"They said "How long can you hang around?"
I said a week maybe two
Just until my skin turns brown
Then I'm going home to California,
California I'm coming home"
'California', Joni Mitchell, 1971
California gets a few mentions in Joni's songs and also features in her artwork significantly too. Listening to the song 'California', from which the lyrics above are taken, I was inspired to create a warm colourway celebrating her love of this patch of earth, the tan of her skin and wood of her guitar.
Small batch hand-dyed.
This page is where you can pre-order any quantity of the colourway 'California' on your base of choice.
Choose your base and how you would like it presented. For all bases except for the Corriedale Top please choose either 'skein' or 'cake' and for the Corriedale Top please select 'N/A'. If you choose to have your yarn sent to you in a cake there is a fee of $5 per cake. Once your yarn is caked it is not refundable so please choose carefully :)
Please note that this page is for pre-orders only. If you would like to check out what is currently in stock to buy now, please pop over here and have a happy peruse.
Colours will vary depending on the base and whether or not it is superwash. There is to be expected a smaller degree of variation between skeins of the same base as that is the nature of a hand-dyed product. I have attempted to show the colourways as accurately as possible in the corresponding photographs but some variety is normal between batches and of course when viewing on a screen.
Photographs will correspond to the base selected. If no photo is available yet of this colourway on your chosen base a picture of the undyed base will appear instead.
Use these images as a guide and feel free to contact me with any questions.
12ply Baby Alpaca NSW : 100% Peruvian Baby Alpaca. 100m per 100g
12ply Merino SW : 100% Superwash Merino, 100m per 100g
8ply Corriedale SW: 100% Superwash Manawatū (NZ) Corriedale, 188m per 100g
8ply Corriedale NSW: 100% Non-Superwash Manawatū (NZ) Corriedale, 197m per 100g
8ply Silk/Merino : 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Silk, 212m per 100g
8ply Merino/Silk/Yak : 60% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Yak, 212m per 100g
8ply Merino SW : 100% Superwash Merino, 225m per 100g
8ply Bluefaced Leicester SW : 100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester, 225m per 100g
5ply Bluefaced Leicester SW : 100% British Bluefaced Leicester, Sport weight. 262m per 100g
5ply Silk/Merino : 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Silk, Sport Weight. 300m per 100g
Merino Singles SW : 100% Superwash Merino, Single ply. 366m per 100g
4ply Silk/Merino : 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Silk, 400m per 100g
4ply Corriedale SW : 100% Superwash Manawatū (NZ) Corriedale, 415m per 100g
4ply Corriedale NSW : 100% Non-superwash Manawatū (NZ) Corriedale, 415m per 100g
4ply Merino SW : 100% Superwash Merino, 450m per 100g
2ply Silk : 100% Fine Mulberry Silk, 350m per 50g
2ply Ultrafine Merino NSW : 100% Non-superwash ultrafine (17.5 micron) Merino, 800m per 100g
2ply Silk/Mohair : 72% Fine Kid Mohair, 28% Silk, 420m per 50g
Merino Cobweb SW : 100% Superwash Cobweb-Weight Merino. 1200m per 100g
Corriedale Top : 100% Manawatū Corriedale fleece for spinning or felting, 100g
Please visit here for a more detailed description of each base.
The time between ordering your yarn and receiving it can vary from 2 - 8 weeks depending on whether I have the base in stock or if I need to order it. I will contact you to let you know if I think your order is going to take more than 4 weeks.
Please read my policies section here before placing your order.
Small batch, hand-dyed yarn from my little studio in Lower Hutt, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Everything, from sourcing the yarn to packaging it and shipping it to you, is done with love and care by hand. The nature of hand-dyed yarn is that no two skeins are exactly the same, creating beautifully nuanced colourways. I advise alternating skeins while knitting with any hand-dyed yarn for consistency.
I source finest quality, fully traceable and mulesing-free, ethically, sustainably farmed yarns from New Zealand and abroad. My Merino comes from New Zealand and/or South America and my Silk comes from Indonesia. All other countries of origin are specified in the yarn descriptions.
The dyes I use are made in Australia and New Zealand. They are acid dyes that are used for dyeing protein-based fibre (such as wool and silk). I take every care to use only the quantities necessary to create my colourways so I can fully exhaust the dyebath.