Book Yarn, Part VII

And now, Saffron Dyeworks.

I discovered Saffron Dyeworks when I was sourcing yarns for the first volume of Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet.  I fell promptly in love and am still helplessly smitten today.  The Polypodium vulgare socks, from Saffron Dyeworks’ tush are some of my very favorites from that book (shhh, don’t tell the others, they’ll be jealous).  I was delighted to have the chance to work with them again.

On the right is Pali Sport in the color Blue Greyonyx.  This 3 ply superwash merino yarn is somehow more than the sum of its parts.  It’s not an unusual fiber or an unusual construction, but something about it (maybe it’s the Saffron Dyeworks colors) just makes it marvelous.  It makes grand socks, but would work equally well for just about anything you can imagine.

On the left is Mica DK in the color Ginger Snap.  My fondness for 50/50 wool silk blends is no secret, and this yarn is a perfect demonstration of why they’re such a delight to work with.  The silk gives it sheen, the wool gives it bounce, and the combo just works beautifully.  I used it for the Polypodium vulgare cowl last time, and I knew I had to use it again here.

Book Yarn, Part IV

Ok, that’s it.  I’ve decided the universe is conspiring against me in an attempt to teach me patience.  I’m going to take another approach.  There is no big shiny thing I’m waiting to tell you.  That was all in my head.  I was having a hallucination.  Really, carry on, nothing to see here.  I shall just push ahead with my other planned blather.  And if the big shiny thing happens to come along later…well, then I’ll let you know about it then.  In the meantime, more yarn.

On the left is Saffron Dyeworks in Mica in the color Botanical.  It’s a 50/50 silk merino blend in a nice sturdy dk weight.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s absolutely luminous in person.  It is also the softest thing you will ever feel.  It absolutely begs to be knit into something snuggly for wearing right up against your skin.  I’d swear it was cashmere if I didn’t know better.

On the right is Saffron Dyeworks in Tush in the color New Growth.  It’s an 80/10/10 merino cashmere nylon blend and just a tiny bit heavier than your standard sock yarn.  It, too, has a wonderfully saturated color.

This book is my first chance to work with Saffron Dyeworks, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to get to know DeAnna and her yarn.  Both her color sense and her enthusiasm are amazing.  Working with her has been a complete delight.