meadowyarn - a skein full of sky - june
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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.
This month’s #askeinfullofsky shades are both inspired by June’s perfect, long, midsummer evenings…
As the sun slips toward the horizon we enter the Golden Hour, that magical time when the light is soft and warm, the shadows are lengthening, and everything glows beneath a sky that is slowly fading from blue to mauve. The photo that inspired this combination of sandy gold, warm ochre, raspberry, lavender, and pale blue-grey was taken on June 11th just before 9pm in the meadow next to our house. The long grass and wildflowers were bathed in a glorious golden light as the sun slipped away and the dog sat patiently waiting for someone (anyone!) to throw her frisbee.
The following evening, I crouched in the long grass again, way past 10pm, as bats whizzed around overhead and a tawny owl called from a nearby oak. Deep in the blue hour… the sun has set but the memory of it casts a beautiful, clear light. All the shades of blue from palest mauve, through cobalt and periwinkle, to the inkiest navy. The clouds, tinged with pinky lavender, barely mask a silvery moon.
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.