• Potluck yarn

    Cheryl Potter is the founder and Master Dyer of Potluck Yarn, and the morning that I left Vermont she was getting yarn ready for the Rhinebeck Festival.  She dyes every skein of Potluck Yarn herself, and although it is done on a massive scale, every batch is individual and special.  Watching her work was amazing.  In the time I took to dye ONE of my skeins, she produced hundreds of beautiful colorways.

    There were some boxes just SITTING there, filled with colorways for Spring 2014.  Cheryl gave me permission to share a photo.  They are stunning.

    I mentioned in the last post that my first attempt at dying reminded me of Dreaming of Shetland, which is the colorway Cheryl did as a fund-raiser for Deborah Robson.  When I got home, I pulled out a skein and compared the two.  They do look a lot alike.  But, Cheryl taught me that you can’t really tell what a hand-dyed skein is really like until you unwind it to see where the colors lie.  So, here is a photo of that, too.  I think my subconscious was definitely at work, here!

    Dreaming of Shetland by Potluck yarn, on top.  Anne's skein on the bottom.  I think I am going to have a pair of socks to go with my Dreaming of Shetland shawl!

    Dreaming of Shetland by Potluck yarn, on top. Anne’s skein on the bottom. I think I am going to have a pair of socks to go with my Dreaming of Shetland shawl!

    Potluck yarn on top, my skein on the bottom.

    Potluck yarn on top, my skein on the bottom.

    Colorways for Spring 2014

    Colorways for Spring 2014

    Cheryl Potter, working several batches at once

    Cheryl Potter, working several batches at once

    Potluck yarn, taking a bath

    Potluck yarn, taking a bath

    Piles of yarn waiting for dye

    Piles of yarn waiting for dye

    adding the dye and submerging the yarn

    adding the dye and submerging the yarn