Named for poet Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman is my spring palette for 2020.
When I created this palette (originally released at Stitches West in February), I envisioned a much different year than it's become. And yet, somehow, the feeling of this collection holds true. It's full of hope, a belief in brighter days ahead, and honor for the powerful women writers and thinkers who illuminate dark times.
This color palette brings to life the feeling of thinking differently about what it means to be a woman. It says: stand in your truth and hold fast to hope.
You can preorder any of these colors on any base between May 7 and May 31, and your order will ship in 4 to 6 weeks, sooner if I can.
Color notes (clock-wise from top)
• Phenomenal Woman is a soft mauvey pink. It's unabashedly feminine: soft and yet with a core of cool resolve.
• On the Pulse of Morning is the soft yellow of breaking dawn, with speckles of bronze and fiery orange.
• I Dissent is a deep, cool grey with undertones of wine and the very tiny random speckle of dark chocolate.
• Blue Christmas is the connection of ice and pine, a pale cool blue-green, speckled with forest green and grey starlight.
• Garcia Girls is a deep green-leaning teal, colored like the Caribbean Sea that surrounds the Dominican Republic.
• Jo March is a rich, dreamy purple, with splashes of navy blue ink stains.
Seven bases (from lace to fingering to sport to DK weight).
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
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
House Sock ($28)
90% superwash Targhee wool, 10% nylon
465 yards | 115g
Smooth Sock ($28)
80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
400 yards | 115g
Winter Sock ($32)
55% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 20% kid mohair
438 yards | 100g
Merino Sport ($30)
100% superwash merino
328 yards | 100g
Merino DK ($30)
100% superwash merino
231 yards | 100g
Hand wash, air dry
Finished projects knit with my yarn should be hand washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse, even superwash yarns. 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.
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.
So soft and squishy and the color palette is glorious. My bff and I are going to knit this up together in a few weeks, need to get a couple projects off the needles first, talk about motivation!
I ordered I dissent and On the Pulse of Morning for my shawl and am not disappointed at all. The yarn feels incredible and the colors are crazy beautiful! I cannot wait to start this project!!
This is my first big yarn order from Anne and I am quite happy. The colours are lovely, and due to a dye pot going rogue, I have a glorious OOAK I dissent skein. I'm already plotting what big shawl fade i can make with the lovely blues from this package. 💙
I purchased house base no. 2 in Blue Christmas. I couldn't be happier. It is more gorgeous in person, and so soft. The cute packaging was an added bonus. Excellent customer service.