June 23, 2016

The Golden Skein’s Summer Dyer Inspiration

The Golden Skein is delighted to bring to you the second installment of the Power of 3 Club 2016. Inspired by the image ‘Sun Rays Between Trees in Forest’ by Pawel Pacholec, this quarter we’ve brought together a mix of English, Irish and Welsh talent. A moody and somewhat haunting image, open to interpretation as either the dawn of a beautiful day or the sun setting on a Summer’s eve, has produced a trio of yarns that truly reflects the thousand words spoken by one photograph.

Victoria Magnus – Eden Cottage Yarns

Victoria taught herself to knit when at university in Dundee and became exasperated by being unable to find the perfect hand dyed purple yarn; and so, a dyer was born. Now based in a Yorkshire kitchen, Eden Cottage Yarns began in Cumbria in 2011, in Victoria’s 1700s cottage. The yarn is hand dyed in the sink with an emphasis on simple but gorgeous colours, and Eden Cottage Yarns has become synonymous with a muted palette of semi-solid shades, which can be seen first hanging in the garden to dry. Victoria’s West Yorkshire home office allows a lovely view of the garden, and orchards and fields beyond, which is both beautiful and inspiring.

Victoria dyed her colourway onto her Oakworth 4 ply base, 100% New Zealand Polwarth, 100g, 400m/463yds. This light, semi-solid colourway would make beautiful shawls, accessories and garments.

‘Forest Light’

“The inspiration photo for this quarter’s yarn really struck a chord with me, as I particularly love the forest and woodland. At this time of year with the sun streaming through the fresh new growth it’s invigorating and energising. The silvery green light is reflected in my colourway, and it is designed to be good alongside other woodland hues.”

Yvonne McSwiney – Dublin Dye

It will come as no surprise that Dublin Dye is based in Dublin. Yvonne and her partner opened the doors above a yarn shop in 2007. As time has passed, things have changed and it is now a solo operation after her business partner moved home to the States and Yvonne had a break to have her family. Dyeing in the main for the aforementioned shop and for her Etsy shop, Yvonne has moved to a new studio and full of new inspiration, she is expanding her business all the time.

Yvonne dyed her colourway onto her Swing Sock base, a 75% Superwash Merino, 25% nylon blend, 100g, 425m/463yds. This tonally variegated colour way would be perfect for socks and accessories.


“When I first looked at the photo, it was about the trees: tall, strong and dark in the foreground. I started off with a dark skein in browns and greens, but it wasn’t jumping out at me like the photo did. When I took another look at the photo, I realised it isn’t about the dark trees, but the light. So for a second attempt I worked with lighter green and golden colours. The light through the trees, the mossy, foggy background, and the hint of golden leaves lead me between the trees and through the woods.”

Caerthan Wrack – Triskelion Yarn and Fibre

Based at Pistyll Gwyn Farm in Carmarthenshire, Triskelion produce hand-dyed yarns, blended fibre batts and hand-woven goods. Their yarns are generally British sourced, and all of their batts use locally sourced fibre, other than silk and cashmere. There is a small breeding herd of alpacas at the farm, and theirs is the fibre predominantly in the batts and alpaca yarns when the clip is available. All the yarns are kettle dyed using single pigment dyes, yielding rich, strong colours with lots of subtle detailing.

Caerthan dyed his colourway onto a 75% Falklands Merino, 25% Silk blend, 100g 400m/436yds. This rich, saturated, solid colourway would be perfect for luxurious accessories and garments.


“After seeing the inspiration photo, I knew I wanted to create a rich, forest green. I love to create saturated colourways and the deep green of the forest was the obvious choice. I named the colour after the Brechfa Forest in Caermarthen, the area of Wales where Triskelion Yarn and Fibre is based. The ancient woodland (Glyn Cothi) has a rich and varied history and this fitted well with the deep green colourway.”

So there you have the three dyers from the summer quarter! Unfortunately, there are no skeins left as it was completely sold out. Sign-ups for the next quarter are due to open on 1st July 2016 and close again on the 7th July. If you’d like to be reminded of this, please join our mailing list here.