I discovered Local Color Fiber Studio on a recent Woolful podcast, and was thrilled to be able to order a wide variety of their yarn colors. LCFS is a small, indie dyer on beautiful Bainbridge Island, and they use only natural products to dye their yarns. The resulting colors are soft and peaceful, yet still vibrant and colorful (if that isn’t too much of a contradiction And, they source their yarns from Oregon-based Imperial Yarn – another company known for its sustainable practices.
I purchased LCFS’s worsted wool yarn in just about every color option available (give or take a few), and then used the new Talamu pattern from Quince & Co to create three color-family shawls, with a skein of undyed yarn from LCFS for the eyelet rows in between. I knit on US 7s, which produced a dense but not unduly stiff finished texture and feel. In order to get a little more even distribution of color, I knit a few more rows for the first color block, and a few less for the last, but other than those minor modifications, I stuck with the pattern.
After completion, I soaked the shawl in cool water with some Eucalan – I did get some color bleed, but it didn’t have any lasting negative effects – and then blocked the shawl. I love how it feels – very springy and wooly, but still snug around my neck. Lately, I’ve been moving away from yarn with a really soft hand – it feels wonderful, but it doesn’t last very long before it pills, or dulls, or gets a little matted. The more “authentic” wool yarns might not feel as soft, but they are durable and long-lasting, and I love how they show stitch definition and how warm and substantial they feel.
Here’s the first completed shawl, in four shades of indigo blue: