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Welcome

image 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

image 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.