With Wood and Yarn

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Our shop will be updated Thursday, September 1st at 12 p.m. EST.  New this month are handmade red oak cutting boards!  Jonny really labored over these, and they are beautiful.  He also made more bird shawl pins.  This month he made them in both black walnut and cherry.

These past few weeks have been full of late summer dyeing and this month there are some new colors:  periwinkle, deep goldenrod yellow, and olive green.  I created some deep indigo blue skeins speckled with white, thinking of Mother Teresa.  I also sewed up more sachets.

I am really loving the new yarns that I am dyeing now, all sourced and milled in the U.S.!  I hope you will love them too.  In addition to my naturally dyed yarn, this month I am offering a handful of skeins of natural white wool yarn in both 2 ply sport weight and 2 ply fingering.  There are a couple skeins of the single ply fingering as well.  I was inspired to do this because of my current knitting project, a shawl in both natural white and my cochineal/indigo purple.  I’m planning another in goldenrod green and white using my 2 ply fingering weight.  I can’t wait to cast on for that one!

Watermelon Colors

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There will be a shop update on Saturday, July 30th at 11 a.m. EST (tomorrow!)

Of course there will be yarn, and it’s all new!  As my natural dyeing venture grew, my desire was to work with yarn sourced in the U.S., and some of it has been.  But my goal was to be 100% U.S. sourced, and that is where I am now and will be moving forwards.  As I forage and grow dye plants on and around our own property, hoping to eventually produce all my own natural dyes, this just feels right.  I found a U.S. based family run mill that could provide me with what I was looking for just before Mabel was born.  Their yarns are all spun from wool sourced from U.S. ranches.  They are minimally processed and eco-friendly.  So while I spent the early weeks after Mabel was born snuggling with her, I was also playing with yarn samples and making plans.  I chose yarn bases that I would be excited to knit with myself, and I am!  I am planning so many knitting projects, being completely unrealistic about how much knitting time I will actually have this fall.  In tomorrow’s update you will find fingering weight wool in both a single ply, and a 2-ply.  There is also 2 ply sport weight, a wonderful springy dk, and a 2 ply worsted weight as well.  This yarn is soft with plenty of character.  I love it.

My first summer skeins of yarn dyed with hopi red dye amaranth are in this update, and I am pleased with their variegated shades of pink.  Combined with all the fun green skeins, they remind me of my favorite childhood colors to wear: pink and green.  I called them watermelon colors.  In my little girl’s mind, the very best outfits were in shades of watermelon colors.

Wanting a project to work on in the long weeks of c-section recovery, I slowly created some beautiful herbal sachets sewn in a rainbow of Liberty of London tana lawn and gray linen.  They are filled with a moth repellent blend of lavender, mint, rosemary, and wormwood.  The mint and and wormwood are from my own gardens.  I think these would be lovely stuffed in knitting baskets and project bags.  They will be available in tomorrow’s update along with a limited number of stitch marker sets and what I know you guys are hoping for:  Jonny’s shawl pins, which are equally nice as hair pins!

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