Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Magical Dye Pot Series. The premise behind the Magical Dye Pot Series is that sets of 6 colorways are created for larger projects. Within these sets, the colors both coordinate and contrast. So you can order all 6 colorways and create an amazing “fade” project, or you can order any subset of colors from a single set and have colors that work well together within a single project.
Zen Yarn Garden generously offered me my choice of 3 skeins for a project. I chose the “C” series, and skeins C1, C3 and C6 (there are currently 6 series, A through F). All skeins are available on a variety of bases and Zen Yarn Garden dyes all their yarn to order, so your skeins are always made just for you. For this review I received the Superfine Merino Fingering weight base, which is 90% superfine merino/10% nylon and comes in 400 yards/100 gram skeins.
One I had placed my order, I went through my queue on Ravelry to find the perfect 3-color shawl pattern. I settled on Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommer, thinking all that brioche and textured stitching would be a lovely way to showcase the colors I picked.
I have worked with Zen Yarn Garden’s Superfine Merino Fingering base before and I love it. It’s super soft and bouncy and stands up well to being knit and ripped (oops!). This time I was struck by the amazing colors. In my last shawl I knit with two solids and two speckles. This time I had this amazing orange tonal to knit with. I couldn’t even count the shades of orange, red, pink and coral I could see in the yarn. It was super hard to photograph as you can see from the images above. I think the first shots of the yarn and the final shots of the finished shawl are as close to color correct as I can get them.
As I progressed through the pattern I just loved watching the colors play together.
I made very few modifications on this shawl. In fact, the only problem I had was I ran out of that gorgeous orange a few rows too soon and had to cut the final section short and finish the i-cord edgge in the brown (again a gorgeous almost opalescent dyed skein).
I will definitely be purchasing more from Zen Yarn Garden in the future!
A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Magical Dye Pot Yarns (retail: $24.00/skein for a total of $72.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.
Welcome to episode 166! I feel like a week can’t possibly have gone by already because I didn’t get nearly enough knitting done. I have a few WIPs and a finished spin for you this week.
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- In progress: Ten Stitch Twist by Frankie Brown, Opal Advent Calendar
- In progress: Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommer, Zen Yarn Garden Magic Dyepot Series in C-1, C-3 and C-6.
- In progress: Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho, Cozy Colorworks Fingering Weight Merino in Vineyard
- Finished: Spunky Eclectic, Polwarth in Snow Leopard
- On deck: Two if By Hand, BFL in Regeneration