Hello Dear Readers,
As you set your intentions for the new year, may you remember to care for yourself and focus on bringing joy and light into your life as we move into a season of longer days.
Thank you for the support in the releases of our new American Rambouillet yarns - Maven and Elder as well as the new zodiac collection. If you missed any of the Capricorn yarn - fear not, we have restocked! This will remain part of our permanent collection. Eventually, we will have all of the Zodiac signs available.
Join the conversation here-on the blog, and on the Ravelry group. What’s your sign? Are you true to your zodiac? What characteristics of your sign would you most love to see in that colorway? I look forward to your input and inspiration!
You precious Aquarians:
(January 21 - February 18)
You are spontaneous and open minded. This month, your proclivity to think outside of the norm will be in your favor as you use your Aquarius problem solving strength and try a new technique! Have you been avoiding a particularly difficult project? Now is the time to pick it up and watch it take shape. Your playful nature will keep your spirits high as you take on the challenge.
Those of all signs:
Use this sun cycle to maintain your personal growth. The wisdom and knowledge you have can be applied to an existing project that may have previously seemed too hard. Put your hands on it and watch it come together.
This month's Aquarius colorway focuses on the air element of this sign's intelligence, mysteriousness, and stability.
The next thing I want to share is one of one of the wonderful companies that I got to work with in the development of the new Ritual Dyes Yarns, Maven and Elder. You can read more about the yarns on a previous blog post HERE.
Green Matters Natural Dye Company is a company that is committed to the environment and producing a high-quality product. They work with businesses in the textile world to create a pollution free naturally dyed product. Dyer and founder Winona Quigley began applying natural dyes while in school at Parsons the New School of Design. She began Green Matters Dye Company in 2015. We are so fortunate to have a conversation with Winona.
What is the most exciting part of working with companies like Ritual Dyes and developing a new product?
I love working with brands who rely on color to communicate who they are. Rachel and I worked together to fine tune a color palette. We went through a couple rounds of sampling to develop the final color palette. Rachel's attention to detail while pairing colors was really inspiring.
Natural dyeing has come a long way since people's perceived notions of color limitations. What is the biggest challenge about educating consumers about natural dyes?
Natural dye is an organic process. Getting an exact match on a color standard from batch to batch is impossible. We build wonderful relationships with customers who embrace the batch variation. When knitting with naturally dyed yarn, I try to meditate on the unique experience I am having with the color. It is important to remember to get enough yarn from the same batch for a project.
What Rituals do you perform to inspire creativity?
I have a lot of creative mediums that I enjoy, but I am not always good at reminding myself to recharge. Especially in the winter months, a quiet moment with a cup of lavender chamomile tea and my knitting needles is what I need to rejuvenate myself. 2019 is about remember to perform rituals like this everyday.
Thank you, Winona for sharing your glorious wisdom and talent. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work so closely with this woman-owned business in developing a yarn line and palette that we love, and love sharing with our customers.
Where to find Ritual Dyes:
Vogue Knitting Live New York BOOTH# 1015