I'm proud to say that we have partnered with Saco River Dyehouse to bring our color palettes to life and allow us the time to stay creative on our end. Our goal is to bring you more colors, yarn bases, and designs in addition to making all of it available online for the folks who are sadly unable to visit Tolt Yarn & Wool. I took some great pictures today of our tour of the dye house and our first run of the Raw Palette, a collection of 12 stunning neutrals that we are very proud of, in Big Sister our DK weight and Little Brother our fingering weight. I hope you enjoy the photos!
Welcome to the gigantic buildings of the old textile mill in Biddeford.
One of the first machines we were introduced to was this beast that takes the cones of yarn and turns them into lovely skeins that can be dyed.
Here we have the machine skeining away. What was even more impressive though was the sweet lady who ran it and was able to tie off the skeins at lightning speed.
Our yarn anxiously waiting on beautifully worn wood poles that I wanted to take home.
This is the receiving area where all the fiber and yarns are delivered. Those bundles are massive in person!
Ben, our tour guide/dyehouse mechanic/boiler man/office organizer/all around nice guy, explaining to us what a magnificent old school scale this is.
If you know me at all, I'm terrible with names! Poor Alden, Aldy, Aldon, Alfred... did such a nice job prepping everything and running the dye vats.
I can't explain in words how cool it was to see our yarn in these large stainless steel cages. Malik, the head dye master and chemist, was explaining the process to us. We were able to also meet his wife, Raana, who I corresponded with during our color development process. Seeing their lab dip area felt like we were opening the door into our garage and their enthusiasm and love for the art was apparent.
There's Oyster having the water just spun out of it. Love this color!
This is not our yarn, but it was awesome to see how the twisting machine works and what will be the last step of the process before the yarn heads over to us.
Little Brother & Ben at the end.
Meeting everyone at the dye house today was truly a pleasure and we're very excited for what the future holds. Until next time... happy knitting!