November news

Hi folks!  It’s been a long time since I introduced myself; I’m Marit, the dyer behind gobsmacked yarn.  The daughter of a librarian and an engineer, I’m something of a hypothesis muppet: I’m always asking “What if…?” 

Marit, a white woman with very short hair, stands in front of a whiteboard that says "Hypothesis Muppet." She's grinning hugely and proudly holding a skein of gradient yarn.
This is me at Dye Camp almost a decade ago, brain fizzing with ideas; I’m holding the first-ever prototype gobsmacked gradient. (Photo: Kim McBrien Evans)

I learned to dye yarn in 2012, at indigodragonfly‘s Dye Camp, and I’ve been experimenting and playing in the dye pots ever since. I’ve developed some unusual dyeing techniques that result in one-of-a-kind dappled gradients, full of lively colours that shift with every stitch.

Two gobsmacked yarn cakes sit on a black background. One is teal green to yellow; the other is cobalt blue to bright magenta.
Each gobsmacked gradient results from its own unique blend of skilled technique and serendipity in the dye pots.

After more than 15 years in Ontario, I’ve recently relocated to Sackville, New Brunswick, where my wife lives.  Sackville is in Mi’kma’ki (the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people), right on the Bay of Fundy, with its famously high tides and sweeping salt marshes.  I’ve been finding the colours of the landscape really inspiring, and am learning to embrace some of the murkier colours.  Don’t worry– I still love bright, jewel-toned gradients and rich oil-slick colours!  But I’ll also be introducing some new small-batch tonals in the new year, inspired by the complicated cusp colours of the mud, the tides, the marshes, and the blueberry fields.

Low tide exposes the wet mud of the banks of the Tantramar River, which slope down to a narrow channel of muddy water. The blue of the sky is reflected in the mud, creating a complicated mix of brown, lavender, and blue.
I’m fascinated by the strange colours of the wet mud and muddy water of the Tantramar River. The proportions of browns, blues, and purples shifts constantly depending on the time of day, the clouds, and the tide. (Photo: Marit Munson)

There’s a lot happening in the coming days; here are a few highlights:

Digits & Threads holiday gift guide

I’m pleased to say that gobsmacked is included in Digits & Threads’ new holiday gift guide.  Digits & Threads is an online magazine focused on Canadian fibre and textile arts; this week, they’re releasing a gift guide to help folks in Canada find local (or local-ish) fibre-related businesses to support.  If you’re in the US or elsewhere in the world, you might still want to take a look– there are a lot of great fibre and textile folks in the guide, plus Digits & Threads’ articles cover important issues like accessibility and highlight artists you’ll want to know.

Heart & Pocket Revue

I’m so pleased to have an in-person show on my calendar!  The Heart & Pocket Revue is a lovely curated art and craft market in Sackville, NB, on Saturday, 20 November.  It’s at the Legion Hall (15 Lorne St.), from 10am to 4pm.  Covid protocols will be in place (currently, proof of vaccination & masks required).  Accessibility: The Legion Hall has a level entryway, with a flight of stairs (handrails on both sides) to the show location on the second floor; a wheelchair-accessible elevator is available by asking an event volunteer.  Washrooms include women’s, men’s, and a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible one-person bathroom.

Online update

The next online update will be on Friday, 3 December at 4pm Atlantic Standard Time (= 3pm Eastern/ Toronto/ New York).  This update will feature laceweight gradients, mostly in BFL/ silk lace and a super-luxurious camel/ silk lace.  I’ll also have a bunch of merino fingering doubles (a single gradient dyed over two 100g cakes of 2-ply fingering-weight merino), plus more gradients in Four Quarter and in silky yak DK.  Details of all of these bases are available here; an overview of the update process is here.

Jasmine cowl pattern release

Check out the Jasmine cowl from Aklori Designs! Lori’s new pattern uses a gobsmacked DK gradient striped against a contrast colour; add in the gorgeous stitch texture of Tunisian crochet and I’m smitten!  If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet, be sure to check out Lori’s tutorials for beginners.

A crocheted cowl lies on a wooden floor; the cowl has grey stripes on a blue gradient, with a highly textured surface.
Jasmine Cowl, by Aklori Designs (photo courtesy Aklori Designs).

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