Kate Sitzman is a color enthusiast. "I’ve always been kind of obsessed with it," she explains. Years ago, she worked in theatrical lighting design and became "fascinated by the way you can mix and layer light and color to create different moods and effects."

You can still see that same fascination at play throughout her Etsy shop, Woolgatherings.

Sitzman’s mother-in-law Sandy, who sold her own hand-spun yarn for 20 years, taught her the tricks of the trade: knitting, spinning, and dyeing. "I took over the business about two years ago when she decided to retire," Sitzman says, "Originally, I only planned to take over the dye work for a few of her regular customers. But it took off when I made the leap to selling online. Now I’m dyeing full time, and I love it."

Woolgatherings operates out of the color theorist’s rural Duvall home, which sits on five acres. Flip through the slideshow here to learn more about her vividly rendered creations.

And don’t forget the etsyRain marketplace at Intiman Theater this Saturday, May 7.

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