Name: Maggie Broderick
Business name: Lyrical Yarns
I specialize in hand-painted wool yarns in various weights and varieties. I’ve also written and published a book on knitting wool diaper covers (longies, soakers, etc) and have related patterns available on ravelry.com and knitpicks.com.
How long have you been in indie artist?
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I have loved fiber arts for as long as I can remember! My grandmother kept bits of embroidery floss in old cigar boxes, and let me look at them when I was probably just learning to walk and talk. She and my aunt taught me about knitting, crocheting, weaving, and sewing over many years. During my 20s, I was an avid quilter, and then moved onto some serious knitting and crocheting in my 30s, after having my children. Something about having children made me need to knit and crochet!
I love teaching others to express themselves via fiber arts and creativity. I also love simply making things by hand and the satisfaction that comes with that.
What most inspires you?
What makes your creations unique?
I am fairly knowledgeable about wool, and have made learning about it my passion.
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
My “Precious Earth Longies” pattern on Knitpicks.com is my current pride and joy.
Education and sharing the love of fiber arts together!
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
Yes – I’m an educator in all that I do (parenting, teaching, and being a fiber artist). It all goes together.
What is your fiber arts superpower?
How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
Five years ago, I was almost entirely online with my business. Nowadays, the fiber arts scene is wonderfully “in person,” and I love being immersed in it.