|Welcome to Mountain Colors Yarn
|Bins by Colorway
When you use the "Showroom" entrance, you arrive in a room of all of the yarns sorted by colorway. Find the colorway you love, and you'll immediately see all of your yarn choices. You'll also find "mill ends" of yarns, priced by the ounce. These are great for colorwork and swatching. Then you come to one of my favorites: "Test Skeins". These are trial runs of future colorways, and are usually done in dye hank sizes (about 4 normal hanks). These are also sold by the ounce, and I find them addicting. I bought three.
|Diana McKay and Leslie Taylor
I was very fortunate that both owners, Leslie Taylor and Diana McKay, were in. I had met Diana in the past, and was delighted to see her again, and to meet Leslie for the first time. We had a lovely chat, and decided to collaborate again on some designs. We're thinking a shrug or similar top, and a Chanel-inspired jacket. These are some of the yarns we're considering (see photo above.)
Here's the process as I understand it: undyed yarn comes in, and is skeined for dyeing. It's sorted into the fiber types to be dyed in a particular color run. Each run could contain half a dozen different types of yarn.
The team mixes up all the colors to be used in today's batch on the hotplates and in the dye bottles. And then it gets messy!
Skein after skein is hand dyed with squirt bottles of dye. Each color is added individually in a prescribed order and pattern to create the exact desired effect on each skein. These dye hanks are then treated with mordant to set the color, rinsed and dried. Then they are broken down into the familiar retail hanks you and I purchase at the store.
I found my Kryptonite on this visit, too. Cashmere Louisa yarn in my favorite colorway ever, Harmony Honey. At $84 a skein, it's something I'd indulge in if I had been very, very good. I decided I had been very, very good. WooHoo!