Meet the Maker: Meaghan of Bramble Ridge
How long have you been interested in fiber arts, knitting, dyeing?
I Lived abroad in Edinburgh for 7 years and in Grand Cayman for 4 years. When we moved back to Canada I wanted to knit hats for my kids so I watched lots of Youtube videos to learn. I started at Michaels and then when I went on Ravelry it was like a whole new world. I have always been a creative person and I decided to start dying my own yarns. It was around two years ago I bought some dying supplies from a lady who was selling hers and it started from there.
Where did you come up with the name for your business?
I have a hound dog named Bramble. He’s a teenager now so he’s a bit of a pain but he’s cute. And we live on a hill so Ridge.Short and sweet.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I am really inspired by nature from some really rich jewel tones to the more neutral colors found in nature.When i was in Alberta I was really inspired by the wildflowers – the pinks, greens and yellows. I recently started doing some neons at the request of some of my friendsSometimes my sons will give me some ideas for colors too. I have a Galaxy skein that was inspired by The Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Galaxy – Superwash High Twist 2-Ply Sock Weight Yarn
How do you come up with the names for your skeins?
I love a good pun, I have a very sarcastic sense of humor. I have labeled one of the christmas skeins ‘twig and berries’ (if you get it you get it). Other names come from nature.
What do you like about what you do?
I love having the creative freedom and being able to work from my home. It means I can decide how my days go. In a way I am feeding my own habit – I get to spin, dye and knit my own project or for my friends which is really fulfilling. I like the relationships I have made with my customers, especially the repeat customers. Just recently, one of my customers came over to collect a skein from me in the middle of the snowstorm.
Do you have any projects on the go?
Right now I am making some Advent mittens for a garland, so a mitten a day. An Alpenglow sweater by Andrea Mowry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alpenglow-i
and more secret projects for a gift exchange between me and some close friends.
What’s a tool you cannot live without?
My little mini scale for measuring dye powders. If I’m even a microgram off you get a different result so a scale is key for consistency. Also my speaker, I listen to lots of music and podcasts while I’m working.
What kind of podcasts do you listen to?
Why are you a good match for Baaad Annas?
I have a lot of color variety similar to Baaad Annas. Financially, the product is within reach at pretty good prices.I am a local maker so I can have the product ready and hand delivered on time. And of course we are both women who lead business coming together.
What kind of things do you have in the works for Bramble Ridge?
Right now I am focusing on the Advent boxes for christmas but I have lots of fun stuff coming for spring like linen blends for springtime. I am planning an upcoming trip with my family to the Grand Caymans, it’s the first time we’ve been back since the twins were born. We can’t wait to go snorkeling in the sea and explore the bat caves. We love being out in nature!
I’m sure her upcoming vacation will provide a lot of new inspiration for future colorways.These gorgeous yarns are all hand-dyed in Mission, British Columbia.