Hello! We are Becci and Markus and we hand dye British wool yarns while travelling around the UK waterways on our narrowboat home and studio.
RiverKnits started out when Becci was on maternity leave. She is an engineer by trade and worked in a manufacturing environment for many years. It may seem completely unrelated on the surface, but the experience gained in designing and producing quality products spills over into her hand dyed yarns. She keeps all her notes and all the repeatable colourways are very consistent. Markus makes up the other half of RiverKnits and guess what? He is also an engineer and has lots of customer-facing business experience.
We both love knitting and wool, especially when it’s sustainably sourced. As there are over 70 native breeds of sheep in Britain, we believe there is more than enough ﬁbre to explore on this little group of islands! RiverKnits wool yarn is all sourced from within the UK, you won’t ﬁnd any Merino here! The majority of the range today is Bluefaced Leicester; a lustrous English longwool. It makes a soft and strong yarn, and takes dye beautifully. We have a 100% BFL which is perfect for no-nylon socks, and everything else. We have blends with silk and cashmere that make drool-worthy shawls and other luxury garments. As we are so proud of this British heritage, we also had some single-farm Jacob wool spun into our own yarn. It’s such a privilege to meet the shepherd and the sheep, sort the ﬂeeces, and work with the ﬁnished product. It’s a real woolly, rustic yarn that is perfect for knitting mittens, hats and jumpers that will improve with age and last forever. We are looking to expand our range of British breeds, so watch this space!
Another passion we were able to realise is to live and work on our narrowboat home. All RiverKnits yarn is hand dyed on the boat while exploring the British canal and river network. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll get little glimpses of what life is like on board. The colourways are often inspired by nature, wildlife and even industrial scenes that the boat passes through. You can see this in the rich, earthy hues and colourway names. The yarn is dyed in layers, which takes a long time, but we feel it is worth it for the complex and subtle appearance, and we hope you will too. Thanks for stopping by!