Each month, we dye a brand new, unique colourway for our Spinning Fibre and Sock Yarn Clubs. We’d like to share what we sent out to our members in May:
Colourway // Island Time
Golden sunshiney yellows and zesty blood oranges, perked up with a splash of swimming pool blue… This month’s colourway, Island Time is something that I’ve been craving: maybe a little Mai Tai on the beach or a sunny day hike to a hidden lagoon and waterfall.
The whole studio has been hopping this past month with preparations for not only our upcoming trade show at TNNA in Columbus, but also an expansion! By the time you read this, we will have expanded into the unit next door to us so that we can double our dye production area! It has been a journey that has been marked by challenges to say the least, but we are feeling super, super blessed that this space became available at exactly the time that we needed it. We are now busy planning out the space and hiring more and more dyers to join our team.
With all of us at the studio being so busy, I really wanted to make something that felt rejuvenating and joyful. And seeing this puffy, happy golden colour all braided up and spilling out of a tub truly makes my eyes light up and I hope it does for you too.
Yarn // Tough Love Sock
Tough Love Sock is our most popular and best-selling sock yarn, perhaps because of it’s combination of softness and strength or because it takes colour so clearly and vibrantly!
Spun from 80% superwash and supersoft fine merino and 20% nylon into a 3-ply yarn, this yarn is so versatile — knit it firmly for hard wearing socks, knit it loosely for drapey shawls, or knit it doubled for a great worsted weight substitute.
Even though it is machine-washable, we recommend never machine-drying. Handknits will hold up best if you hand wash and lay flat to dry.
Fibre // Superwash Merino spinning fibre
This fibre is 100% superwash merino wool that is soft, puffy, and really fun to spin. Superwash Merino is incredibly fluffy and it’s always a challenge to keep it from floating away into disparate clouds of fibre when we are dyeing it. Merino has a short staple length with a tiny, springy crimp which imparts softness and bounce to your handspun.
The superwash process makes this fine merino wool into a fibre that can be washed easily without felting. Ideally, you’ll still choose to handwash your handspun creations and handle them with care. The superwash process does make the fibre more “slick” and less “grabby”, making it sometimes a little more challenging to spin. One technique to manage the slickness is to spin from the fold. It helps you “hold on” to the fibre a little easier. The fluffiness of the fibre will make for easy and smooth drafting.
If you’d like to see what our members are making with their Club yarns and fibres, have a peek in our Ravelry group here »