Latest Knits

A Chat with Erica from In The Deep Hue Sea

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 In honor of my love for indie dyers, each month I’ll be bringing you an inside look at the dyer behind the gloves! In my upcoming book, Knits That Rock: Volume 1, I’m designing each piece using an indie dyer that inspires me! This month, I’ve been knitting with the amazing yarn dyed by Erica Roberts, owner and dyer for In The Deep Hue Sea. Why am I using her yarn for my first project for the book? Because it’s been sitting on my shelf staring at me and begging to be knit with while I finished other commissions! As I’m knitting on projects for clients, I stare at yarn and dream of what the alluring colors can become. It hit me one day and her Charcoal Rainbow set told me exactly what it wanted to be. I’ll have an inside peak at that project next week!   But for today, here is the story behind the dyer! How did you get into dying yarn? I started dyeing yarn when my oldest son was just a baby. I cloth diapered him and LOVED the wool covers and shorts. I taught myself how to knit and then ended up wanting to learn how to dye. I dyed for about 6 years before turning my love for dyeing into a business. Tell me…
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Why go indie?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 So why am I choosing to use only indie dyers? The short answer is – because they are awesome! In truth, I’m just really inspired by the color combinations and techniques that indie yarn dyers create. I also really love supporting small businesses. All of the indie dyers I am working with are the ones sticking their hands into the pots and creating magic with a little water and dye. There is something magical about talking to a dyer and saying, “Can we put a little more pink in and darken the blue?” and then I see a pic and it’s exactly what I imagined. Their ability to manipulate colors is nothing short of spectacular. Most indie dyers also dye on a merino base (yes, there are lots of blends available, but the base is generally merino) and I just love me some merino yarn. It takes color so well and those deep saturated colors make me swoon. I dabbled in a little dyeing myself a couple years ago and it just wasn’t for me. Is it weird to say that I don’t have the patience to stand over a hot pot of water and go through the whole dye process? I mean, I do knit sweaters ONE STITCH AT A TIME like a crazy person! I guess there are just…
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