One of the first independent yarn dyers I heard of was Hedgehog Fibres. That was years ago. Now, you can find Hedgehog Fibres in most upscale yarn stores. But that doesn’t make it any less special.
Hedgehog is hand-dyed in Cork County, Ireland by Beata Jezek, who is originally from Slovakia. Her bright, speckled yarn took the knitting world by storm shortly after she started dying in 2008. The rest is history. Hedgehog is now talked about with the same frequency as Madelinetosh or Malabrigo…but each skein is a unique snapshot of Beata’s colorful genius.
Hedgehog now comes in many, many bases….
Sporty Singles (100% Superwash Merino)
Skinny Singles (Singly Ply 100% Superwash Merino)
Twist Sock (80/20)
Sock Yarn (90/10)
Cashmere Merino (50/50)
Alpaca DK (10% Alpaca/90% Merino)
Merino DK (100% Superwash Merino)
Merino Aran (100% Superwash Merino)
Kidsilk Lace (70% Kid Mohair/30% Silk)
Merino Lace (2-ply 100% Merino)
Silk/Merino Lace (2-ply 50% silk/50% Merino)
Chubby (Super Bulky – 100% Merino)
Beata creates gloriously colorful colorways. She dyes with everything from fluorescent to dark and stormy colors. And despite all the colorways, she keeps coming up with more and more beauties! If I ever subscribe to a yarn club, it will be a Hedgehog club. Beata does not dye ugly colors!
Hedgehog, as I said, is now stocked in most upscale yarn stores. You can find retailers on the Hedgehog website or you can order directly from them.
Ease of Shopping
With all the people selling Hedgehog now, it’s easy to find. The Hedgehog website is also super easy to use. They also keep much more stock on there than they used to and offer subscription clubs, where you are surprised by Beata’s one-of-a-kind colorways.
Shipping on the website is a flat-rate of 7 euros.
No matter where you get it, try to get your hands on some Hedgehog just to see the wonderful colors Beata creates. I still fall in love with this yarn every time I see it. Though I’ve bought a few skeins, I want more and more every time I see it! And you will, too, once you get your hands on some!