Playing with colour

Don't forget! There's an Etsy Update on Sunday! Read all about it in yesterday's post, but here are the pertinent details: 

There will be an Etsy update on Sunday, March 6th at 12pm (noon) EST.

You can find the shop here, it will appear empty until exactly 12pm EST on Sunday at which point it will magically become full of yarn! All of the yarn in this update is ready to ship and I hope to have it in the mail within a week.

Since the Sustainable Merino yarns are not superwash, they require a different treatment than the yarns that we're used to. The dye and the application is the same (sort of - our application methods are kind of made up and differ from one colour to the next) but the way the untreated yarns accept the dye - the rate at which the dye is absorbed and the way the colours blend - is very different than the superwash yarns we're used to working with. Dyeing these yarns was initially quite frustrating. We're so accustomed to dyeing our regular line of yarns that transitioning to something so different really threw us for a loop. The real challenge was that we were struggling to achieve colourways that we felt represented TFA. Light and faded greys and browns can be beautiful, but on their own it's not really what TFA is all about... If we weren't able to achieve the types of colours that I'd want to knit with myself, then we weren't going to feature the yarn at all. Thankfully we persevered, adapted our methods and were able to develop a selection of colourways that represent everything I love! Pretty pastels (I'm so in to pastels these days) bright and bold, rich and earthy. Good news for all of us!

As I was photographing these colourways for Sunday's update I couldn't help but group some of my favourites together for a few glamour shots. 

 lagoon, seabreeze, mint, chris grey, rose grey, rhubarb, apricot.

lagoon, seabreeze, mint, chris grey, rose grey, rhubarb, apricot.

This pastel scheme is the one that I grabbed first. The new mint, rhubarb and apricot colourways were begging to be put together!

 natural, birch, coppertone, brick.

natural, birch, coppertone, brick.

I know I just said that I wanted bright pops of colour, but these more natural shades really shine in this yarn. Wouldn't this scheme make the best striped sweater?

 chartreuse, lucky sprout, slate, ravine, truffle.

chartreuse, lucky sprout, slate, ravine, truffle.

This one I love. It reminds me of the greens palette I put together for the Vector Scarf Kits a while back. That bright Chartreuse juxtaposed with the rich Ravine and Truffle gets a thumbs up from me. 

 plum, haze, ravine, mallard, chartreuse, birch.

plum, haze, ravine, mallard, chartreuse, birch.

This one is begging to be a blanket. Somebody make that happen, ok? Taking pictures of yarn lined up in rainbows is probably the best part of my job. Thanks for letting me share. ;)

Happy Friday!