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.

Thinking About the Weather

A rare five day stretch in the country and dye studio last week, with no particular plan in mind, dovetailed with the brutal heatwave in the Northeast. It’s little surprise that I ended up with a refreshing river of cool blues.

Some of the new items just added to the shop are Mystic Harbour Singles in both fingering and lace (shown with companion color Destroyed), Sea Glass Yakima Merino, silk, yak lace, Ocean’s 11 Harbour Singles Fingering, and Portsmouth Siren Merino silk lace.

Stay cool and knit on!

Are You Experienced?

I wouldn’t call myself old hippie, but to be honest, I’m not exactly young anymore…and this was the music of my youth. But mostly, the color names make themselves known to me during the creation process, and who am I to argue?

Electric Ladyland is such an intense, vivid semi-solid blue that it practically vibrates. Previously only available in Harbour Singles Lace, finally in stock in Harbour Fingering.

Purple Haze comes on Triton MCN DK. Psychedelic, purple, (kiss the) sky blue — what else could I possible name this?

We didn’t live on Hendrix alone. Even if the name No. 9 means nothing to you, you might still love this layered red violet beauty. Available on Deep Sock and Triton MCN DK.

Siren Song

Mirage, my newest base, has me totally enthralled. Aptly named, the play of light off the silk core seen through the shimmering halo of mohair creates a magical aura of color and texture.

It’s technically categorized as lace weight, but versatile enough to knit or crocheted with a wide range of needle or hook sizes for various effects. Work on its own or combine with another fiber and the possibilities are endless.

The first five colors, shown here, are now live in my shop. More to come in the next few weeks, because I just can’t stop thinking about this stuff!

Shipwrecked, shown with Destroyed Harbour Singles (available in fingering or lace).
The Dreamtime, alongside Deep Sock in Uluru.
And Clockwise from top left Painted Lady, The Moors, Shipwrecked and Lorelei.

Welcome to the Murky Depths

Wouldn’t it be fun…? Famous last words. A sudden whim to spend my 2016 winter vacation dyeing some yarn. A new way to indulge my fiber addiction, as if knitting, crocheting and machine knitting wasn’t enough. Oops! By day two, I was making silent deals with myself that if I still loved this in a year I’d open a shop.

Fast forward 18 months — I’ve spent every spare minutes up to my elbows in blue rubber gloves, developing color formulas, testing new techniques, trying new bases. My passion for color and my need to experiment grows with each passing week.

And this spring, Murky Depths Dyeworks was born. I’m currently stocking seven bases, with new colors and bases coming all the time. I’d like to introduce you to just a few:

Deep Sock: 80% Superwash Merino/20% nylon, a soft, springy 2-ply yarn with great stitch definition. Next-to-skin softness makes it perfect for garments and added nylon makes it suitable for socks and other hard wearing items.

Harbour Singles Fingering: 100% Superwash Merino, a tightly twisted single with a soft halo and slight sheen.

Triton MCN DK: 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% nylon, because a little Cashmere makes everything better! This one is so soft and squishy, I can barely keep my hands off it.

Sanctuary Worsted: 100% Merino. While Superwash wool has its place, I knew I wanted to go with an untreated base for this. Nothing beats the cozy softness of a warm sweater, hat or pair of mittens when the winter winds are blowing.

I look forward to sharing more of my passion in the weeks and months to come.

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