We have a new yarn from Kettle Dyed Yarns! LUMEN is locally hand dyed and offered in five beautiful new colors.
LUMEN means light. The season of waning light is upon us and the days are growing shorter and darker. Indirect light in a landscape intensifies color; saturates it, isolates it from shadow. Overcast days light the world from within.
When the sky clears, when the sun or the moon shine on the world from high above, light refracts, bounces. Direct light reveals and conceals details, adds shine and dimension.
I think of the way color saturates good wool, how your eye is drawn in to the twists of the wool instead of resting on the surface. Silk's shine resists introspection and instead creates a surface that dazzles the eye, moving light along it like clear water moving over stones.
LUMEN is shiny and smooth--pure pleasure on the needles. It's a marvelous balance of everything we love about Merino wool and silk.
A fine, four-ply yarn, LUMEN produces a beautiful fabric for shawls and scarves in the 4.75-5.25 stitches per inch range on US 4-5 (3.5-3.75mm) needles. LUMEN is wonderful at a finer gauge for silky soft socks, fingerless mitts or gloves. These numbers are useful as a starting point for your own swatching. Crocheters may wish to experiment with E, F, or G hooks.