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Hello, I am Cynthia, the owner and dyer of Nightingale Fibers.
I learned to knit from my loving mother when I was about seven. She even ran a 4-H group called Knitters of the Round Table (because of the extra-large round table we had in our dining room growing up). I knitted on and off through high school and college. In graduate school, I started an afghan (that I never finished) but it inspired me to begin knitting again. After graduate school, working as a Nurse Midwife, I knit more regularly, expanding my skill level, and collecting wonderful yarns including stunning yarns from indie dyers.
In 2008, I took a dying and spinning workshop at Harrisville Designs from Lynne Vogel. We dyed roving during that workshop, but I was soon also dying yarn at home. And so was born, Nightingale Fibers hand dyed yarns.
I have continued to learn new techniques in dying yarn reading and watching videos. Two books in particular: Color in Spinning by Deb Menz and Dying to Spin & Knit by Felicia Lo taught me about color theory. Other books I have read more than once include The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook by Lynne Vogel and Dying to Knit by Elaine Eskesen. All these books and many others have given me the ability to try new techniques and stretch my imagination. As time passes, I am more and more intrigued by the way different fibers absorb dye. Some are shiny and bright, while others are heathered and subtle. I love experimenting with different color combinations and developing intense shades of color. Just as I loved seeing a new baby born, I love seeing what comes out of my dye pots.
The yarns and fiber are dyed in my home workspace. Yarns are dyed in small batches of 1-5 skeins with professional grade dyes. I mostly use immersion dying, but experiment with other techniques from time to time. I am mindful of my impact on the environment and recycle water throughout the dying process as much as possible. All dyes are fully exhausted before any water leaves the dye pot. Everything is rinsed after dying to remove any excess dye, but there is always a chance of a small amount of bleeding of dye with the most intense colors.
When I am not knitting or dying yarn, you can find me in my garden or taking long walks. I love wine, craft beer and the rocky shoreline of Maine.
I am helped and encouraged in this endeavor by my husband, David. He drives the trailer and helps with set up at fiber festivals, you will see him manning the checkout (he can even answer knitting related questions!). You can also thank him for timely shipment of your orders.
131 Francestown Road
Greenfield, NH 03047
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