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meadowyarn - a skein full of sky - may

in heaven on earth - cooms | sock (100g)
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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.

May's shades are dyed on one of our favourite sock yarn bases; cooms | sock.

Between sea and sky was inspired by a photo I took sitting on Aldeburgh beach, on a warm but overcast Friday evening, eating fish and chips from the bag. The horizon was barely visible as the blues, greens, greys, and teals merged together and a huge Herring Gull sat nearby, beady eyes watching every scrap of food pass from hand to mouth.

In heaven on earth is a vain attempt to capture the beauty and magic of one of those perfect watercolour sunsets. Slate blue and cool grey fade into warm coral and gold as the sun slips below the silhouetted trees... Impossible to replicate but I think this shade might just be my favourite so far (just don't tell the others!) 

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.