Hey! I’m Rebecca. An artist, yarn dyer and mental wellness advocate, dedicated to helping you bring more joy and calm into your life through your knitting practice.
My name is Rebecca Robinson and I live and create on Peramangk land in the Adelaide Hills, surrounded by gum trees. I share my home with my husband, two cheeky boys as well as kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras and other beautiful Australian flora and fauna.
Knitting has been an important part of my life since a very young age and believe that the practice of knitting can be incredibly nourishing and healing.
I have a Bachelor in Visual Communication and have been dying yarn, practicing and studying mindfulness and meditation for over a decade. I love communicating my feelings and experiences through the colourways I create in order to give you a more meaningful and joy filled knitting experience. Connecting with nature is an important part of my practice and have an endless abundance of inspiration to draw from around my bush home.
Augustbird is here to support you on your crafting journey by providing you with squishy, soft, glorious yarn that you can feel good about.
THE AUGUSTBIRD STORY
The Augustbird story is one of kindness, creativity and the desire to find a better way forward. Here is a little bit about my journey and why Augustbird is here to bring more joy to your knitting and making. I created Augustbird back in 2012 when I was having trouble finding locally produced hand-dyed yarn in Australia.
Ethical Australian yarn was hard to find, especially in the hand-dyed space.
After the birth of my first child I rediscovered knitting as a beautiful mindfulness exercise, and to keep my hands busy during those new born days. I had discovered I could easily carry a sock project in my bag, giving me something to do while I sat idly during those baby daytime sleeps.
Along with knitting I fell in love with hand-dyed sock yarn, but was having trouble finding any in Australia at the time. I also was unsure about where the yarn I was purchasing was coming from, how it was processed and the treatment of the sheep and workers. This was a huge worry for me. I wanted to feel good about making things, not stressed. There just had to be a better option here, and if I was facing these struggles maybe I wasn’t alone. Maybe other makers were feeling this too. Because that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Knitting and making should help us to lift our moods not bring us down with guilt and worry. I decided to take matters into my own hands and well… hellooooo Augustbird.
I made it my mission to source wool that aligned with my values, and to dye my yarns thoughtfully for knitters and makers like myself to enjoy.
Augustbird has grown and flourished beyond my wildest imaginings, and is now home to the most beautifully soft, ethical Australian yarn as well as a place for me to share my knowledge in mindfulness and self acceptance.
A MISSION FOR LESS STRESS MORE JOY
MISSION: To provide mindfully created yarns and inspiration that contributes to a positive, nurturing, and uplifting making experience.
The Augustbird mission is to enhance the joy and wellbeing of the crafting community by providing ethically sourced, hand-dyed yarns. Rooted in the belief that knitting is a powerful practice for nourishing the soul, I strive to offer a range of yarns that not only elevate your creative projects but also align with my commitment to ethical and sustainable practices. I am dedicated to fostering a sense of mindfulness and self-acceptance through the art of knitting, ensuring that every skein of yarn tells a story of kindness, creativity, and a better way forward.
A VISION TO TRANSFORM KNITTING INTO A SELF-CARE PRACTICE
VISION: Augustbird is on a mission to make knitting a powerful tool for self-care, where each stitch is a step towards mindfulness and self-acceptance.
I dream of a world where the act of crafting is not just a creative pursuit but a transformative journey toward joy and calm. I aspire to be a leader in self-care and creativity, providing yarns that inspire you to connect with nature, express yourself, and find solace in the meditative rhythm of knitting. My vision extends beyond yarn – I aim to be a beacon of support and knowledge, empowering knitters and makers to embrace a mindful lifestyle. Through my commitment to kindness, creativity, and sustainability, I envision Augustbird as a trusted companion on every knitter's path, weaving more happiness and self acceptance into the fabric of their lives.
YARN THAT INSPIRES YOU TO FEEL GOOD
Augustbird yarns are dyed by hand in my small home studio. I use a variety of techniques to gently manipulate the yarn with layers of colour, transforming it into something special. My colourways are a form of expression; a blend of emotion, experimentation and artistry and I take inspiration from my natural surroundings. This is my way of interpreting the world around me and I find meaning and connections through my work.
Check out my latest hand-dyed creations
My yarn bases are created from 100% ethical Australian merino, all of which comes from a single farm, Nan Bray’s White Gum Wool farm, in the midlands of Tasmania. This wool is the softest, loveliest superfine merino you’ll ever find. The softness of the wool or “angel dust” as it is sometimes referred to is due to the kind treatment of the sheep and the biodiversity on the farm.
I am so grateful to Nan for supplying me with the most amazing wool. I am ever in admiration of her earth-friendly and sheep-friendly farming practices.
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My most favourite, treasured, warmest pair of socks I own were lovingly knitted from this beautiful hand-dyed wool…. I absolutely live in them! The natural colour is gorgeous, the wool & silk blend is soft, so comfortable against my skin, & durable as it puts up with the friction of me walking around in my socks all the time. Usually I have to double-sock in the winter with all my other generic socks from the retail shops, but this single layer of wool doesn’t suffocate or bulk-up my feet, & it keeps them comfortably warm & toasty (& pretty) especially during these very chilly winter days, no more numb toes. This wool holds its shape & washes well. I love love love how the colour was achieved too, it’s a beautiful, delicate, earthy neutral. Thank-you so much Bec for sharing your creativity, passion & talent for others to enjoy x
I love a surprise! I received two beautiful skeins of yarn in my Fantail Mystery Bag. The yarn is so soft and gorgeous.
The two skeins are delightful and I will be making mittens for a friend with the blue on. I appreciated the greeting card that was included
I was lucky enough to nab an early skein of this base.
It is gorgeous.
The silk/merino is so soft with a beautiful drape.
The yarn has been spun with a high twist resulting in excellent stitch definition.
The stitches really do lay down beautifully next to each other.
The silk also takes up the dye beautifully as well and gives a great, almost textural interest, to the colour.
Beautiful to knit with!!
Got some of the new sock yarn and can’t believe how shiny and soft it is. As always Rebecca’s dyeing is beautiful and I cannot wait to a start my adventures in plastic free socks begin.
I got the first round of mystery bags and as always they did not disappoint. The wool is so beautiful, but when Rebecca uses her talent with colour it’s just phenomenal. Can’t wait to knit with it.
The yarn is gorgeous and so soft to touch - can’t wait to finish my socks