NEW YARN: Skein!
Skein Artisan Hand Dyed Yarn and Fibre from Australia has been creating their unique hand-dyed colourways for over a decade now, but has never been available for sale directly in North America before! Baaad Anna’s is proud to bring a trunk show of Kristen’s gorgeous yarns in to our store as one of our premiere new Spring lines!
Hailing from Coff’s Harbour on the north of New South Wales, Skein is a small, independent hand-dyed yarn company with a love of playing with colour on high-quality yarns and fibres. I love Kristen‘s description of the dyeing process:
All of our yarns and fibres are kettle dyed using professional acid-based dyes. These dyes are permanently set by the use of a vinegar mordant and heat. Once the dyes have been fully absorbed and the kettle water is clear, the yarns and fibre are removed, rinsed and washed with a light, phosphate-free wool wash, and then gently spun and hung out to dry under the Australian sun.
You can almost feel the warmth of the Australian sun in that description!
And oh the colours!!! Here is how Kristen describes her technique:
Our dyes are applied in a way that produces variegated colourways with short, random colour repeats which helps to minimise ‘pooling’, producing a fabric which is dappled in colour. We also offer dip-dyed and semi-solid colourways. Speckles and spots of colour may be present in some colourways; this is common with hand-dying and adds to its unique charm. When knitted up, these little pops of colour will add a lovely depth to your knitted fabric.
We brought in two of her most luxurious bases: a merino cashmere nylon fingering weight, and a decadent mohair mulberry silk blend. On route we also have a merino cashmere DK-weight blend that we are seriously excited about as well!
Lastly, we have picked up AN AMAZING sweater kit from Skein for a pattern of Kristen’s own design. A luxerious boxy colourful pullover with a stunning halo, the Salerno is simply a work of art! Her kits (for various sizes) come with 9, 11 and 13 skeins of yarn so are not for the faint of heart, but knitting it is truly a life’s knitted masterpiece. With slipped stitches allowing pops of contrast colours to peek out, and a silky-mohair knit alongside a cleanly twisted fingering weight yarn, it all leads to an visually impactful and pillowy soft knit! And we have three colourways to choose from: the originally misty purple, a turquiose blue, and a neatral with pop; all chosen by the master dyer and pattern designer herself! Thank you Kristen for sharing such talents!
If you’re interested in seeing this gorgeous yarn in person, we will be bringing it to Fibres West next weekend; and otherwise it can be seen at our store or in our Little Virtual Yarn Store (online)!