I started dyeing stuff back in grad school, in the late 80’s/early 90’s at Rutgers U, where I was a costume and set design grad student. We had a huge dye vat, and one of my favorite things was dumping assorted fabric items into pools of color and watching them metamorphose.
Except for that one time that someone was drying white shirts with a fan blowing on them in the same room as the dye and I happened to open a can of scarlet… little red dots all over the shirts. It was like a scene from I Love Lucy, but with lots of red dye.
So I had played with dyeing yarn all through the 90’s and into the 2000’s, but it wasn’t until 2013 that I seriously began thinking of dyeing my own colors. Specifically, I wanted more yellow (it was always so hard for me to find…) and I wanted really beautiful colorways in superwash wools.
And, let’s be honest, you can design 10 patterns and not earn as much as you could net in one nice yarn sale.
Time Lord Gradients
When Kathleen and I began ModeKnit Yarn in Oct 2013, figuring colorways was pretty easy. Her background was in jewelry, so using semi-precious colors was a nice segue into a brilliant palette.
We began adding colors with our No Spoilers series, the most recent of which are gradients based on Dr. Who. I like to think I’ve actually come up with these Time Lord Gradient colors some time in 2018, when a female Doctor finally shows up, but through the magic of the Tardis we’re able to present these three gradient sets to you NOW!
Use the dropdown order form on the right to order your gradient set today! If you start knitting now, you may have a project finished by last May Day!