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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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)
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!

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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.

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

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?

December 6, 2018

New Neptune Merino DK Introductory Offer!

There’s no denying it’s sweater weather here in the Northeast. Hat, glove and scarf weather, too. If you are anything like me, there is a renewed ferocity to your knitting or crocheting, driven by the desire to get warm now!

No better time to introduce my newest base, Neptune DK. This 100% Merino has all the benefits of a Superwash, but at 230 yards per 100 gram skein, this 4-ply yarn has all squish factor you’re craving right now. A joy to dye, it takes color like crazy, producing amazingly saturated results.

This first roll out is limited to seven of my favorite colors, including Sirocco, Girl Gone Mad and Electric Ladyland, plus one haunting new one, Ghost Rider. I can’t wait to explore all the possibilities this addition to my line up has to offer, so expect new colors to pop up between now and the end of the year.

To tempt you to treat yourself to its charms, I’m having a 15% off sale on this base, from now until this Sunday midnight, East Coast time. Still plenty of time to knock out a few last-minute gifts!

As always, I’m happy to take custom orders. If you see color in one of my other bases you’d like me to dye for you in Neptune DK, send me a custom order request on my shop, or shoot me an email. I will honor the sale price through this Sunday evening, and generally ship custom orders in less than two weeks, two skein minimum required.

November 8, 2018

Cooler Days, Warmer Colors

As winter ascends and the world outside my window shifts towards a monochrome field, I’m compelled to create from the boldest, most saturated colors in my mental paint box. One of the many wonderful aspects of having married into an Indian family many years ago is my prized collection of silk saris, not to mention decades’ worth of photos of weddings, graduation parties, baby showers and other joyous gatherings.

I find myself turning to these often these days as a source of inspiration and ideas. These new fall colorways are all executed on Harbour Singles fingering to best capture the silken fabric sheen. I’m happy to take custom orders for singles, lace and DK weights as well.

Shown together here are Turmeric, Sirocco and Lucia, as well as my current favorite — Mysore Silk.

August 16, 2018

Get Busy!

Yarnies — it’s time to get your Fall on. Between last visits to the beach, final cookouts with friends and family and getting the kids ready for school, we’re all yearning to get that first sweater or shawl of the season off the needles or hook. I’ve been holed up in the dye studio working on new colorways to be released in September, but a few of them have me so excited that I just can’t wait.

Meet Gigli, a vivid Harbour Singles Fingering that captures the extinction burst of autumn colors we so love, before the trees shed their leaves for the long winter. (Rhinebeck sweater, anyone?). Pair it with Picante, a deep red glazed ochre, and you can almost feel the heat of the fireplace warming your toes, or use it with Porcino, a warm mushroom taupe.

Harvest Moon or Silvery Moon — which way do you want to go for your Ixchel sweater? Harbour Singles in Round Midnight, shown with Turmeric and Silvery Moon. Decisions, decisions.

Finally, there’s A Miasma of Mohair. I’m so smitten with dyeing Mirage kid mohair silk lace that I’m up to 14 colors currently in stock and adding new colors every few weeks. Use on its own, or paired with a companion yarn and the possibilities go on forever.

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