There is such great joy for dyers (at least this one) in creating something new. When you have repeatable colors (some folks don't bother, but that's a place I can't imagine going) you get really familiar with the formulas for the most popular ones. Even the process of creating something beautiful, when repeated often enough, becomes a little boring. My favorite part of studio time is when I have a mandate for a new store color or a new project idea and I get to test and play with various dyeing ideas. Black Trillium Fibres began as a experiment, and we spent several years building a repertoire of repeatables from hundreds of one-of-a-kinds (OOAK). Now that we have hundreds of repeatables, it can't hurt to revisit taking a moment of inspiration and putting it to yarn without the stress of making it fit a formula.
Our Limited Edition Gradients and Color Packs fill that space between chaotic uniqueness and dependable standard. Once a month we'll be releasing a limited quantity of new yarn kit that will probably have a relationship to the time of year it is released. We'll be taking advantage of the yarn we have on hand (from lace to super bulky, depending on the time of year) so kits will vary from month to month in their yardage, fiber content, price and suggested gauge. Right now we plan to add two new kits per month, and it just so happens that September's kits are now available.
Electric Dempsey: Originally dyed as part of our Spectrum Gradients series from 2013-14, this kit is a wonderfully bright range beginning in the lime green arena and ending in watery cobalt blue. With this kit you're getting 10 one-third skeins of Pebble Sock. Pebble Sock is our sumptuous 100% Merino 2 ply fingering weight that has 380 yards per 100 grams and a suggested gauge of 24 to 28 stitches per four inches on a US 0 to 2 needle. Each color is approximately 33g and 126yds, and the total kit size is 330 grams and 1260 yards.
Frank-it-Up: Inspired by those unbearably cute and bright school products of the 80's, this perfectly in-your-face-see-it-from-space kit is just the right size for a cheerful larger cowl or shawl. Frank is seven of our regular colors dyed on Pebble Sock, so you get a 1/3 skein each of Inkwell, Wonderland, Marcia, Lightning Bug, Good Egg, Tang & Cerise. Pebble Sock is our sumptuous 100% Merino 2 ply fingering weight that has 380 yards per 100 grams and a suggested gauge of 24 to 28 stitches per four inches on a US 0 to 2 needle. Each color is approximately 33g and 126yds, and the total kit size is 230g and 882 yards.
With any limited release, there's going to be questions about restocking. We'd like to keep the magic in this project and stay away from repeats too much, so for this project I'm going to say right now that we won't be restocking previous month's colors. I'm not going to rule out redyeing a really popular kit on another base yarn down the road, especially if it fits the season. But if you see one you really like, immediate action is your best recourse. If you'd like advanced notice of each release, please make sure your email address is up-to-date on our newsletter.
Alright, wooley friends, October is just over a week away. We have just a couple skeins left to dye for our next fun collection, and lots of prep, and we better get to it!
Filed under: Gradient Yarn.