We’re pretty excited about our newest addition to our Purl Diver collection of exclusive hand-dyed colorways: Lobster is dyed for us by Mountain Colors Yarn onto their Twizzlefoot base! Each skein is 53% Superwash Merino/17% Domestic Wool/17% Silk/13% Nylon in a light fingering weight; the silk and nylon cause each skein take the dye in an interesting manner:
Our colorway is inspired by a photo Murray took of a Florida lobster – also known as Spiny Lobsters, langouste, or rock lobsters (that last one especially applies to B-52s fans). Florida lobsters can easily be distinguished from other lobsters by their very long, thick, spiny antennae and by their lack of claws on the first four pairs of walking legs.
The Spiny Lobster gets its name from the forward pointing spines that cover their bodies to help protect them from predators. Spiny Lobsters are found in almost all warm seas, everywhere from the Caribbean and Mediterranean Sea to Australia and South Africa. Spiny lobsters tend to live in crevices of rocks and coral reefs and usually only venture out at night to eat. Their diet usually consists of snails, clams, sea hares, crabs, or sea urchins.
Sometimes, they migrate in large groups (or long files of Lobsters) across the ocean floor, often measuring 50 lobsters long. They vary in color from white to a dark red-orange. Locally, the Spiny Lobster fishery is known as the largest commercial fishery in Florida when it is measured in dollars.
Now that you know the story behind our newest yarn, let’s talk about what you can make with it! This unique yarn boasts a generous 450 yards, making it perfect for shawl projects in addition to socks, hats, and more. Below are a few of our favorite free patterns from Ravelry which would be perfect for your skein of Lobster yarn!
Clockwise from top left: Multycolor Horizon Hat by Maria Petikhina, Crimple by Michelle Hunter, Mondbeere by Ute Seller, Unleaving by Lee Juvan and Archangel by Aliza Nevarie.
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