Because I mix almost all my colours directly from the primaries (blue, red, yellow, and black), it can be a challenge sometimes to control the colours. I see a shade in my mind — or, more usually, a grouping of different colours together — and then I work back from there to figure out how I’d need to mix the primaries to get that combination.
It’s such a rush when I pull the yarn out of the dyebath and it’s exactly what I’d hoped. I get so excited I could punch the air!
But sometimes what comes out of the dyepot is nothing like what I had expected. That’s when I bite lip, turn it over in my hands, and look carefully at the yarn to see what adjustments I should make to bring out the best in the colours that have appeared before me. A little more red, a single drop of black, a swirl of yellow at the very last moment… it can all make a world of difference to the final yarn. And sometimes… sometimes what I get from that is far and away so much better than the colours I’d first hoped for in my mind.
Vineyard Stain was exactly such a yarn. It was meant to be something completely different — I can hardly remember now what I was aiming for — but it surprised me completely when I pulled it out of the dyebath. At first, I didn’t like what appeared at all. But I made those little adjustments — a bit of this, a smidge of that — and put it back in the water. And when it came out the second time, I fell head over heels in love.
This is an absolutely amazing yarn. The colours — the depth of colours — are just gorgeous and I simply cannot get my camera to really capture them. I may never be able to reproduce this yarn again but, oh!, how I hope I can!!!
Sock Yarn, Fingering Weight Superwash Merino, in Vineyard Stain
When the grapes have been harvested and gathered into great piles at the end of each row, and the piles have been collected and taken to the winery, what is left in their place is a ruby-red mark where the sheer weight of the bounty crushed the succulent grapes and the dark juice escaped and ran down, leaving that beautiful, telltale stain — deep as burgundy in some places, soft as a rose in others — against the yellow-brown of the dry, sun-baked earth.
This skein is approximately 100g of Superwash Merino in a wonderfully soft 3-ply, fingering weight yarn.
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino
Weight: Approximately 3.70oz / 105g
Colourway: Vineyard Stain, 100324-002
Care Instructions for the final item: Hand or Machine wash in tepid water, Lay flat to dry.
Each item is individually hand-dyed by the SpaceCadet, using professional grade acid dyes. Please be sure to buy enough for your project as the colours may not be able to be reproduced exactly.
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