A warm welcome to String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns! We are very excited to be carrying these gorgeous yarns, personally hand-dyed by Tanis Williams in her home studio in Blue Hill, Maine. We have the wildly popular, luxurious Caper Sock as well as durable Bluestocking and gorgeous Merino DK (see below for details), all in a glorious rainbow of original colors---and you can bet they will be at our Knit-in-Style Weekend at Mohonk! After that? Only in the store, so come on over to see them in full glory.
As a child Tanis learned knitting and other fiber arts from her talented grandmother and great-aunt, who were serious handcrafters in the Maine tradition, and she spent many a car ride knitting. Tanis later enjoyed a16-year career as a labor and delivery nurse---but when the hospital she worked in closed, she was forced to reassess her life. Ah, fate! Now Tanis’s beloved great-aunt passed away, leaving her boxes of antique lace. What to do? Tanis was determined to start crazy-quilting with it, but she could not find silk in the colors she envisioned, so painted her own. Aha! Fortunately for the world, she tried home-dyeing yarn as well, and liking the results brought some samples to a yarn store a few towns away. Of course they loved it! Tanis opened a yarn store, too, featuring a wide range of yarns. Once she realized people wanted her own yarn more than anything, she phased out the other brands, expanded her own line, and started doing shows and attracting designers.
This year Tanis closed her brick-and-mortar store---but her gorgeous yarns are available at The Yarn Company! Caper Sock is fingering sock weight, 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon, 400 yards per 4-ounce skein, 7 stitches per inch on US #3 needles; also fingering sock weight, 3-ply Bluestocking is 80% Bluefaced Leicester and 20% nylon, 420 yards per skein, 8 stitches per inch on US #1 needles; and soft, 4-ply Merino DK is 100% superwash merino wool, 280 yards per 4-ounce skein, 6 stitches per inch on US #5 needles. Tanis handles every skein herself, with truly small lots, never more than 7.5 pounds. She writes, “My dyeing process is only marginally mechanized---just to lift the wet (heavy) yarn out of the dye bath. The movement of the yarn in the dye bath is done only by me, every time, which is how I achieve the colors and interplay of colors that my customers have come to know and appreciate.” And we do!