Project of the Month: Salerno Sweater
One of our yarn features for Knit City 2019 next weekend will be the amazing Skein Artisan Hand Dyed Yarn and Fibre from Australia! Skein has been creating their unique hand-dyed colourways for over a decade now, but Baaad Anna’s was the first to carry it in North America!
Skein’s founder and dyer is also a talented designer, and we are offering AN AMAZING sweater kit from Skein for a pattern of Kristen’s own design.
The Salerno is a luxurious boxy colourful pullover with a stunning halo, and 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!
Salerno is cosy, top-down sweater that features a relaxed fit around the body and flattering slim-lined sleeves. The fun, woven-stitch pattern used for the body creates little spots of embossed colour that stripe playfully across the fabric.
We will also be bringing all of Kristen’s gorgeous yarns to Knit City and can be found at our booth (#240) at KnitCity on October 5th and 6th!
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 in both a fingering and DK weights, and a decadent mohair mulberry silk blend.
Thank you Kristen for sharing such talents!