time & tide - january
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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.
January's shades were both prompted by a gloriously sunny, but bitterly cold, January walk along Walberswick beach...
sunday morning dog walk is dyed on pightle | fingering/4ply and attempts to capture the beautiful low winter sun reflecting off a sea that shone jade, midnight, bronze, and gold. The second shade was inspired by the simplest, yet most addictive, irresistible beach treasure. I challenge you to walk along a pebble beach and not pick up at least a handful! simple pleasures... is dyed on hither | sock and is a combination of cool grey. taupe, and warm rosy pinks, with hints of lavender and warm amber tones.
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.