If it’s been a while since you visited our Exclusive Colorway section of the shop, you’ve been missing out on some pretty special hand-dyed colors, all inspired by photos taken by Susan’s husband Murray on deep sea diving expeditions. Not only are these one-of-a-kind colorways fun to knit with, you can also learn interesting facts along the way about the creature which inspired it. Here are two of our latest additions to the Purl Diver collection:
Pufferfish (sometimes called spiny Pufferfish or porcupine-fish) come from warmer ocean waters around the world where they feed mainly on crustaceans and mollusks. They have specialized teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crush the hard shells of their prey. Pufferfish vary in size, the smaller species only growing to 3 inches and the largest reaching over 2 feet. The one in the photo is about the size of a softball.
Pufferfish have three main defense mechanisms. First, they have the ability to inflate their bodies by swallowing water or air, thereby becoming rounder. This increase in size (almost double vertically) reduces the range of potential predators. Second, they have very sharp porcupine-like sharp spines which radiate outwards when the pufferfish inflates. Third, some pufferfish species have a very potent toxin in their internal organs. As a result of these three defenses, pufferfish have few predators. The Pufferfish colorway is dyed exclusively for us by Dream in Color on their Smooshy yarn base, a lovely Fingering Weight 100% superwash Merino Wool that’s perfect for socks, shawls, and other lightweight projects.
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Next up, we have Sea Tulips (or Pyura spinifera, for those of you who would rather use the scientific name). This colorway is named a species of sessile ascidian that lives in coastal waters at depths of up to 260 feet. They are filter feeders so named due to the flower-like appearance of a knobbly ‘bulb’ attached to a long stalk.
Sea Tulips come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, yellow, orange, and purple. The coloration of sea tulips depends upon their association with a symbiotic sponge that covers their surface. We have created our color to capture the pretty pink hues of the sea tulips pictured above, hand-dyed for us by Anzula on their absolutely stunning Silken base. Silken is a fingering weight blend of 50% Silk and 50% Merino, giving it beautiful sheen and a touch of drape.
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