When an adorable little brooch made of yarn balls in a basket popped up in my Instagram feed from @handdrawnyarn, I knew immediately that I needed to know more! I headed to the HandDrawnYarn Etsy store and swooned for awhile.
HandDrawnYarn, self-described as “Tales of Mini Yarn Balls from Scotland”, is a collection of spectacularly whimsical accessories made from micro balls of yarn. The crafter behind the shop (Somruthai; known as “Oom” among her knitting friends) learned to both knit and crochet as a child but didn’t take to the crafts right away. It was only later, after traveling from country to country and living on three different continents, that the true joy of knitting and crochet began to emerge. Oom says, “Joining local craft and knitting groups is an excellent way to meet new people, make new friends, and learn new languages and different cultures. The joy of knitting/crocheting with friends is the highlight of my day.”
As for the inspiration for these adorable accessories, Oom writes, ”
“I started HandDrawnYarn with making hand drawn yarn-themed greeting cards which I have sold at a local yarn shop. One of my doodles was about a cat with magic to produce more yarn from existing yarn stash. Then one day I had an idea that I would make that happen. I dug out my woolly yarn (as a seasonal weaver, I have quite a collection of weaving yarn!) and that was when my first mini yarn ball was born! The thought of my mini yarn balls (either earrings or stitch markers) being in a hand of knitters and yarn lovers in different parts of the world just thrills me.”
Micro crochet sweater pattern
Amigurumi crochet bowl pattern
Oom is also a crochet designer who sells original amigurumi and crochet patterns as JustCrochetPattern on Etsy. You can enjoy extra adorable mini-yarn photos and stories / writing about the yarn-y life on Oom’s website.