I was twirling there, not posing. It looks cheesy, but was a magical moment in real life…

I love nature. I love being outside, I always greet animals, I stop to look for 4-leaf clovers (I have found 2 in my lifetime, one this past June in Istanbul!), I can't pass up a good stick, stone or pebble, and I'm definitely happiest near a running stream.

I'm Renee Magee and I like to think that I channel my love of beauty into yarn colors. Beauty is everywhere if you look hard enough, and that once you start seeing it, you can’t stop! I can’t tell you how many inspiration pics I have on my phone right now… most are from the hikes that I take with my knitting friends around Colorado, then there’s pictures from the TV of my son’s nature shows, floor tile, the fabric from someone’s shirt I stopped in the grocery store, more floors, walls, blankets, graffiti, cars, snakes, plants, plants, plants… you get it.

Knerd String is made using acid dyes (acid is a scary word for vinegar or food-grade citric acid) in a full-immersion bath. In an effort to minimize our impact on the environment, our dye schedules are arranged so that water is reused from color to color. This also means that in order to proceed to the next color, all of the dye must be fully absorbed, minimizing our rinse process. Unused dye is evaporated to a powder and disposed of in a sealed container. All of our utensils and containers are made from recyclable materials and are reused, not discarded. As much as we would love to have branded packaging, we cannot, in good conscious, bring any more plastic into this world. Orders are shipped using on-hand options, meaning yes, you might get an Amazon box or a box that's been doodled on by a 12-year-old. Your yarn will be protected with a liner, but will not be bagged by color. If you live somewhere requiring special packaging, we are happy to oblige.   

We dye our colors on Superwash Merino Wool, primarily because I love knitting sweaters and have very sensitive skin. The wool that we use has been processed in a chlorine bath, then coated with a polymer resin to smooth the fibers and is produced in South America. It is my dream to grow my brand to a size that will allow me to source domestic wool and yes, the irony of my love of nature and a polymer-coated fiber is not lost on me, but what am I supposed to do? Not knit?!? 

Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.
— elizabeth zimmermann