As a girl, I loved The Island of the Blue Dolphins.It helped shape my love of the outdoors. Today, though, I read it with a painful heart. The words that comforted and inspired me also hurt young children of color in my very same classroom because the book perpetuates harmful stereotypes about Native Americans.
I chose to keep this book in my line-up for 2019 as an opportunity to learn together. The core story — of a woman alone on one of the Channel Islands — is actually true. But, Scott O'Dell's novel perpetuates old tropes of the “noble savage” and “last Indian.” Scholar Debbie Reese and her blog American Indians in Children’s Literature has excellent resources to learn more.
For these colorways, I chose to use the setting of California's Channel Islands as my inspiration. I fell in love with the Shining Waters colorway so much that it's become part of my regular line-up and is now in my Avonlea collection.
Color notes (clock-wise from the 10:00 position)
• Night Sea is a cool deep purple, a bit mysterious and enchanting.
• Abalone has layers of pink and coral, grey shimmers and opalescent pearl.
• Shining Waters leans a bit aqua, both blue and green with speckles of fresh grass and coppery bronze.
This is a pre-order, which means that I'll dye your yarn after you've ordered. I've set aside time in my January dye schedule and estimate that your yarn will ship in about 4 weeks, but please give me a bit of a buffer to allow for shipping delays from the mill and/or rainy weather here in San Francisco (which impacts how quickly yarn can dry).
How the colors will vary on different bases
The pictured colorways are dyed on Smooth Sock. The dye formula looks a little different on each base, so let me tell you what to expect:
• House Blend no. 2: Colors will be a tiny bit softer and more glossy.
• House Sock: Colors will be softer and more matte.
• Smooth Sock: Colors mostly as pictured.
• Winter Sock: Colors will be lighter and softer.
• Merino Sport and Merino DK: Colors will be more saturated.
• Mohair Lace: Colors will be much darker, with a core of white silk running through. It's an interesting and lovey effect.
Mohair Lace ($30)
72% kid mohair, 28% silk
459 yards | 50g
House Blend no. 2 ($33)
70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
400 yards | 115g
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.