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.
I dye and package all the yarn right here in my home studio in Montana.
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 was born and raised in Montana, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in my mid-twenties, which is where Tuskenknits first began. We have now moved back to Montana with our Siberian Husky, and two tuxedo cats.
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 you can find me reading, writing, sewing, swing dancing, or daydreaming.