Wuthering Heights is a different type of book for me and for this subscription. It's not from the young adult genre, and is a firmly gothic novel written in the Victoria era. As such, it draws from religiously-rooted views of good and evil. And yet, the book touches me deeply in ways that feel congruent with our other reads from 2019.
There is a deep sense of place, a love of the outdoors and the wildness of the moors, and a longing for home and belonging. Emil Bronte beautifully juxtaposes themes of judgment versus pity, love and obsession, and violence and revenge.
For the color palette, I leaned into the parts of the book I love the most: the wildness of the moors, the natural world, and the love story.
Color notes (clock-wise from top center)
• Yorkshire Moors is a rich, deep, warm green.
• Heathcliff is a complex dark grey, with hints of the green moors and darkest nights. It's a moody and broody colorway, much like Heathcliff himself.
• Cathy is a warm rose, at times pink and other times coral, like the flush of Cathy's cheeks after a day spent outside, or the rosy pout of her lips.
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.