I’m so excited to share more information regarding my newest product - A US raised, milled, and dyed wool. This project is very dear to me, and I hope you enjoy my creation. We worked for months perfecting these bases & colorways. I am so happy with the results!
Maven is a fingering weight and Elder is a light-worsted weight. Both are made from US-raised Rambouillet sheep. Each fleece was also milled and dyed in the US. Maven is a bouncy joy to knit with and 265 yards per skein. Elder is a smooshy soft yarn with 190 yards per skeins. My goals were to have a yarn that remains rustic, but retained softness. I think you’ll find Maven and Elder pleasantly bouncy and plump.
The breed that has all of the qualities I was looking for in a wool, is the Rambouillet sheep. The breed is nearly two centuries old. It began as a Spanish Merino breed, but 359 ewes were sold to France in 1736 to improve their native stock. And thus this big, hearty, soft sheep was born! Using local mills, we turned the fleece into a soft yarn great for sweaters, shawls, hats and more. As I move forward with the release, you’ll get to see some of the wonderful things that excellent designers were inspired to create.
Naturally dyed yarns can produce incredible colors, but with limitations. I wanted to use my previous experience with natural dyes and current experience with acid dyes to achieve a gorgeous and inspiring palette. Using madder root, indigo, cochineal and more, I created a range that I believe is subtle and at the same time, not often found within the scope of natural dyes. I couldn’t have done this without the support of Green Matters Dyehouse - their expertise helped my vision come alive.
You can find Maven and Elder at these Flagship stockists:
Tolt Yarn & Wool
My Sister Knits
Starlight Knitting Society
Wool & Honey
We are also so excited to be bringing it to Vogue Knitting Live, New York January 25 - 27, 2019. Please stop by the booth and give this new yarn a squeeze!
I'd love to hear what new things are you up to for 2019! Join the conversation below.
Photo Credit: Myles Katherine