My creative process and dye recipe for the latest yarns out of the dye pot, meet Wildflower & Pebble!
Wildflower – I was inspired by the various colors of wildflowers taking over my yard! I am definitely not an expert in plant identification, far from it actually. My knowledge of flowers and plants is basically “ooo, that’s pretty” and “wow, look at those colors.” These wildflowers had earthy toned yellows, purples, blues, and of course the backdrop of greens.
Pebble – I can’t get enough grey hues in my life, apparently. I’ve heard people say grey is so boring, but I couldn’t disagree more! There are many variations that make greys read differently. There are cool tones and warm tones, with hints of other colors that make yarns, especially, almost look completely different when knit together. Pebble was inspired by the gravel that was near the wildflowers I had admired. The pebbles were a sort of lavender-grey or blue-grey when the sun shone on them.
Dye Colors Used
Wildflower is lightly speckled with jet black, periwinkle, and golden ochre and finished with a purple dip. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t looking as I had intended until the very end when it all came together. I am so happy with it!
Pebble is a tonal yarn, dipped in pink and then black. It sounds absolutely bonkers, but I’ll share techniques later. My double-dip method really produces the most beautiful tonal yarns. Pebble is now one of my favorite grey blends.
If you’re curious what yarn base I used, this was an 85/15 superwash luxe merino, nylon blend. It’s a very soft and squishy fingering weight yarn, 100g/400m.
Once these yarns were out of the pot and skeined, I knew they belonged together in a very special project. They found their way into my Wildflower Cottage Cowl pattern and I think they look lovely!
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