meadowyarn - a skein full of sky - april
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Pre-orders are now dyed/shipping and the last few orphan skeins from dye batches are available and ready-to-ship.
Inspired by the amazing Suffolk skies we live and work beneath, this monthly series attempts to capture the magic of sunrise, the drama of sunset, and the beauty of the bit in between...
Creating two limited-run shades every month, throughout 2022, they'll be dyed on a variety of yarn bases and use the full range of techniques, incorporating both ~flash~ and ~fluid~ shades.
April's shades are dyed on two of our favourite sock yarn bases; cooms | sock and fizmer | sock.
The shade dyed on cooms | sock - Out of the sunset's red - is a dramatic interpretation of a twilight sky dappled with dark, wispy clouds and revealing a fiery flash of coral red where the sky meets the silhouetted tree line.
On fizmer | sock, Softly the evening came, is a ~fluid~ pastel combination of soft mauve, slate blue, grey, peach, and coral pink and the 'zebra' ply that runs through the yarn contrasts dramatically, just as the trees do in the photo that inspired it.
We dye our yarn in small batches using a combination of kettle dyeing for semi-solid and tonal shades and low-immersion and hand-painting for variegated shades that will 'pool' or 'flash' depending on gauge. Even within a dye batch, each skein is unique as a result of our dyeing techniques.
Although both cooms | sock and fizmer | sock are spun from superwash fibre, we recommend hand washing in cool water to preserve the vibrancy of the dye and, as with all small-batch, hand-dyed yarn that doesn't have dye lots, we also recommend knitting alternate rows from two skeins when working on larger projects to avoid noticeable changes between skeins.
We use professional acid dyes with good light and wash fastness and do our best to exhaust every dye bath and reuse water wherever possible to reduce any further environmental impact. Occasionally a small amount of 'loose' dye may remain in the yarn after rinsing (most likely with deeply saturated shades) and we always recommend hand washing in very cool water and pre-washing your yarn separately if you are intending to mix light and dark shades in a single garment/project.