to eczema – life is too short to spend time hand-crafting next-to-skin projects with scratchy yarns!
We are so fortunate to have a huge array of wonderful fibres available to us these days, and so I spend considerable time sourcing new and more unusual luxury yarn bases such as pure banana and pure yak.

I kettle-dye, hand-paint or dip-dye the skeins individually in beautiful wearable colourways in very small batches using Jacquard dyes.

The process means that there are subtle variations within each batch and between batches. With over 15 years dyeing experience, I am still delighted and surprised by the tones and shades achievable with these methods.

Dye pot of yarns in colourway Waterworld
Dye pot of yarns in colourway Waterworld

 My colourways are inspired by all sorts of things – seasonal changes in the beautiful Cornish landscape, favourite foods, Pantone colour fashion forecasts, and custom requests. 

Colourways are usually repeatable subject to the normal dyeing variations, and can look quite different on the various base yarns depending on the fibre content.
I also hand-dye some non-repeatable limited edition colourways and gradient sets, which are clearly marked as such.

The original knit and crochet kits and patterns that I stock mainly use single skeins of Perran Yarns. Multiple skeins may be used in a single project but in this case it is recommended that 2 skeins be used simultaneously, working a couple of rows from each skein in turn to even out the shade differences.

Some customer quotes about Perran Yarns:

Beautiful colours, lovely yarn skillfully and creatively dyed!

Just got my lovely yarn!!! It’s thick and luscious and soft and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it

Fabulous just fabulous thank you so much!

Absolutely stunning yarn!!