We are thrilled to re-open orders for this new yarn from Amor Esperanza Valdez: hand-dyed, 100% superwash extrafine merino singles.
Beginning September 16, we’ll be hosting a knitalong of Amor’s Superscript Shawl, which requires one skein of each of three colors of Raíz.
Please note: Pattern not included. Amor’s pattern for the Superscript Shawl is available now on Ravelry, right here.
Yarn ordered now will ship the week of September 23, at which point you will receive a shipping notification.
We cannot describe this yarn better than Amor, its designer and dyer.
Raíz, which means “root” in my native Spanish, is a 100% superwash extrafine merino. It is a singles spun base that yields a lofty and impressively squishy skein of 435 yards of fingering weight loveliness.
I named this base Raíz because since the beginning of my dyer’s journey I have been drawn to: 1) merino, 2) singles spun, and 3) fingering weight yarns. This combination of characteristics yields a color that is quite unique from plied yarns, in that the colors seem to wrap, rather than sink, deeply around the yarn core creating beautiful layers and depth in everything from solids to variegated colorways. Every new colorplay on this base tickles me to my fiber-loving core.
The custom color palette that I created for MDK revolves around harmonious contrasts. Because the colors emerged in tandem with a shawl design which uses three colors, I was moved to create a palette that would offer triplet color matchings that are at once surprising and yet clearly have charisma.
I was also enchanted by the striking resonance of pastels as pops of color against a strong backdrop of deep, rich colorways. In the stitched landscape of the Superscript Shawl, the pastel is sharp not soft, poignant rather than nondescript. And from these twelve colors you’ll find so many playful possibilities.