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meadowyarn - a skein full of sky - march

silver linings
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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.

March's shades are dyed on pightle | fingering/4ply, our go-to 100% superwash merino yarn. The photo that inspired 'silver linings' is my regular view from the top of the office steps. The sky was paved with shifting, breaking grey clouds and the setting sun breaking through along the back edge of the weather bank was magical. A gleaming silver lining that cast a warm, almost iridescent, light on everything below and threw the distant hedgerow into sharp relief. The second shade is 'cherry plum blossom'. The season has shifted dramatically here this past week or so, and nothing says 'Spring' quite like a cherry tree smothered in pale pink froth against a brilliant blue sky. Fringed wth fresh green leaf buds and the hazy glow of sunlit branches, that pop of cherry blossom pink is irresistible. 

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.