Sarah, Plain and Tall speaks movingly about what it means to belong to a family and to survive, day-to-day, as a family. This idea of family and home is one that runs through all of our books this year, and it's a theme I love to revisit over and over again.
In her Newbery Medal acceptance speech, author Patricia MacLachlan explains that unspoken words often create the most powerful aspects of a book. Indeed, Sarah is a quiet woman who shares her time, her interests, and her love, but she keeps her thoughts to herself. Sarah speaks with silence and makes her actions more meaningful than words.
Sarah was my color inspiration: quiet, perhaps a bit plain (interpreted here as neutral) and deceptively powerful.
Color notes (clock-wise from bottom left to top right)
• Sarah's Sea is a purple leaning grey, speckled with platinum and hope.
• Moon Snail is a cool blue speckled with green ocean depths, and starlight. I fell in love with this color so much, this color became part of my Rhinebeck palette.
• Seal is a reddish-purple grey. Like Seal the cat, this colorway can be finicky, sometimes leaning pink, sometimes leaning grey.
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.