The Art of Being Broken
Divine Fingering

65% Swiss Mountain silk, 35% baby camel

428 yards (391 meters) per 100 grams

7-8 stitches per inch on US 0-3/2.0-3.25 mm

$48 per 100g skein - dyed in a batch of 5 skeins

This batch was inspired, both color and name-wise, by a beautiful succulent growing on the terrace. I can’t tell you its name because I don’t know, but I’m sure you’ve seen one. Deep smoky jade when mature, the leaves emerge an incredible shade of rosy sage. How is that even possible?

The little plant had been neglected, but a wee bit of care and attention caused it to erupt with new growth. It was so pristinely beautiful I put it on the table so as to see it more often. Turns out that was a bad idea.

The cat decided it was a play toy and before I could stop her she’d crawled up next to it, flipped onto her back and clawed all those beautiful new leaves to shreds.

Back it went into its hiding place, and three weeks later it’s mostly recovered. Whilst this yarn doesn’t look exactly like the plant, it has all the same shades, just in different configurations. It’s stunning, and I want to keep it all for myself. But I won’t.

Because of the natural color of the baby camel fiber, which is a very lovely tan, and the high silk content, which adds sheen, this yarn is one of my absolute favorites to dye. You might imagine that already having color on the yarn might pose a problem, but in fact it adds an incredible underlayer to the dye pigment, providing depth and complexity.