We have had the best time collaborating with Karin Maag-Tanchak to create a palette of color that makes the most of Norah Gaughan’s extraordinary cable projects in Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 9: Revolution.
Truly exquisite, available only here at MDK, this palette of nine shades is the stuff of sweatery dreams. Merino wool superwash, in a DK weight.
Pine Forest, Ballet, Geranium, Hydrangea, Olive, Dove, Bisque, Beaujolais, and Cadet.
These are all colors we landed on because each will be a beautiful sweater.
It all started when Melanie Falick, the creative director and editor of the Field Guides, created the palette for Field Guide No. 9. One of our favorite days is whenever Melanie sends us her latest color ideas. (She writes about her process in “Picking Colors: My Very Unscientific Process.”)
This palette was created with the idea that these colors are to be used for Norah Gaughan’s dazzling cable designs.
Karin started work, and the goal was to arrive at the subtle tonal color that is a signature of Periwinkle Sheep—colors with a lot of life in them, but not too busy.
Calligraphy Cardigan, in the PERIWINKLE SHEEP shade Hydrangea.
Karin has been a knitter since second grade, and in the past has owned a local yarn shop. Maybe that’s why her Periwinkle Sheep yarns are so special: she knows what a knitter wants.
Karin dyes her yarns in small batches, in her studio in Albany, New York. The result of considerable back-and-forth experimentation, Periwinkle Sheep Merino DK features that thing we love about hand-dyed yarns: the color shifts, ever so subtly, so that the cablework in the Field Guide No. 9 designs really shines.
And—especially important when choosing a yarn for a sweater project—she dyes with great care to create skeins that can be knitted into a sweater with confidence that the color shifts will be harmonious.
We love them all. Thank you, Karin!