Creativity in the Time of Corona

  • Skeins of teal Merino and boucle yarn.

Like all your favorite indie dyers, I’ve watched all my spring events get cancelled while I’m surrounded by thousands of skeins of dyed yarn. I’m using this break from the usual demands as a rare chance to just let my imagination go wild, so I’ve issued a personal “New Item of The Day” challenge. Some days this means adding a new base to a beloved colorway, but more often I’m experimenting with brand new things. I’m a little scared of how many more than my current 200 offerings I’ll have on my shop when this is all over! Here are a few of my favorites from the few last weeks.

True to my deep and murky character, I’ve added Guac in both Harbour Singles and Mirage kidsilk lace, along with one of my favorite colors-Destroyed to the Maelstrom Boucle line up. But I can’t ignore the spring awakening that’s going on outside my house in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley that have inspired new colors like The Winks, Cirrus and Thistle Pass (hope you’ll forgive the bad pun).

Since this is my family’s primary source of income, I’m running a 15% off sale store-wide, using code CXL15 at checkout. We small producers thank you all so much for helping us through this time, to the best of your abilities. I can’t wait to see you all at the other side!

March 19, 2020

All Dressed Up with No Place To Go

  • Bright blue and purple yarn.

Like many of your favorite indie makers, I’ve watched a busy booked season of shows, yarn crawls and trunk shows grind to a halt. Beyond the loss of income, I have a room filled with skeins waiting to go to their new homes.

One of the items I was most excited to show off is my newest base, Nautilus BFL Aran. Nautilus is a 100% British Bluefaced Leicester with a 2-ply construction that results in a bouncy, lofty fabric that works great in a wide range of needles sizes, from around US #8 to US #11. With great stitch definition, this one would be fabulous for cables and other structured stitch patterns.

Currently available in 10 colors, Nautilus, as well as everything else in my shop is available for a 15% discount using code CXL15 at checkout.

On a personal note, I wish you all well in this unprecedented time. I’m using my time to let my creativity have full reign, experimenting with new colors and dyeing techniques, and getting a ton of knitting done. If you are not suffering from financial insecurity, now is a great time to support us small businesses in our beloved industry. I know at least two of the LYS in my community have created GoFundMe campaigns so they can pay their staffs for as long as possible — even though I depend on my dyeing for my income, I managed to find a way to contribute to these. There are opportunities to help if you can afford to do so. I can’t wait ‘til we can all get together again, when we’re on the other side of this.

February 20, 2020

Up To Eleven!

  • Multicolored bouclé yarn.

I have a new base I’m totally geeking out over.

Do you love the look of all the new styles made using kid mohair silk but just the thought of it makes your neck break out in hives? Or you just want to up your halo game to 11? Meet Maelstrom, an alpaca and polyamide boucle laceweight that you can swap for any pattern calling for mohair. I promise, it’s as soft as a baby bunny’s butt and the fuzz is glorious.

Use on its own, held double or held together with another yarn. Marl two colors. Have a fade set you’re just not sure about? Pick a color that works with it and it will help blend those colors for the smoothest of fades. The possibilities are endless. And at 874 yards per 100 gram skein it’s about the same price as the average skein of kid mohair silk with almost twice the yardage.

It’s currently available in 10 colors, but I’m so pumped about this base, so if there are any of my solids on other bases you’d like me to dye for you on Maelstrom, shoot me a custom request on my Etsy shop and if it can be done I’m happy to dye it.

January 22, 2020

The Magnolia Kit

  • A pink and white floral bag with pink and white yarn.

Alisa of KnitSpinQuilt and Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks have teamed up again to create another exclusive, limited edition kit — The Magnolia Kit.

We were both drawn to this Arts and Crafts Movement-style print, evocative of the textiles of William Morris. The claret colored magnolias with pop of magenta offset by the grey eucalyptus leaves are sure to bring a glimpse of springtime straight to your door.

THE BAG
You have your choice of either a medium (sock) or a large (shawl) drawstring bag.
The sock bag measures 10″ x 7″ x 3″. It will hold one or two skeins of yarn, great for a hat, sock or other small project.
The shawl bag measures 13″ x 8″ x 4″. It will hold two to four skeins of yarn, perfect for a shawl or small sweater.
We selected a claret satin ribbon with a picot edge as the perfect complement to the fabric.

THE YARN
You have your choice of one or two skeins of this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn.
Deep Sock is a soft, springy two-ply yarn with great stitch definition. Next-to-skin softness makes it perfect for garments and the added nylon makes it suitable for socks and other hard wearing items. These are 400 yds per 100 gram skeins of 80% SW Merino wool and 20% nylon.

SHIPPING DETAILS
This item is a PRE-ORDER. Orders will open on Friday, January 24 and close on Friday, February 7. Kits will ship on or before Friday, March 6. We know that’s a bit of time to wait, but we need to be certain we can deliver the highest-quality product possible, so we’re setting a conservative timeline to be sure!

We will be donating 5% of all sales to Direct Relief, an international charity doing work in Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane and earthquake recovery.

November 27, 2019

DK Is The New Worsted…And A Sale!

  • Skeins of red yarn.

In so many conversations over the last year with LYS owners, designers, other dyers and my circle of knitting friends, the consensus is that DK is the current go to weight of choice for winter knitting. Warm but not too bulky, it’s perfect for sweaters and shawls, as well as quick seasonal accessories.

I truly adore Neptune, my 100% Merino Superwash DK. It’s next-to-the-skin soft, has really great spring which makes it fly off the needles, and has awesome stitch definition. I’ve just added a bunch of new colors including four of my favorites shown here: Tweed Blazer, Bump In The Night, Blood Oath and Caraansary. There are 18 different colorways in stock now, including semisolids and variegateds, for all your keep-warm needs.

These, and my whole shop, will be on sale for 20% off through midnight Sunday, December 1.

October 15, 2019

Special collection launching at Indie Untangled

  • A woman models a mustard textured sweater.
  • A black cropped sweater with bobbles.

Presenting a capsule collection made exclusively for Indie Untangled — a collaboration between Murky Depth Dyeworks, Hello Mello Handspun and me, designer Paula Pereira.

Pieces

1. Aglae is a circular yoke pullover with, what I like to call, a “petite boxy” shape, where the body has a certain amount of positive ease (not as much as a traditional boxy top) and fitted sleeves. I must say that “petite boxy” is one of my very favorite styles, because it looks beautiful on any body type! I really love it!

The pullover has a textured fabric, created by different combinations of fingering weight and mohair yarns with a slip stitch motif that is very easy to memorize and fun to knit! The back neck is shaped with short rows, for a nice fit.

Aglae is available in nine sizes:

Finished Size
33 ¼ (37 ¼, 41 ¼, 45, 49 ¼) (52 ¼, 56 ½, 60 ¾, 65)” / 84 (95, 104.5, 114.5, 125) (132.5, 144, 154, 165) cm bust circumference.

Ease between 2 ¼ and 3 ½ ”/ 5.5 and 8.5 cm.

To fit bust size range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5) cm – XS (S,
M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Sample shown measures 37 ¼” / 95 cm (size S); modeled with 3.25″ / 8 cm of positive ease.

Yarn
Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering 100% Superwash Merino wool – approx. 400 yds / per 100 g skein
Tobacco Road (MC) 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) (4, 5, 5, 5) skeins;
Murky Depths Mirage Kidsilk Lace [72% kid mohair 28% silk – approx. 459 yds / per 50 g skein
Round Midnight
(CC1) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein;
In Yards / Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
MC (fingering single-ply yarn) = 923 (1016, 1138, 1277, 1389) (1502, 1642, 1783, 1997) yds / 844 (930, 1041, 1168, 1270) (1373, 1502, 1631, 1827) m.
CC1 (Kidsilk Mohair) = 193 (212, 237, 266, 290) (313, 343, 372, 417) yds / 177 (194, 217, 244, 266) (287, 314, 341, 382) m.

2. Yabel is a rounded / circular yoke pullover that also has a “petite boxy” shape. The stranded colorwork stitch motif at the yoke and sleeves is rich in texture because of the yarn: a single ply fingering, sock with silver sparkle and mohair!

For a contemporary look, the sleeves are shaped to create a bishop / balloon style. The back neck is shaped with short rows for a great fit.

Yabel is available in 9 sizes (details below)

Finished Size
33 ¾ (38, 41 ¾, 45 ¼, 49 ¼) (52, 57 ½, 60 ¾, 65 ½)” / 86 (96.5, 106, 115, 125) (132.5, 146, 154, 166.5) cm bust circumference.

Ease between 2 and 4”/ 5 and 10 cm.

To fit bust/size range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5) cm – XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Sample shown measures 37.93″ / 96.5 cm (size S); modeled with 4″ / 10 cm of positive ease.

Yarn
Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering 100% Superwash Merino – approx. 400 yds / per 100g skein
Tobacco Road (MC) 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) (5, 5, 6, 6) skeins;
Murky Depths Sparkle Sock – SW Merino/20% nylon/5% Stellina – approx. 400 yds / per 100g skein Porcino (CC1) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein;
Murky Depths Mirage Kidsilk Lace – 72% kid mohair/28% silk – approx. 459 yds / per 50g skein
Kid Grove (CC2) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein;

In Yards / Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
MC (Fingering Single Ply yarn) = 1009 (1164, 1347, 1457, 1636) (1773, 1993, 2162, 2403) yds / 923 ( 1065, 1232, 1333, 1496) (1622, 1823, 1977, 2198) m.
CC1 (Sock with sterlina) = 111 (124, 142, 152, 166) (176, 193, 207, 224) yds / 102 (114, 130, 139, 152) (161, 177, 190, 205) m.
CC2 (Kid mohair and silk) = 41 (46, 53, 57, 62) (66, 72, 77, 84) yds / 38 (43, 49, 53, 57) (61, 66, 71, 77) m.

3. Yullana is a cropped pullover, with texturized stitch motif at the front central panel and sleeves, created with simple knit and purl stitches, and bobbles. With a flair of peasant blouses, Yullana has bishop/balloon sleeves in smaller proportions, for a contemporary look.

I like to think this pullover has the characteristics of an all-day piece, with some cute and stylish details! I hope Yullana pullover becomes one of your favorite handknits!

Yullana is available in 7 sizes (details below)

Finished Size
32¾ (37, 41¼ , 44½ , 48¾ , 53, 57¼ )” / 83 (94, 105, 113, 124, 135, 145) cm bust circumference.

Ease between 2½ and 3¼ ”/ 6 and 8.5 cm.

To fit bust Size range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm – XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Sample shown measures 37″/ 94 cm (size S); modeled with 3″ / 7.5 cm of positive ease.

Yarn
Hellomello Limited Edition small batch yarn milled in NY/Hand dyed in Brooklyn, NY – 100% fine Cormo Wool –
approx. 275 yds per 100g skein
Dark Gray 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins.
In Yards / Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
986 (1136, 1270, 1414, 1565, 1774, 1985) yards / 902 (1039, 1162, 1293, 1432, 1623, 1816) m.

4. Ambara is an elongated triangular shawl, knitted from the top down, back and forth. Worked over four sets of Right and Left Wing Charts, Ambara alternates different stitch motifs knitted with two colors of Merino fingering single-ply as well as kid mohair silk yarn and, sometimes, both held together. The effect resultant of those variations is a textured fabric with a little transparency between curvy motifs.

One thing I do love about shawls and wraps (and I hope you do too!) is they are reversible! After all, those pieces are made to casually be thrown in our outfits, adding that special detail to the overall look! All this coolness does not match the worry to have to be checking if we are wearing it at the correct side, right?! And even better if we can add different yarns to make the reversibility even more interesting!

Finished Size
Wingspan 84” (214 cm) and Center Depth 31” (79 cm)
Yarn
Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering – 100% Superwash Merino – approx. 400 yds/per 100g skein
Turmeric (MC) 1 skein;
Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering 100% Superwash Merino – approx. 400 yds/per 100g skein
Silvery Moon (MC) 1 skein;
Murky Depths Mirage Kidsilk Lace 72% kid mohair/28% silk – approx. 459 yds/per 50g skein
Salted Carmel (mohair) 1 skein;

Yards/Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
MC (Fingering Single Ply) = 392 yds (359 m).
MC (Fingering Single Ply) = 394 yds (361 m).
Mohair = 442 yds (405 m).

5. Diamond socks and/or slippers is a great pattern for beginners! Knitted from the toe up to the cuff, Diamond has a fun to knit geometric stitch motif, where small diamonds creates a big one, and most of the fabric is worked circular in stockinette stitch. The pattern is adjustable and you can try as you knit, as we can do with top down sweaters!

I hope you enjoy and have a fun knitting time with Diamond socks and/or slippers!

SIZES
1 (2)
Sample shown in size 1 with 9” / 20.5 cm length uses 320 yds / 293 m of the pattern yarn with indicated gauge.

***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or
modifications. Keep in mind this is an adjustable pattern.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Foot Circumference: 8 (9)” / 20.5 (23) cm
Foot Length: Adjustable

Yarn
1 (1) skein of Murky Depths Dyeworks Deep Sock Superwash Merino wool/20% nylon – approx. 400 yds / per 100 g skein, shown in Salted Caramel.

Lazy Summer Lace

  • Skeins of variegated, red and gray yarn from Murky Depths

The dog days of summer are the ideal time to tackle that gorgeous lace shawl you’ve been contemplating. Hopefully you have a little extra time off from the usual demands, but the thought of a big wooly sweater on your lap just doesn’t appeal. Something substantial, yet light and airy, fits the bill perfectly.
I might be the world’s slowest lace knitter and, to be frank, lace yarn just doesn’t sell that well. But I might love lace weight yarn best of all, and dyer’s prerogative, I offer three different bases.

Siren Lace is a 80/20 Merino silk 2ply. Each ply has a very tight twist, plied together a bit loosely. This one is perfect for showing off those complex lace patterns while giving a light as air, ethereal finished object. The silk content adds to the strength of the yarn, while lending a fine hint of sheen.

Harbour Lace is my Merino singles base and the one that I dye in both solids and variegated colors. I have a weakness for singles in all weights, but lace is the one that truly makes my heart sing. It’s Superwash, so all the soft squishy goodness with low risk for felting or pilling.

Yakima Lace is the belle of the ball — a Merino, silk and yak blend, this one has it all. The wool gives this singles yarn strength and spring, the silk adds a distinct but subtle sheen and the natural colored yak down adds the magic. It has a wonderful halo, and the natural silvery grey color create an irresistible depth and nuance of hues when dyed. It’s practically iridescent.

To add to the temptation, I’m offering 15% off all my lace yarns for the whole month of August. No coupon code required.

All Things Considered…

  • Gray, red and blue variegated yarn

It would be a bit hyperbolic to say I wouldn’t be a dyer if it weren’t for National Public Radio, but it’s a fact that the radio, set to my local NPR station, is the first thing I turn on when I hit the dye studio and the last thing to go off at the end of the day. When I’ve heard the weekend rotation for the second or third time, I switch over to my tablet and NPR subscriber’s gift Bluetooth speaker to catch some older podcasts. The range of programming makes a job I already love infinitely more pleasurable.

While I’ve been an NPR sustaining member for a long time, I’d love to do more to support this national jewel, so I’ve created my newest colorway, Wait Wait! Available on Deep Sock and Neptune Merino DK, 25% of all sales will be donated to NPR on a monthly basis. I promise to keep stocking these as long as you keep buying them.

Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Green yarn

It started out as a normal dye day-work list tacked to the wall, yarns soaking, dye stocks mixed. Then I glanced over at a batch of one of my most beloved colorways, It’s Complicated, hanging on the drying rack and my brain started itching. What would happen if I… and the next four hours were lost to de-construction. It was instant love with each version, and also an unstoppable desire to see what would happen if… and the Relationships Matters set was born.

Dyed on Deep Sock, each of these are available now in my shop: It’s Complicated, Opposites Attract, Have We Met and No More Shall We Part. If, like me, you’re hankering to fade all four of them, they are also available as a kit with one full 100-gram skein of each color at a special price. And yes, of course, there is mohair!

February 20, 2019

Fighting the Februry Blues

I’m not a fan of cold weather and by this time of year all I want are the early signs of impending spring. But the color lover in me can’t help but be captivated by the special way the winter light plays on the landscape. The brittle, egg shell quality of the atmosphere and the somber, smoky hues outside inspired a small collection dyed on a new-to-me base, Majuro MCS fingering, and on Mirage kidsilk mohair lace.

There are two separate palettes I think of as The Mountain and the Sea. The first captures my impression of the wintry landscape outside my Catskills home, in the magic hour as the sun begins to set. The second was inspired by memories of a frigid New Year’s Day long ago, spent on the beach on Cape Cod, and the interplay between the icy waters, the bent sea grass on the dunes and the overcast sky. And, of course, what winter color scheme would be complete without a breathless frozen pink?

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.So many indie dyers. One email.
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