One more sleep before the new collection is launched, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Why Spring Cleaning?
The inspiration behind this collection is perhaps not as romantic as the previous one, but that’s not to say it doesn’t come with a purpose!
We had a week of perfect spring weather after Anya and I returned back from Cyprus, and then it was back to winter again. The thing about winter in the city is that it never stays pretty for very long. Snow usually turns into slush, puddles at every street crossing, and icy sidewalks. Being cooped up in a tiny NYC apartment, after enjoying a month of beautiful weather in Cyprus, was a tough adjustment. All of a sudden I felt claustrophobic in my own home, and all I wanted to do was clean and make room for a fresh new start.
This desire to clean may have seeped through my work as well. Part of the reason I love natural dyeing is that I get to waste less by using things I would’ve otherwise thrown away. When I was getting ready to dye this collection, I had a freezer full of avocado pits, onion skins, citrus peel and more, some leftover from as far back as Thanksgiving. Additionally, because nothing should go to waste, I also had various dye baths kept from previous experiments. So, in my cleaning frenzy, I made a decision to dye an entire collection using only things I had at home, and to do some spring cleaning in the process!
And, because natural dyeing is pure magic, the resulting array of colors is the most perfect way to welcome spring. Hence the name Spring Cleaning!
As with all of our yarns, each skein is hand dyed using only natural extracts and/or plants. Here’s a list of the ingredients used to dye this collection:
- Aluminum sulfate (for mordanting)
- Iron powder
- Quebracho rojo
- Onion skins (both yellow and red)
- Avocado skins and pits
- Citrus peel (oranges, mandarins, lemons…)
Due to the nature of these ingredients (season, where they came from, etc), most of the new colorways won’t be repeatable, at least not exactly. So, if you like something, you should snag it before someone else does!
The shop update is scheduled for Friday, April 7th, at 1pm EDT. See you there, friends!