Just before Easter we traveled across the Atlantic to visit our partner in Germany. They are the friendly folks who are dyeing the yarns for SKEINO. We thought it would be a nice idea to show you a little more about how it all looks behind the scenes, as our dyer is an important part of what makes SKEINO what it is.

SKEINO labeled yarn skein

We call this a SKEINO!

SKEINO's dyers country estate with bells in fron of it

Our dyer is located at a beautiful country estate

Closeup of builing with flower in the window

They love flowers here too!

The country estate of SKEINO's dyer

The country estate of our dyer

Our partner is a so-called “Inclusion Company” meaning that over 50% of their staff have special needs. That is a little different than a “normal” company and we think it’s a great endeavor to support for us as a yarn company. Of course this is not a common workplace because more than anywhere else you have to support your employees and in this case you have to count on specially trained people to give that support to the people who are working with you.

When we visited the staff we found out that they even came up with some new ideas and so the dyeing process is working better and more efficient than ever.

Showing some beautiful yarn

Somebody is very proud!

The main goal of such an Inclusion Company is to help people with special needs to find their place in society: They earn a competitive wage and they feel needed. After training the workers we found them to be extremely motivated and accurate in the process of hand dyeing SKEINO yarns. When we visited the staff we found out that they even came up with some new ideas and so the dyeing process is working better and more efficient than ever.

Giant Skein SKEINO

Can you guess why we call these Giant Skeins?

The company is located on a beautiful country estate in Germany and you can just breathe history there! First of all what you will see is the big mansion with its 3 giant bells in front of it. Taking a closer look you will read the name “Luther” on one of them and some prayers. It was in Germany where Martin Luther lived, where he translated the bible for the first time and where he started his Reformation movement. Looking at those bells just made us stand in awe!

Bell saying Luther on it

This bell made us stand in awe!

The workshop itself is inside a beautiful timber framed building, called “Fachwerk” in German, one of the many buildings of that style in the complex so there is lots of storage room and of course to dye yarn in.

Timber framed building

The workshop is located inside this beautiful timber framed building

Beautiful timber framed buildings on the estate

Beautiful timber framed buildings on the estate

Bjorn smiling wearing his apron

Love what you do!

Brightly colored yarns in the workshop

These are just some of the hundreds of colorways SKEINO offers

As you know we are constantly looking for new yarns, styles and of course colorways. Right now we are working on some amazing new things but those are still top-secret for now.

Yarn waiting to be shipped

Ready to be shipped…

Box full of SKEINO yarn

That’s why they call it Yarn Box!

We hope you enjoyed our little insight and that you feel as excited about it as we do. As always please feel free to ask questions or give us a suggestions in the comment section below.



    • I agree with you, 100%, Barclay! I LOVE Skeino yarn, it’s dreamy to knit with & wear, BUT, the company’s mission to help others means more to me than their yarn…and, as I said Skeino yarn is SPECTACULAR! But, their mission is even more important to this yarn snob (that’s me, I admit it!) than just the yarn.

  1. Having an autistic child myself, I appreciate companies that hire from the special needs population. I’m keeping your site bookmarked and will purchase some of your beautiful yarn for my next big project. Thanks so much, and thank you for working with VeryPink’s Staci Perry to offer a generous yarn giveaway. 🙂

  2. Do you plan on offering shipping directly from the dyer in Germany to Europeans in the future?
    Since I am located in Germany I think it would be non-sense to have the yarn shipped from Germany to the US and back to Germany.. 😉
    Is your parnter organized by the “Lebenshilfe”?

    • Hi Schnubbl,

      Yes we do! This is in the making and we hope to be shipping from Germany before Christmas this year to all our European customers. Not only does this make sense to reduce shipping time and cost but also it will avoid any possible customs charges. Our dyer in not the Lebenshilfe but very similar to that. However my German brother Bastian is managing a Lebenshilfe laundry 🙂

      Liebe Gruesse,

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  4. I have been a knitter for over 50 years, and I have a daughter with Down Syndrome. So you get a huge, double thumbs up from me! My daughter loves to wear things I knit and I can’t wait to make her something from your special yarn.

  5. I learned about your company today, quite by accident. I was so impressed by the beautiful yarns you sell that I purchased a kit. What impressed me even more and touched my heart is that your company is inclusive of people with special needs. That they can feel welcome and valuable, and do something that is so creative and filled with love is a nice touch in a world where money is more important than people. I will be purchasing more yarn and kits from you in the future.

  6. Hearing your company supports those with other needs to ‘normal’ people makes me even more to buy some of your beautiful yarn. Hopefully one day soon I will do so and treat myself.

    • Thank you for your appreciation. It’s not always easy because special needs also includes people with social conditions but we try what we can so that everybody can enjoy their work. Busy hands are winding Arabella Shawls at this moment 🙂

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