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Autumn Light

  • Autumn light is one of the reasons I love Rhinebeck so much. The light slanting through red maple leaves is brief, precious and beautiful. But, despite how fleeting autumn light is (or perhaps because of it), I'm always reminded in the fall that for its heartaches and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

    As the centerpiece of my Rhinebeck collection this year, I’ve tried to capture the feeling of autumn light in this skein.

    Color notes
    A rich and layered shade of dark figs and wine, with layers of golden sunshine and faded roses peeking through. It’s speckled with pops of amber, bronze and persimmon.

    Available on
    Six bases (from lace to fingering to sport to DK weight).

    Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • Autumn Light looks beautiful on the following five bases, which are pictured clockwise from top left: Smooth Sock, House Blend no. 2, Merino DK, Winter Sock, and Mohair Lace.

    Smooth Sock ($28)
    80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
    400 yards | 115g
    3-ply construction

    House Blend no. 2
    ($33)
    70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
    400 yards | 115g
    3-ply construction

    Merino DK ($30)
    100% superwash merino
    231 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Winter Sock ($32)
    55% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 20% kid mohair
    438 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Mohair Lace ($30)
    72% kid mohair, 28% silk
    459 yards | 50g
    1-ply construction

    While Autumn Light is not pictured on my Merino Sport base, I'm happy to offer it on this base, and details are:

    Merino Sport ($30)
    100% superwash merino
    328 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

  • Hand wash, air dry

    Finished projects knit with my yarn should be hand washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse. Always air dry to keep your knitwear looking its best.

    Depending on the difference in chemistry between your local water and mine, there may be some color bleeding in the wash process. Washing and rinsing in cold water will help to minimize this. If you prefer to wash your socks in warm water, I recommend adding a color catcher to the wash. You can learn more about how water affects color in this article in the June 2018 issue of Spin Off magazine.

     

Watercolor speckles, dyed by hand in San Francisco

I call my style of hand-dyeing watercolor speckles. Each skein has multiple layers of color that blend, shift and merge, with intentional wee tiny random dots of intense color. When dyeing, I focus on what the final fabric will look like. My goal is a fabric that may look semi-solid from a distance but, when viewed closely, shows a depth of subtle color differences.

There will be variations in color intensity and placement. I think that’s part of what makes each skein perfect – they’re not identical. If you will be using more than 1 skein in your project, alternate skeins to blend any color differences.