Down Devon Way – Hand Dyed by Felt Fusion
If you’re new to it, Socktober is the perfect excuse to get your needles out and make a few pairs of new socks to keep your tootsies warm this autumn. This year we wanted to join in with the festivities, and as serious fans of Shadow’s richly saturated, playful colourways, we’re chuffed she fancied collaborating on these joyful skeins of Down Devon Way on our Exmoor Sock 4ply base.
Shadow of Felt Fusion is well known for her gloriously bright and cheerful skeins and (dangerously for us Mill Folks) regularly dyes on our Exmoor Sock. Shadow’s unique aesthetic, combined with our trusty sock base is a match made in heaven. We’re so thrilled with this beauteous mix of bright oranges, reds, greens blues and pinks she’s created, Down Devon Way. Certainly a yarn to cheer even the greyest of autumn days!
|Meterage||400m per 100g|
|Composition||60% Exmoor Blueface / 20% Corriedale / 10% Zwartbles / 10% Nylon|
|Gauge||36 sts x 44 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches|
Shadow and our Lauren (who collaborates with dyers on these stonking hand dyed specials) were inspired by local Devon artist, Mary Sumner, and her painting ‘Garden 8’ which we’ve included here in the images. Just love the way Shadow’s picked the shades she’s used out of this joyful image! As well as the single skeins of Down Devon Way, we have also chosen a few shades of 50g skeins of our Exmoor Sock, that we think pair beautifully with Shadow’s work. So choose your favourite sock pattern, get those needles ready and make sure to tag us in your special Socktober socks.
A bit more about Shadow and Felt Fusion Yarn…
My woolly journey started in 2007. My interest was piqued and I needed a creative outlet after being at home for several years, bringing up our 3 boys. I taught myself to needle felt and then wet felt and after some time practicing, I set up shop. Once we’d discovered the magic of wool as a nappy cover, I taught myself to knit with the help of a book and some knitting friends. Since then I haven’t looked back and can’t remember a day when I haven’t knitted.
The natural progression from knitting was to dye the yarn. I love hand dyed yarns and have quite a stash from various international dyers. We were home educating and in 2013 I decided that we’d have a dabble and, well, the rest is history. I caught the bug big time! I am a self-taught dyer, ever evolving my colourways and dye techniques.
Since then my woolly journey has continued. I dye many times a week, run regular yarn clubs and occasional market events through my Facebook page. You’ll find me on Instagram, Ravelry, Facebook… as Felt Fusion.
Our Exmoor Sock base is a true workhorse yarn. It enhances the durable character and bounce of the fibre from our local Exmoor Blueface sheep – a cross breed of the Exmoor Horn (full bodied and hard-wearing) and the Bluefaced Leicester (renowned for its softness and lustre). We’ve added naturally dark browny-black Devon Zwartbles giving extra bounce and a subtle fleck of colour, plus Falklands Corriedale to enhance softness and stitch definition and a hint of Nylon for durability.
Hand wash at low temperature with mild detergent.