The Rhinebeck 2019 palette | all bases

  • My first Rhinebeck, the famous New York Sheep and Wool festival where tens of thousands of knitters gather each year at the very peak of autumn, was in 2013. That year, as I walked into the fairgrounds, I remember feeling my heart swell as I looked around and felt, maybe for the first time in my life, that these are my people. I am home. It was a confluence of my two great loves: a perfect golden autumn and the power of making.

    This color palette brings to life the incomparable wonder of connecting with people who understand you deeply, whether it is at Rhinebeck, in your knitting circle, or at home with Ravelry friends you may never have met in person.

    Color notes (clock-wise from top left)

    Dutchess is a regal pinurple, bright and warm with random dots of bronze and apple cider.

    Moon Snail is a gentle purple-leaning light blue with speckles of sea green and steel blue.

    Cider Donuts is the color of apple cider, with tiny speckles of cinnamon and nutmeg.

    Firelight is the warm flickering flames of a fire in the fireplace and the changing color of autumn leaves, with the tiniest hint of cinnamon and persimmon speckles.

    Hudson is a deep blue-grey, not navy and not grey but somewhere between the two, with gentle speckles of steel blue.

    Available on
    Six 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
    1-ply construction

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

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

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

    Merino Sport
    100% superwash merino
    328 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Merino DK
    100% superwash merino
    231 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, 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.


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.

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