A Knitter’s Haven, Downeast
So, dearfriends, I have been chatting with the fabulous Jackie over at Swan’s Island Yarns (www.swansislandblankets.com), and she invited me up for a tour of their dyehouse. In typical Alicia fashion, I excitedly accepted prior to, oh, mapquesting it or planning it much. The drive was about 2 hours and 45 minutes up the coast! (with both girls in tow)…but so worth it!
Tucked away from the hustle and touristry of Camden lies Northport–and the Swan’s Island Dyehouse. Everything happens right here: the hand weaving of those goorrrrrgeous blankets (oh, you have no idea how I COVET one!)
The all natural dyeing of the skeins, (all organic dyes! Indigo, cochineal, madder…)
Their colorways are all so timeless, and remind me of home. I love the beautiful stillness that the colors embody. I used their natural blends in fingering weight for an upcoming pattern, Ahull:
Jackie was telling me how everything here is done by hand, pretty much. The skeining, boxing, and even selecting of skeins to fill orders. If the yarn doesn’t make the cut, it gets sold at a discount out front as “reject yarn”
And now–there’s so much beauty here,I’m just going to BARRAGE you with pictures. Becauseinallhonestymyspacebaronlyworksifyouslamit, andmyfingershurt.