Witches’ Cay (pronounced Key) is named after a very small island off the north of Cuba called Cayo Las Brujas (which literally means Witches’ Island). There are many fables behind this island, but our favorite involves a love story (sigh). Many many years ago there was a man who was the guardian of his niece. He loved her very much and would not stand for any of the local fishermen to try to court her. Of course that means she fell in love with a young fisherman. The uncle refused to allow them to see each other and so they would secretly meet on a small island where no one could see them. This island was completely uninhabited except for some ghosts and an owl. One night when they were to meet, the young woman failed to show. The fisherman, distraught, went searching for her but she was never found. Only the owl who would swoop at the people who came to the island was ever seen by anyone else, but the fisherman swore he could see her occasionally and even talk to her and that she had been transformed into a witch who could turn herself into an owl. The other villagers laughed at him and told him he was drunk. There is an island next to Cayo Las Brujas called Cayo Barracho (Drunkard’s Island) named for the young fisherman and so the two lovers would always be together. This variegated color of light aqua, pink, and yellow remind us of tropical beverages that one would find in the Caribbean and feels like all things summer.
About our bases:
Alchemy: 2 ply Fingering 80% Superwash Merino/10%Cashmere/10% Nylon, 100g, 425 yards
Incantation: 4 ply Fingering 60% Merino, 20% Alpaca, and 20% Nylon, 100g, 437 yards
Note: While the mill states that some bases are machine washable superwash yarn, this is a hand dyed product. The dye was completely exhausted and the water ran clear in the rinse process, however, some bleeding may occur with different detergents and water quality. We highly recommend hand washing using a wool safe wash such as Soak and drying flat or line drying.
When quantities are out of stock, they will be dyed to order and shipping may take 3-14 days.
Some of our photos may show more than one skein, the price listed is for only one skein.
All attempts are made to show our yarns in as close to their actual colors as possible. Colors may vary depending on monitors and lighting. Some yarns (such as those on Mohair) will come out muted and speckles will be more of a watercolor effect or have a sheen due to their fiber content.