meadowyarn - a skein full of sky - february
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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.
February's shades are dyed on pightle | fingering/4ply, our go-to 100% superwash merino yarn. The photo that inspired 'dawn' was captured as I walked the dog across the field on a clear, cold morning, just as the glowing orange sun was peeking over the distant tree line. The fiery amber glow faded into pale apricot and dusky mauve, slowly illuminating the dark night sky above. Dusk was inspired by a riot of lavender, mauve, rose and palest pink that flooded a sky ribboned with darkening clouds as I arrived home from the studio. A fleeting, transient moment that gave the meadow a glorious rose-tinted aura...
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 pightle is a superwash fibre, we recommend hand washing in cool water to preserve the vibrancy of the dye.
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.