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Today we welcome PRISM Yarns to the blog talk about how they came to create the Merino Mia Private Palette Pack - Exclusive Colorway for WEBS - America's Yarn Store!

Welcome to spring! Here in Florida we are on the verge of our long hot summers (mind, I’m not complaining), but I can easily cast my thoughts back to the 38 years I spent living in Michigan and then Buffalo, New York. Spring holds a special place in the hearts of all winter survivors, and New England Spring aims to capture that sense of renewal and excitement.

I’m sure you have heard of custom colors; many hand-dyers do them and many stores take advantage of having unique hand-dyed colors that reflect their image. Last year, I decided to take those custom colors a step further and create Private Palettes. A range of seven colors (one multi-color, three sandwashed tonal solids, and three tonal layered colors) are carefully calibrated to allow successful mixing and matching of any colors: all seven, any two or as many as you like. Kathy Elkins of WEBS and I began talking about what I might do for WEBS many months ago, and finally decided that creating a New England palette for each season made perfect sense.


Weeks of exploring images of New England in the spring resulted in the palette that you see here. We wanted to capture the gray skeins turning to steely blue, contrasted with the deep greens of coniferous trees and craggy mountains; all enlivened by spring green as new buds burst forth. The palette becomes its own little landscape, and Marnie MacLean’s semi-circular lace shawl captures that landscape feel perfectly. From the bright greens of new buds and grass, through the far-off gray mountains and low-level clouds, up to the brighter promise of blue skies, New England Spring becomes a reality.

Show us how you interpret New England Spring! We’d love to see your creations!

Check out the Montpelier shawl here, and purchase the New England Spring exclusive colorway here.