Grackles and Grosbeak and Bears, Oh My!

  • A group of two different multicolored yarns in golds, greens and blues.
  • Four skeins of azure blue yarn with warm olive and gold accents.
  • One twisted skein of stone multicolored yarn and one of olive green on a knitted swatch.
  • Five mini skeins of stone to olive brown yarn laid out from light to dark.
  • Several skeins of deep brown tonal yarns on a stone slab.

Summer is the time I most love my home in the Hudson Valley. After the beautiful but bleak colors of an upstate winter, I soak up the amazing range of hues nature offers. I don’t even have to step outside to enjoy our avian friends, as long as the bears leave our strategically placed bird feeders alone.

New colors Grackle and Grosbeak both feature layers of moody tones, with warm and iridescent golds peaking through, overdyed with a brilliant blue. Tadpole Alley is amphibian green in a sea of azure inspired by activity in our seasonal stream in the late spring. Grackle comes on Deep Sock, Neptune Merino DK and may be the most stunning version on Harbour Merino Singles fingering. Grosbeak, for now, comes on Deep Sock and Neptune, while Tadpole Alley needs the subtle sheen of Harbour to really wow.

Moving farther afield, I am lucky to have quick access to the many mountain groups in the area, which prompted me to create Bear Mountain and The Gunks — the loving nickname for the Shawangunks, a mecca for climbers across the Northeast. Built from layers of stone and verdant greens, they both have subtle specks of sunlight and earthy deep brown. In addition to offering these two on Deep Sock and Neptune Merino DK, I dyed up a five color mini skein set in fingering called Catskill Climber.

Perhaps unrelated but still sitting pretty with this new grouping is French Roast, inspired by one of the most important things in my life! Successive dye baths of three different browns makes this a truly rich brew. Available on Deep Sock and Triton MCN DK.

Since I dyed all of these using my favorite technique of laying bath after bath of different colors, it’s not surprising how they fit so well in my existing range, and that I feel like I’ve been dyeing them forever.