Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Dyeing to Knit

I have quite a bit of yarny goodness to share with you today for Yarn Along.  
My Falling In Love socks are off the needles and I'm so happy with them.

Falling in Love Socks

I can show you the heart detail properly now - a nice little touch of detail to make them more interesting, don't you think?

Falling in Love socks, cable detail

After going on a course at the beginning of the month I finally took the plunge and had a go at some multi-coloured yarn dyeing at home. I'm using acid dyes - the acid being vinegar and the colour coming from food dyes - and steaming rather than simmering or microwaving for the heat source.

yarn dyeing - crocus inspired colours (not happy with the green)

My original intention was to make something crocus inspired. The bulbs are sprouting and blooming everywhere, reminding us that spring is coming, and I wanted something to capture those colours.  

crocus inspired yarn dyeing


The purple and yellow went well but the green was a bit too close to neon for my liking. When the yarn was dry and still in a skein I was really disappointed with it however, once it was caked (Lucy totally convinced me that I needed a wool winder...) it started to grow on me.

crocus inspired yarn, caked

It's actually knitting up in lovely stripy spirals that don't seem too overpowered by the green so we'll see.  I have purchased a better green to add to my collection for next time. It's all part of the learning process, right?


home dyed crocus yarn knitting up in stripes

I'm working on building a new site for my yarny wares as my shop is a bit clunky and outdated-looking. It's almost ready to launch and I'm super excited about it. There will be some gorgeous new items and a new pattern to accompany the launch. Here's a sneak peek...

Sneak peek

Isn't it cheerful?

On the reading front, I have just started Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (recommended by someone in the Yarn Along a couple of weeks ago) and am absolutely LOVING it!


What are you crafting and/or reading at the moment?

57 comments:

  1. Your dyeing looks great, love the way the stripes are emerging.

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  2. love your heart socks!! and the dyeing my oh my are you talented. It's a beautiful colorway :)

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  3. The heart socks are stunning and the hand dyeing is beautiful, such a talent. I intend to do a spinning and colour course soon, a treat from my family.

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure you will love the course - I had a lot of fun on mine!

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  4. You are so busy! I love the socks, they are so pretty.
    I am in awe of all who can spin, or/and dye yarn; one day I hope to do the same.

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    1. Thanks, Tracey. I am not at all good with the spinning part but the dyeing is a lot of fun!

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  5. Oh those colours make my heart sing and are very crocus like

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  6. Your yarn came out great! I love how it's striping. It really does remind me of crocuses. I love that little heart detail on your socks. Very cool.

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  7. Hannah, you never cease to amaze me with your industriousness. Best wishes on the new site and all your ventures. :)

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  8. wow! beautiful projects! the yarn dyeing is amazing! so beautiful, and definitely says spring to me :-)

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  9. WOW! the dyed yarn is looking fabulous…and how can you not fall in love with those little hearts on the socks. great week of show-and-tell!!!!

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  10. I love the way your yarn turned out. I think the green makes it look very springy. I'm putting that book on my list.

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    1. Thanks, Darcel. I hope you like the book :o)

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  11. That hand dyed yarn is amazing - the colors are perfect together.

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  12. Great job on the dyeing. I like the way the colors turned out and they appear to be knitting up nicely as well. Looks very Mardi Gras-ish to me! Your socks with the heart are really sweet.

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    1. Thanks - you're right, it is kind od Mardi Gras-ish :o)

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  13. Your dyed yarn is beautiful but the socks! Oh my! The socks are perfect. As is the blanket. You are a busy lady. I love the bunting in your banner. Did you post somewhere the directions for it? I always love popping in to visit you because the beautiful photos brighten my world. Especially in the dreary winter.
    Blessings
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy - the bunting in the banner is some from Laura Ashley that I picked up brand new (what a find!) in a thrift store. It's felt with cut outs so could easily be recreated by hand.
      Thanks for your lovely words :o)

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  14. Looking forward to seeing your revamped shop. Your pattern teaser is most intriguing. I can't wait to see all of it. If the teaser is anything to go by it will be gorgeous.

    The challenge I've set myself this year is to read a book a month. Over the last couple of years I've slipped completely out of the habit. I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice. Obviously a well known story but a book I've never read. It's most enjoyable. I am going to add Knitting Yarns to my list.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I have been slipping out of the reading habit a bit as I prefer to get busy with my hands. Love Pride and Prejudice - a lovely read!

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  15. Rainbow ripples - always good :)

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  16. Your dyed yarn is beautiful. I love the new pattern also. So many pretty colors and great waves. I have that book on my to read list. I have to get it soon.

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  17. I love the dyeing!!! I have over a thousand yards of fingering weight that I want to dye. I just need encouragement to get started!

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    1. Ooh yes - get started, it's so much fun!

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  18. Gorgeous yarn dyeing. Purple, green and yellow is one of my favourite combinations in yarns. I love how it's spiralling as you knit it.

    Lovely pink socks, the heart cable is so sweet

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  19. If you're a fan of Mardi Gras, that's what your yarn made me think of. I too love how it's striping!

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    1. It hadn't occurred to me before but it is very Mardi Gras-ish as someone said above :o)

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  20. The little heart is an unexpected treat!
    You will be so happy with a wool winder you'll never know how you did without it. I'm knitting my last winter knit, a warm vest, after that it's spring projects all the way

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  21. beautiful yarn you have dyed there, I love the colours and those socks are going to be amazing!!! I've wanted to try my hand at dying my own yarn but somehow it just seem so daunting. This post is very inspirational

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    1. Thanks, Christina. I felt daunted too but it's really much easier than you'd think :o)

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  22. Love the heart socks. And your yarn turned out so pretty.

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  23. Oh I heart the socks!! Love the dyed yarn too, the green might be a bit bight but it's perfectly usable and it's only your first attempt. Good thing you're not in Michigan, your yarn would be undyed white, as that's still the colour here right now! I've turned into a sock knitting fiend and have fours pairs on the go! No time for anything else!!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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    1. You'll certainly have cosy feet this spring, Brenda!

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  24. Pretty colours to create with.
    Love the bright cheerful sock yarn. Clever you.

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  25. Your socks and new wool look great very springy!

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  26. Love the new banner...that is all I have to say today. ^_^

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  28. How clever to dye your own yarn. I love how the yarn looks when is wound into a ball, and it looks amazing when knitted. Love the new pattern too, so pretty. Jilly

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