About the yarn
Here at Tuskenknits it's mostly about the simplicity and versatility of soft, earthy, wearable shades -- yarns you will want to knit timeless pieces with to throw on with any outfit in your wardrobe.
All yarn is ethically and humanely sourced from farms that do not practice mulesing (click here for the wikipedia article on mulesing). My superwash merino comes from farms in Argentina and Uruguay. My non-superwash comes from smaller, family-run farms in Peru. And the Bluefaced Leicester is sourced from small farms in the UK.
I use high-quality acid dyes and citric acid to create each colorway, then I rinse and wash the yarn with an eco-friendly, fragrance-free soap.
When I receive your order I wrap it carefully, tie it up with a string, and write a personal note to you. I love having this personal connection with each of my customers, no matter where you live in the world!
I dye and package it all right here in my home kitchen and studio in the countryside south of Seattle, Washington.
About the dyer
My name is Maria Tusken, and I am the creator, dyer, emailer, shipper, social-media manager, accountant, and sole-proprietor of Tuskenknits.
I'm a Montana girl at heart, now living in the countryside south of Seattle with my husband, Bear (attention-loving German Shepherd), Tzeitel (Siberian Husky pup), Perchik (wannabe dog cat) and Ula (my cuddly tuxedo cat).
I have always been rather independent and dreamed of running my own business since I was quite young. After moving to Seattle in 2015, I decided to take the leap and start a business, hoping to eventually escape the city life and long daily commutes. I had no idea that indie-dyeing was such a big thing at the time ( I wasn't on any social media). Well, I was in for a big surprise! I fell in love with every aspect of running a business, and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take Tuskenknits full-time in the Fall of 2016.
When I'm not working, I love to cuddle with my kitten, listen to audio books while knitting, go out swing dancing, and laugh a lot.
Personal health, both mental and physical, is one of my greatest values. I make an effort to eat quite healthy (most of the time) and pay attention to my body. I'm also very busy with my business and am quite the introvert, so having down-time to just "be" is something I try to make time for every day. Did I mention knitting is a great way to de-stress?
Photos on this page by Angela Prosper Photography