meadowyarn - a skein full of sky - july
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Pre-orders have now closed. Thank you for your orders! Yarn is now being dyed and will be ready for dispatch by Friday 29th July.
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 are dyed on a variety of yarn bases and use the full range of techniques, incorporating both ~flash~ and ~fluid~ shades.
This month’s #askeinfullofsky shades are both inspired by the sun slowly setting on a hot, humid summer day.
The first shade is called floodlit by the sky and is dyed on a brand new yarn base. furze | singles is a fabulous blend of superwash merino and kid mohair. It's soft as kittens and has an amazing halo and a silky sheen, and it is just perfect for delicate lace knitting. The moment that inspired the shade was captured on July 12th at 21.18, as I stood looking across the marsh in a sudden summer storm at the end of a hot, humid day. As the dark clouds parted, a sliver of gold light that was almost fluorescent in its intensity carved the sky, bordered with soft apricot and peach. It lasted just a few minutes and I almost missed it as the sky had been a grey blanket half an hour earlier.
My sky blue sunset moment was almost exactly 24 hours later. There were no storm clouds, just a perfect blue sky fading to deepest periwinkle, the light painting slivers of cloud in shades of gold, apricot, rose pink, and lilac... I dyed this shade on our trusty hither | sock yarn which has ample yardage for a pair of adult socks but is also perfect for shawls and lightweight garments with its lovely tight twist and bounce.
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 cooms | sock is 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.