Cranberry Tweed

by Dye Mad Yarns


Cranberries are an incredibly tart fruit, and cranberry sauce with sugar didn't become popular until the 19th century, and only became a Thanksgiving staple in the 20th century once bog-harvesting became the primary way to harvest. 

Cranberries, alongside blueberries and concord grapes, are one of the few commercially growth fruits that are native to the United States. You can actually thank Ocean Spray for their innovation in harvesting cranberries that lead to the jellied can-shaped sauce on your table each November. 

Indigenous folks were known to eat cranberries and to use them as a dye for clothing (so it's likely they could've been found at the Thanksgiving table in 1621), and the first recorded recipe of cranberry sauce does date to 1796, the popularity didn't really take off until they were able to be harvested commercially. Prior to bog-harvesting, cranberries were dry-harvested from vines, which was a difficult and arduous process. However, despite the more efficient bog-harvesting method, the process was also much more likely to damage the delicate berries making them too imperfect to sell. Thus, the canned jellied cranberry sauce was born. 

Cranberry Tweed, the yarn, is pretty straightforward. A semi-sold cranberry colored yarn with flecks of pink, blue, and yellow tweed. 

Cranberry Tweed is part of our Falliday collection, a portion of which will be donated to the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. November is Native American Heritage Month. If you choose to participate in Thanksgiving event, we suggest taking steps to decolonize. You can become familiar with the indigenous tribes to the land you are guests on (, learn the real history of Thanksgiving, decolonize your dinner table, listen to indigenous voices, buy Nativeread books by Native folks, agitate for the end of racist sports mascots, or attend a Day of Mourning if there is one local to you. Recognize that although for many of us white folks, Thanksgiving is a family celebration, it is, at its core, an American celebration of genocide. 


Rainbow Fingering: 85% Superwash Merino/15% Donegal Nep, 2ply yarn, 438 yards, 100g.
Rainbow DK: 87% wool, 13% viscose, 246 yards, 100g. 

Rainbow Worsted: 85% Superwash Merino/15% Donegal Nep, 3ply, 181 yards, 100 g.