Warning: this post contains spoilers for the June edition of The Golden Skein!
It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and being the amazing boyfriend that he is, Graeme bought me a quarter’s subscription to The Golden Skein‘s ‘Power of Three’ yarn club. Every three months, they send a pack containing three skeins of yarn from indie dyers and small-scale producers from all over the world, each of which has been inspired from a single seasonal image. As such, all the colourways are entirely unique to the yarn club. Alongside this, The Golden Skein tell you all about how the yarn was produced, including interviews with the dyers and spinners. In short, it’s an absolutely fantastic idea and I was so thrilled to be a member of the club for the summer quarter!
The inspiration for this quarter is this photo, ‘Harvest’ by Lorna Rande. I absolutely love the colours in this image – purple has been a favourite of mine since I was little. The despatch date was 2 June, so I was eagerly anticipating the arrival of my parcel for a fortnight since my birthday, when suddenly on Saturday morning there came a knock at the door… and a shining golden parcel was waiting for me at breakfast! And boy, what amazing goodness waited inside:
This yarn is produced by Desert Vista Dyeworks based in Arizona, USA. It’s Viso fingering weight yarn, and is ideal for socks as it’s composed of 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon. The colourway is called ‘The Fruits of Summer’, which just makes me hum that Don Henley song ‘Boys of Summer’ to myself all the time.
This skein is from Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh, Scotland. The yarn is called Sturdy Splendor 4-ply, and is a blend I’ve never tried before: 75% organic merino and 25% mulberry silk. It’s so gorgeously soft, far too good for anything but the softest and silkiest project, like maybe a shawl or snood to snuggle your chin into. This image isn’t a fantastic representation of the true colourway, called ‘Samhradh’ (Irish and Scottish Gaelic for ‘summer’). It’s actually a lot less ‘hot’ than it looks here, and is a soft, pale pink that will look quite delicate when knitted up into something, perhaps featuring a bit of lace… .
Talking of lace, this is the final skein in this quarter’s selection, from Sparkleduck based in Cambridge, England. The name of this colourway makes me smile every time – ‘Plumbleberry Compote’. It’s a yarn base called Nimbus, and wraps like laceweight with a blend of 60% superwash merino wool, 20% silk, and 20% yak. Yes, yak. Again, this is a blend I’ve never encountered before and I’m so excited to find a gorgeous delicate lace pattern to try this on. It would also make gorgeous delicate mittens, maybe with a little lace pattern around the cuffs… .
As you can tell, I’m having a lot of fun dreaming up what to do with these. Do you have any ideas? I’m open to all suggestions!