The Take Me Home yarn collection from The Nest was inspired by my love and pride for my home state, West Virginia. I wanted to create a yarn that would be both unique and beautiful-just like West Virginia.
Cranberry Glades / Steve Shaluta Photography
While pondering how to represent WV in a yarn, it occurred to me that I had an amazing resource in my cousin Steve Shaluta, a professional wildlife photographer and author. Steve’s photographs have been published for many years in Wild Wonderful WV magazine. He not only graciously agreed to share his photographs but assisted me in selecting a variety of photos based on color and location.
Cranberry Glades Fingering/Sock yarn
I immediately approached Claudia McClean, another artist who hand dyes gorgeous yarns from her studio in Harrisonburg, Va. Claudia remarked on the awesome beauty of WV and seemed very intrigued by the challenge. As you can see by the product, Claudia succeeded in creating some gorgeous yarns. When comparing the yarns and the photographs, it’s apparent she selected and recreated with an artist’s eye and great accuracy.
I love the idea of inspiration, which in this case comes from nature, being interpreted by different artists in different mediums and ways. The next step in this process of creation lies with the knitter who will use the medium of yarn and the palette of Take Me Home colors to create another bit of art.