|These beauties could be yours!|
As you may know, I have recently moved to Downeast Maine, which I am quickly learning is a crafting mecca. Everyone seems to have some astonishing crafting skill up their (hand-knitted) sleeve, and it took maybe 5 minutes of working my new job before I was ushered, escorted and introduced to the weekly cafeteria knitting group!
Of course, as homework for properly integrating into the knitting society here, I've been sniffing out yarn purveyors.... and true to Maine form, this fabulous hand-dyer found me before I found her! (It turns out that she used to live on the fascinating abandoned property behind my house that has many stories to tell, but that's for another day...)
Seven Sisters Arts is a hand-dyer based in lovely Blue Hill, Maine a bit west of Bar Harbor.
This is a new leg in Karen's journey as a hand-dyer, as she's been spinning and dyeing for over 30 years, and believe me she knows what she is doing! I was lucky enough to visit the gorgeous 19th century house where she will open her Seven Sisters Arts storefront on June 13 (mark your calendars Mainers and tourists). The event was a "yarn tasting", and it was delicious. Seven Sisters Arts is putting a ton of elbow grease into renovating this home, and it is just the loveliest place for a yarn shop.
The Meridian you see above is what Seven Sisters Arts will be giving away to one lucky reader! It is a fingering weight yarn, 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. Ideal for socks and shawls, my friends. The giveaway is for the Ravens Wing Color Shift of a special gradient mini-skein kit she makes.
|Note that the blue skein on the right is actually turquoise, and the pink is more of a dark magenta.|
Surprisingly, only two dyes are progressively mixed to give color to each of the six skeins. And you can always be ready for some thoughtful shade names with Seven Sisters Arts (did you notice some yarn names from "Sisters" of the Pleiades star cluster?). The Raven's Wing colorway is named for the iridescent colors on raven feathers: sometimes purple, blue or teal.
- Beltran - a word of Old Germanic origin meaning “bright raven”
- Branwen -Welsh for “beautiful raven”
- Karasu - Japanese for raven, Corvus - Latin for raven or crow
- Tulugaak -Inuit for raven
- Renshaw - Old English for “raven of the forest"
From the Seven Sisters Arts website:
Many of Seven Sisters’ colors are dyed at the same intensity or saturation resulting in a palette of colors that coordinate and work well together for colorwork or gradient knitting, some are dyed at lighter intensities and they are noted as “little sister of…” under product details. COLOR SHIFT series are sets of colors that shift or move from one color to another with intermediate gradations so that they are all related and harmonize, i.e. the Raven’s Wing series colors shift from a magenta to a teal and the colors in between are a combination of both.
And look what you can make with this ~920 yard/200g set! This is Radiant Gradient by Susan Ashcroft using the Raven's Wing colorway.
|Shawl knit by Sismademeknit on Ravelry|
Or how about Fiar by Irishgirlieknits?
And now you totally want to have this, right?
To win this mini-skein kit:
and make sure to leave a way I can reach you (Ravelry name, blog, Facebook, etc.)
Drawing is on April 22, 2015.
and while you're there, here's a 10% off coupon code to use on a purchase:
(limit one per customer)
I know I know, clicking is hard. So I thought I'd finish by tempting you with more of her amazing yarn....
|More examples of Meridian.|
|Celaeno, silk and mohair.|
I hope you'll visit Seven Sisters Arts. Karen is doing yarn show and festival tours until the store opens this summer. If you are in the area, see everything in person or keep up to date with locations and KALs in her Ravelry group. Happy drooling!
Stitches South, Nashville April 23-26
Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor June 6-7
Storefront Grand Opening, Blue Hill June 13