Before I was much of a knitter, I was an avid purchaser of yarn. The lush, variegated skeins of Vermonter Jamie Harmon’s merino/angora were my favorites—I found the colorways of the skeins irresistible, with their seafoam greens and berry reds and lively blues. At that time, even as I hoarded twist after luscious twist, I lacked the vocabulary to describe their appealing qualities. Now I know that I was lured by the extraordinary vibrancy and depth of color that can only be achieved by natural dyes.

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