June Subscriber Inspiration Colorways!


June’s special colorways are now live! This month’s colorways are inspired by a photograph sent by Kate G.

Kate said this about her photograph: “I took this photo in April when we spent a week in Ogden, Utah for work training for my husband. We were at the Ogden Botanical Garden one evening having a picnic and this bright orange flower hidden among the woody shrub caught my eye.  It was easily missed and such a neat find!”

Kate wins a free skein of yarn in her own special colorway! Congratulations, Kate! If you’d like to play along, all you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter (link up top on the right side), and then email me your photos every month. I choose one each month to create several special colorways. This is the third Subscriber Inspiration I’ve done (MDSW messed with me too much so I sadly missed doing this in April and May). Past inspirations were a chicken and a rainbow photo, so you can tell inspiration can come from just about anything.

I love all three of these colorways, individually and together. What a great project they’d make.

Botanical is the main colorway. It’s a speckled blend of grays, soft browns, greens, yellow, and oranges on a soft gray base color. Pretty much all the colors in the photograph:


Little Flower is the bright, happy yellow-orange complimentary colorway, based on that pretty little flower:


And Leafy is the rich, nearly iridescent green complimentary colorway:


All three colors are available on the following bases:

Aurora: fingering weight 100% superwash Merino single ply, 400 yards per 100g skein.

Philomena: fingering weight 100% superwash Merino 4-ply, 438 yards per 100g skein.

Sunna: fingering weight 75% superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% silk 3 ply, 356 yards per 115g skein.

Andromeda: DK weight 10)% superwash Merino single ply, 240 yards per 100g skein.

Verdande: worsted weight 75% superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk 4-ply, 220 yards per 115g skein.

Please note that each base has its own listing for each color (because I haven’t figured out how to add variations to a listing on Shopify, when the variations have different prices).

You can find them all on this page. Listings will be open from June 19 – 30, 2018. Then they’ll close and I’ll get to work. All orders will ship between July 15 – 25, 2018.

Hope you love them as much as I do!

Dyed to Order: Rainbow Yarn!

Thanks to everyone who sent me inspirational photos over the past month! Once again, it was really hard to choose just one. But, this photo from Allyson ended up the winner for this month:

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Allyson’s inspiration photo

Allyson wrote: “This was taken in Alaska on a ferry ride from Haines to Juneau. When I saw your photo yarn color challenge I realized the memories I would love in yarn is something that would commemorate and combine all the years and adventures in Alaska. Looking back through all my photos this is the one. Even the grey days had beauty if you were willing to be outside and find them!”

And beautiful it certainly is. I have always been a complete sucker for rainbows. They’re just magical (whatever the real science behind them may be). I found myself coming back to this photo over and over again, loving the interplay of colors, the haziness of the storm clouds, the tiny strip of sun along the coast, and the clear, bright sky peeking out from behind. And that seems to be how it works:  you folks send me your photos, and I look at all of them over and over again until, finally, one seems to say “do me, do me!” louder than the others.

Meet this month’s limited edition colors:

First, the primary inspiration colorway, Rainbow Over Juneau, features a rainbow of colors (both softly speckled and blended) applied in the correct order (ROY G BIV) across the center of the skein, with cloudy grays at either end (the gray ends are twisted together up at the top of the skein in this photo):


Next, Rainbow Deconstructed, takes the colors of the rainbow, shakes them up and speckles them indiscriminately on a base of soft grays and creamy white.


Then come two tonal solid colorways to compliment these rainbow skeins: Skies After the Rain is a soft, clear blue reminiscent of that sky peeping through:


and Stormy Waters is inspired by the shadowed water under the storm clouds (I took some artistic license with this and added more blue to it, because I wanted a colorway more blue than charcoal):


These limited edition colorways will be available for pre-order through March 29, 2018. Orders will ship approximately three weeks after the listing closes.

You guys asked; I listened: This time around, all four colors are available on the following bases:

Aurora (fingering weight 100% Superwash Merino single ply, 400 yards per skein, $28.00 per skein)
Sunna (fingering weight 75% Superwash Merino three-ply, 15% Cashmere, 10% Bombyx Silk, 365 yards per skein, $34.00 per skein)
Andromeda (DK weight 100% Superwash Merino single ply, 240 yards per skein, $28.00 per skein)

Please see the listings for more information and to order!

Subscriber Color Inspirations happen on a monthly basis, and whoever sends me the winning photo receives a free skein of their own special yarn! Photos can be sent until the end of each month. The only rule is you have to be a newsletter subscriber to play. Subscribe to my newsletter (link at top right of this blog) if you’d like to play along!