Elaine Eskesen started Pine Tree Yarns in 1988 as a small shop and dye
studio in the summer kitchen of her farmhouse in Alna, Maine. A handsome
tree in the front yard inspired the business name and logo. ("I later found
out it was a fir tree, not a pine, but I never would have named my business
after a fir tree!") After moving to a historic house in the coastal village
of Damariscotta, Maine in 1990, Pine Tree Yarns starting offering a wide
variety of yarns, including Elaine's own hand-dyed and hand painted skeins.
Now, thanks to the web, Elaine's extraordinary yarns are available to
knitters across America and beyond.
The Book; Dyeing to Knit
Maybe you're already familiar with using space-dyed, hand-painted, or
rainbow-dyed yarns. You may have already tried mixing different fibers,
colors and textures in a single project. Now you're thinking how exciting it
would be to dye your own yarns and not be limted to what's available
commercially. You can! With Elaine Eskesen at your elbow, sharing her years
of experience, you'll soon be creating your own gorgeous and unique
hand-dyed skeins using the fibers of your choice: wool, silk, alpaca, and
more. No matter what your approach to design might be-bright and exuberant
or quiet and subtle-Elaine encourages all who love beautiful fibers to
unleash their personal sense of color. In Dyeing to Knit there's enough
inspiration and brass-tacks practical advice for knitters, dyers and
aspiring dyers of all persuations.