October 10, 2022 2 min read

A few years ago we hosted Willow Tree Yarns at the shop for a hand-dye class. Everyone had a great time, dyed a skein of their own yarn, and never thought about it again.  Everyone except Nicole Van Kuiken, that is.  I had no idea she'd been bitten by the hand-dye bug, and then the next thing you know, she's bringing in a whole pile of yarns she's dyed up for me to see.  To say that I was impressed would be quite an understatement. 

Nicole's sense of color is outstanding. She's able to re-create an inspiration piece in yarn, and she can tweak a color just so.  But what impresses me the most is her consistency among skeins and even from dye lot to dye lot. It's something I've never seen. Maybe she's just careful, but I think it might have something to do with her background as a chemical engineer.  I'm sure she was the one with the super-detailed lab notebook and straight As. 

Whatever and however, I'm just glad she's doing it.  And I'm especially glad she's exclusive to Crazy for Ewe.  

She and Jenny have been collaborating on colors and bases for our monthly offerings for some time now.  I've kept the orders small, and haven't put the yarn on line, until now that is.  

In addition to our monthly colors, we're planning quarterly themed sock kits with a custom pattern, a themed stitch marker, and more.  I think it will be fabulous.  If you're interested in being in the know on that, sign up for our Sock Knitters' newsletter, a separate mailing just about socks and sock  yarn.  

This month's Tea Time colors are

Jack-o-lantern

Tea time fibers jack-o-lantern colorway, a warm pumpkin spice color

 For this rich, warm pumpkin tonal, Jenny recommends the Little Pumpkins pattern.  The cute pumpkins stitch pattern would show up perfectly in our Jack-o-lantern colorway.

Little pumpkins socks

Witches Stocking

witches stockings sock black and purple striping sock yarn
The Witches Stocking  colorway is aptly named as it's been meticulously dyed to produce a three or four row stripe of black and purple in your socks.   Because this yarn does its own fun striping, Jenny recommends something simple and basic like Vanilla socks

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters sock yarn - pale aqua with tiny speckles

For this ectoplasmic delight, Jenny found the adorable Boo! pattern, a fun toe-up design that uses an easy lace pattern creates adorable tiny ghost designs.  

Boo sock pattern

Aren't they too cute!