time & tide - february
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#timeandtideyarn takes inspiration from our beautiful Suffolk coastline. Whether we’re walking the dog in deepest midwinter, picnicking on an almost-warm-enough Spring afternoon, or taking a dip at the end of a long, hot, summer’s day, the sea is always beautiful and there’s always treasure to be found…
Two shades each month throughout 2023, dyed on a variety of yarn bases and using our favourite dye techniques - one inspired by the sea itself, and one by the beautiful things we find along the shore.
February's shades were inspired by the promise of Spring on a softly illuminated calm sea and a day-trip to look for sought-after ancient treasure...
The first is called gently lapping and it’s dyed on furze | singles, our divine merino/mohair single-ply yarn. It’s inspired by a flat calm aqua sea, softly reflecting a sun-bleached blue sky. It’s February so we can barely feel the sun on our faces as we walk along the shoreline but the promise of summer warmth is there…
The second shade attempts to capture the magic of the most incredible beach treasure! Hunting for shark teeth at Bawdsey is a favourite pastime – these finds are anything from 2.5 to 50 million years old. Just imagine, when great whites, sand sharks, and the elusive megalodon swam in these seas… It’s dyed on cooms | fingering and is called prehistoric
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 these yarn bases are both 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.