"Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain't never had to live on nobody's place but your own and long as I live and the family survives, you'll never have to."
—Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cryby Mildred D. Taylor
Home, family, safety and danger. This moving novel brings to life the racism of Depression era Mississippi, and it also brings to life the joy and connection of the Logan family. More than once, I longed for a family as close as Cassie Logan's, for the mischief and camraderie of Cassie and Little Man, and my heart ached at the injustice of racism which carries through to this day.
For my Roll of Thunder color palette, I aimed to bring to life a type of Depression era fading, like a dusty story coming to life.
Color notes (clock-wise from top center)
• Home is a warm cinnamon, a bit rosy and a bit terracotta, with tiny speckles of earth brown. It reminds me of the smell like cinnamon and nutmeg and fresh muffins out of the oven.
• Embers is a warm, mid-range brown, like the colors of wood in a fire, with speckles of bronze and pecan.
• The Farm is a fresh green like Papa's beloved land, with speckles of growth and ownership.
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.