March 15, 2022

Murky Depths Turns Four!

  • Ten skeins of shiny yarn ranging from purples to red with A Very Murky Birthday Sale written across it.
  • P One skein each of dusty blue, mustard and coral yarn on a wood table with a small animal skull.
  • P Three skeins of yarn, in green-blue, orange and purple yarn on a granite slab.
  • One skein each of mustard, dark red and olive green yarn on a stone background.
  • Skeins of cobalt and red-violet yarn laid on unfurled skeins of the same colors.

It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that Murky Depths launched four years ago this week. It both seems like I’ve been doing this for just a minute and also forever! All I know is that it’s been a great run so far and I look forward to many more years.

To celebrate, I’m having a small sale and introducing my newest base. Everything in my Etsy store will be 15% off from Thursday, March 17 through Monday, March 21. Discount will be applied at checkout, no code required.

Included will be my brand new Yakima Fingering, a Merino/silk/yak singles base. This yarn has it all – feather soft with a subtle halo, and the natural silver grey in its undyed state lends an iridescence that has to be seen. While I’ve offered the lace version of this since I opened shop, I’m so excited to introduce the fingering version which comes in oversized, 120-gram skeins for a whopping 523 yards so you can make an oversized shawl or even a sweater from just two or three skeins.

Thanks for supporting me during my first four years and look for more new spring items to show up soon.

New Colors for Caspian Fingering

  • Three skeins of a purple, pink, blue variegated yarn with multicolored speckles on top of solid skeins in two different blues and dusty pink.
  • Several skeins of porcelein color yarn with Copenhagen blue speckles.
  • One skein each of dusty green, soft red, dusty pink, muted brown and two different blues on a wooden tray.
  • Skeins of solid Cornflower blue, tomato red and soft borwn and several skeins of a variegated yarn in matching colors.
  • Four skeins of yarn in celadon, two different blue variegated and a pastel green on a needlepoint rug.

When I introduced Caspian — my new Merino, alpaca and nylon fingering — at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show in October, I was hoping people would love it as much as I do. The response was a definitive yes! so I’ve expanded the range to include 20 colors, with more on the way.

The base is so soft, with a beautiful, subtle halo that enhances the appeal of mellow, dusty colors as well as saturated, old-fashioned ones, so I’ve created more than a dozen of these. It’s equally effective for muted variegated combos so there are handful of those to coordinate with the solids. As if that weren’t enough, it takes speckles like a dream, so I’ve added some of those and even a few combinations of variegated with speckles.

Caspian is perfect for your new spring sweaters and I love how it looks in stranded knitting. It’s just as suitable for cold weather accessories and the nylon content means you can even use it for socks.

November 23, 2021

With Thanks!

A collage of hand-dyed yarn and the words Thank you sale!

I’m not one who makes much of a fuss over holidays, and understand the problematic nature of the one we are celebrating this week, but I do have many things to be thankful for. One of the biggest is that you have embraced my work and let me make a living doing what I love. Being a one-person business is a lot of hard work and pressure, but seeing all the lovely creations that are made from my yarn keeps me inspired and ready every day to keep going!

My whole shop will be on sale, 20% off all items, from Friday November 25 through Tuesday November 30. If you aren’t in the market for some yarn this week, I hope you will find another independently-owned business to support on Small Business Saturday.

To sweeten the pot, for Giving Tuesday, Lisa of Indie Untangled will be donating 5% of all her sales to Camba, an organization that provides programs in economic development, education and youth development, family support, health, housing and legal services to people in her hometown of Brooklyn. Better still, if you forward her an email order confirmation of any purchase from my shop from 11/26 through 11/30, I will donate 5% of that purchase and she will make a matching gift to Camba as well. You can send your order confirmation to [email protected] and we both thank you in advance!

November 11, 2021

Time To Get Cozy

  • Skeins of orange, yellow and gray yarn.

The trees are almost bare, the night temps in the Hudson Valley are dropping to the 20s and 30s, and if you’re anything like me, you are approaching your knitting or crocheting with a renewed motivation. It’s the perfect time of the year for me to roll out a new assortment of Sanctuary, my 100% Merino, non-Superwash 4ply worsted. Its plump, round construction makes for great stitch definition, so it’s perfect for cables, complex stitch patterns and stranded colorwork or mosaic knitting. A good soak and blocking renders the fabric pillow soft. I love it for sweaters, hats and mittens, or any other cold weather gear.

The natural finish on this yarn means that dyes penetrate slowly, which lends a soft, smooth look to variegated color ways and a subdued muted finish to tonals. I introduced several of my most popular multis that premiered in the past year along with 15 semisolids.

Time to curl up with your favorite hot beverage and settle in for the long months ahead.

September 9, 2021

Neptune DK 50s

  • Small skeins of colorful yarn in two rows next to a black fan.

How it started… I just wanted to knit a Stripes! Sweater by Andrea Mowry. I started pulling colors from the wall of yarn and even though pulling nine skeins for a sweater is no big deal – plenty more where that came from! it was bugging me just a little. And the gears started turning.

‘Tis the season of colorwork sweaters, gift knitting and all the accessories. I know I’m not the only one who has looked at a pattern and was a bit put off by having to buy full skeins knowing I’d only use half… or less. Coincidentally, I had some 50-gram skeins of my Neptune DK base on hand, left over from a special project and the next thing you know, 15 colors were dyed and added to my shop.

It’s the same 100% Merino Superwash wool as my regular Neptune skeins, in 116-yard/50-gram skeins, so you can mix and match with the 100-gram skeins. Half the yardage and half the price. Let your color impulses go wild!

In other news, I’m starting to add new fall colors to the shop every few days. New favorites in Rambler and Rocky Road which both pair up with the warm, cozy goodness of Honeycomb.

August 5, 2021

Lazy Summer Lace Sale 2021

  • Hot pink and purple yarn with a pink flower.

One of the benefits of running my own business is that I can sometimes choose to do things just for the love it. My biggest indulgence is offering not one, but three different lace weight bases. Out of fashion these days, it is not going to pay the bills, but I feel good knowing that the lace knitters out there can still feed their habits.

I’ve dyed some old favorites as well as some of my newest colors from other bases.

Harbour Lace is my Merino singles base which works up beautifully in both shawls and sweaters. It’s perfect for those shawls that are a combo of garter stitch and lace patterns. The soft halo gives a sumptuous feel but the superwash finish really helps prevent any pilling.

Siren is an 80/20 Merino/silk 2ply. Each ply has a tight twist, plied together a bit loosely making it perfect for showing off complex lace patterns that are light and airy, with a soft sheen from the silk.

Yakima Lace is my favorite of all. A Merino, silk and yak blend spun as a single, its natural light silvery brown color adds dramatic depth to its after-dye color, the silk adds an iridescent sheen and the singles construction plus the yak down adds a subtle halo. I choose really saturated colors for this base and they really shine.

My annual Lazy Summer Lace sale is my tribute to you and my thank you for letting me dye these favorite bases. All colors in all three are 20% off until August 16. No code required, discount will appear at check out.

In other sale news, my LaMer base (40% Merino, 40% llama, 20% nylon) is going bye-bye, not by choice. Sadly, I can’t get any more. Happily, I’ve found a suitable replacement that will make its appearance at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck trunk show in October but I have to make space for it on the shelves. Happily for you, this means you can purchase what’s left at a deep discount, I’ve marked down the remaining eight colors in stock to 50% off. A great deal for this super soft base with a beautiful, subtle halo!

Hot Hot Hot!

  • A four-skein fade set of red-orange yarn.

There are days this time of year when tending all the dye pots feels untenable. Longing for an air-conditioned studio, but not willing to pack it up and find a cool lake to jump in, I’ve been using my time dyeing up some new offerings. No surprise I’ve created some of my hottest colors to date!

I’m just loving my Fire Festival fade set on Harbour Singles fingering which includes one full skein each of Tutti Fruitti, Marigolds and Saffron, Tropicale & Heat Wave (also available for individual sale). I liked it so much I added a set of five mini skeins. And since I couldn’t stop there, I added a fifth stand-alone color on Harbour, Confetti, the lightest of the bunch with just a hint of warm and cool yellow and magenta speckles.

Taking things in a much cooler direction, I’ve added a few new fade sets on Deep Sock-Klimtomania, inspired by one of my favorite paintings, Miss Emelie Floge by Gustav Klimt, and The Age of Ore built around one of my oldest and most beloved colors, A Knight In Tarnished Armour.

I’ve restocked a few of my other fade sets, including Deep Waters. Maybe that one will cool us all down!

One Plus One Plus One Equals One

  • A blue, green and gray knitting swatch over skeins of yarn.

I love to go into a new season mixing up a fresh range of solids that the changing landscape inspires in me. This spring I was definitely pulled towards the sand, the mountains and the sea. Developing a wide range of colors with similar values, that create harmony together is one of the best parts of my job.

The real magic comes next — combining these building blocks into variegated yarns brings the whole collection together. My goal is always to create these mixes in such a way that yields a smooth wash of color, even when the individual elements are in high contrast. Since it can be a challenge to visualize how some colors will knit up, I swatched them up so we could see. The best part is that for every one of these new multis there are two or three or even four solids to use as companions.

Some of my favorites this time around are Angelfish, Butte, Painted Desert and Lupinus. I’ve dyed these on an assortment of Deep Sock, Harbour Singles fingering and Triton, my luxe Merino, Cashmere and nylon blend DK. And of course, there companion mohair colors to choose from.

March 10, 2021

Springing Forward!

  • Gray, yellow, blue and red yarn.

This is the best time of year — the excitement of the annual garden cleanup, ordering seeds and dahlias, taking the first pictures outdoors. The glory of warm sunny days and impatience on the cold ones. Moving the clock forward. This year is extra sweet, as we all anticipate life slowly returning to normal after this long hibernation.

We’re having our first 60-degree days this week and I’ve already started cleaning the bearded iris beds and scanned the early daffodils poking up through the snow remnants. It’s the perfect time to release a new group of colors that capture the season — cool, pale neutrals; warm, sunny colors that aren’t too saturated — colors that match the early growth already commencing.

Six new colors of Harbour Singles fingering and five of Triton MCN DK are live in the shop. From the soft fatigue green of Stone Cold and icy clear lemon of Zest, to the soft, warm coral of Collins Ave and the traditional Delft blue of Cornflower, the possibilities for combining and fading these abound.

Is there mohair, you ask? Of course! There are even four new colors in Sparkle sock. Now I’m on the lookout for the first robins of the year and all will be momentarily right with the world.

Hang in there, my friends. Hopefully we will be able to see each other again by the fall.

February 11, 2021

Soft as a baby’s…

  • Skeins of gray and pink yarn.

I confess to being a sucker for softness. While trends are moving towards toothy yarns with character, my snowflake skin yearns for a smooth Merino, enhanced by a touch of Cashmere.

Due to the pandemic, supplies of my Triton MCN DK base have been spotty and I really haven’t done a proper update of it since the end of the summer. Happily, that’s been rectified and I’ve listed 20 colors in the shop, from earthy, rich tones to ethereal pinks and grey, I hope it’s a nice range. And I have a few more ideas up my sleeve.

Triton is an 80/10/10 Superwash Merino, Cashmere and nylon 4 ply with good body and drape. And did I mention it’s soft? Love it for sweaters and shawls, or just a skein or two to make a hat and mittens.