The Wind in the Willows is a gentle tale of friendship, adventure and forgiveness. My favorite character is Mole, who goes on such a grand adventure but, in the end, aches for home. Mole touches that part in all of us that longs for friendship and belonging, and he finds it in Rat, Otter, and Badger. How lovely it is to have friends you can trust, depend on, and turn to in times of trouble.
My Wind in the Willows palette brings to life several key moments in the book:
Color notes (clock-wise from top center)
• River Bank is a cool blue, almost grey, with tiny speckles of marsh grass and moss. I knit a Winterfell cardigan out of River Bank on my Merino Sport base (pictured here).
• Dulce Domum is a soft warm yellow, like the warmth of returning home after a grand adventure. It's sweet honey and candlelight.
• Mr. Toad is a marshy green that leans just a tiny bit brown. There are speckles of marsh grass and moss to coordinate with River Bank, and layers of, well, toad green.
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 House Blend no. 2. 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. Dulce Domum will also start to lean peach (see 3rd photo).
• 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.