Name: Maggie Broderick
Business name: Lyrical Yarns
What kind of items do you make?
I dye wool yarn in various weights, from lace to heavy-worsted. I also wrote and published my own book, “Knitting Wool Diaper Covers from Start to Finish.”
How long have you been in indie artist?
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I have knitted and crocheted since I was a child. When I became pregnant with my second child, I really got excited by things like knitting wool diaper covers, designing my own patterns, and dyeing unique wool yarns.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I love teaching others and seeing their excitement for the things that I love in the fiber arts world.
What most inspires you?
What makes your creations unique?
I like to help people learn to use the yarns that I dye and to dye their own yarns, so I’ve created things like “Learn to Dye” kits. For me, it’s all about sharing my love of fiber arts with others.
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
When my children were younger, I used mostly worsted yarns for making wool diaper covers. Nowadays, I enjoy working more with sock yarn and lace yarn. It’s fascinating to see how the colorways work up differently with different weights of yarns, patterns, etc.
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I think that the idea of “community” is what I strive for, actually!
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
Writing my book really went along with my parenting journey. The fiber arts have always been there for me, and they are also a part of my parenting and my teaching.
What is your fiber arts superpower?
Teaching others about the love of the fiber arts!
How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
I used to be exclusively online, and now I am almost exclusively at local shows. I feel like I’ve come full-circle, from starting small here at home, going “global” online, and finally settling in back at home. There is so much more warmth in face-to-face interaction with people, even though the online world can be amazing. I like being at a show like Indie Knit and Spin, where everyone is experiencing the fiber arts together in real time and in real life.