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Yarn Dyeing Resources

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I love how Looliemom’s hair matches her yarn.

 

My interest in dyeing my own yarn is steadily growing. It began with my annual visit to the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair. I was attracted to the bright colors in the Groovy Hues Fiber display. In addition to her beautiful locally dyed yarns, she had a dye your own kit. It included a bare yarn and several kool aid packets. Suzanne gave me a quick lesson on dyeing with kool aid and referred me to a website for additional information. That website is http://www.dyeyourownyarn.com

This is a short post to share the information I have so far. Groovy Hues Fiber and Looliemom are two local dyers that I have purchased yarn from.  They both had gorgeous, colorful yarn. I’m partial to sock yarn and both of them offered a good selection.

http://www.groovyhues.etsy.com

http://www.lolliemomfiberarts.com

I divided a 100 gr. hank into 5 mini skeins so I could try different techniques.

 

Groovy Hues Fiber

YouTube has been my friend. Chemknits and Hue Loco are the channels I studied. Chemknits in particular teaches so many different techniques. I learned the space dyeing, gradient and self stripeing methods from her.

http://www.chemknits.com

http://www.hueloco.com

And lastly, Instagram is my place for inspiration. Enter a hashtag and what you’re interested in seeing and the whole world opens up. #knittersofinstagram #knitallthesocks and #dyersofinstagram are some of my favorites.

I hope you check then out. Enjoy your week!

 

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My First Sock Blank

I’m dyeing my first sock blank today. It’s soaking in a water and vinegar solution right now and the plan is to dye wide stripes with food coloring. Once it’s dyed and dried, I can knit right from the blank or wind it in a ball and knit. Also, this is a double blank which means the socks will be identical. Although I really don’t mind my socks not being matchy, matchy. I actually like when they knit up differently. Let’s see what I get. img_0641-1img_0678Wish me luck!

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A Hodge Podge Of Stuff

This is a quick post to share some of my favorite things and some brand new things. A while back, Sue from my knitting group made all of us a project bag. I love this bag. It’s perfect for taking my socks (I always have a sock project) with me whenever I can. The fabric is a pretty paisley and it has a drawstring to close. She also made us beautiful stitch markers. 

Next up is a notions bag that Ann, another friend in my knitting group made for us. Such talent! This bag is leather like, feels buttery soft and plush. It has a zipper closure and is full lined. And most importantly, it fits everything a knitter needs. 


And lastly, I ordered some bare yarn from knit picks. I wanted to give dyeing my own yarn a try. I purchased bare Natural Felici (sigh) a Natural Bare stroll sock blank and a Sophia Alpaca Cloud Fingering Yarn. I have kool aid and jacquard dyes. I tried the kool aid method, next up the acid dyes.