Thursday, August 16, 2012
The theme of the colour range will reflect and be inspired by the places that we live, work and play here in Otago in the South of New Zealand. The landscape is rich and diverse from mountains, forests, tussock, beaches, lakes and cityscape.
Each skein is is born from 'our place' here in Otago, from the hands that grow, select, grade and handle the alpaca fibre, to the milling, hand dyeing, skeining and labelling and comes with a little flavour of this southern locality.
I regularly pass the little School in the tiny place 'Flagswamp', a little patch of green sports field, cabbage trees and flax right by the main Highway.
'Gimmerburn' - Ruddy faced farmers, weathered by hot summers, the wind and the cold winter tussock. Deep scarlet, orange and purple reds.
These are just a few of the colours with more to come. Most are dyed at 2 -3% colour saturation, your monitor may not reflect the true depth of the colours. The yarns shown here are the Aran weight alpaca and merino, and the 4ply alpaca with merino and nylon. The colours are repeatable and will be available across our yarn range.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Rain, rain and more rain. So in desperation as these skeins just stayed wet I lit up our ancient stove which hides in the corner of the kitchen. It produced a surprising amount of heat and the skeins began to steam and dry nicely.
This is the first batch and there were 2 more rack loads to go. Then off to be reskeined and once I can get outside to photograph our new colourways I'll post them here.
Will post what it is soon.......