One of the things I have noticed over many years of working with fiber and yarn is that colors tend to soften with each step. In other words, if I make an art batt or dye a braid of top and then spin it into yarn, the yarn has softer colors than the art batt.… Read More An Experiment in Color: How Colors Soften with Each Step
If you don’t have the time to read about what I’ve been up to, feel free to just scroll down to the bottom for a way to get 15% off. What have I been up to? The answer is lots. First of all, remember the slouchy beret I knit for my daughter? Well, I liked… Read More A Little of This and a Little of That and a Coupon Code to Boot
I am finishing out the “fade” series today with the original fade pattern by Andrea Mowry–Find Your Fade. This is a big, comfy shawl pattern that uses 7 skeins of yarn. The pattern can be found at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/find-your-fade. All her amazing and very popular patterns can be found on Ravelry at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/drea-renee-knits Here are a… Read More Featured Pattern: Find Your Fade
Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books we all read when we were kids? Well, this time you get to choose your own yarn adventure instead, which I think you will agree is infinitely better! I’m giving away ONE of these skeins of yarn. When you enter to win, you can choose… Read More Hand-Dyed Yarn Giveaway! Choose Your Yarn Adventure!
Last spring, we painted the inside of our entire house. We thought we were going to be moving but eventually decided to stay put, but since we were painting for some mythical buyers, we wanted to go neutral and stay on-trend. Well, the trend, as you probably know, is gray. Gray walls, gray flooring, and… Read More Why You Shouldn’t Care About Color Trends
In the last post, I talked about preparing dye stock to use for hand painting. In this post, we’ll discuss hand painting yarn. The very same process is used for hand painting top or roving from animal fibers (wool, alpaca, angora, mohair, etc.) and silk. You need a different type of dye for plant fibers… Read More How I Dye, Part 2
I spent most of the day dyeing yarn and silk chiffon scarves. I had such a great time. Dyeing is a pretty intensive process, so my husband and I had planned for him to take the youngest children so I could focus on what I was doing, and it was great! If you are wondering… Read More How I Dye, Part 1
Recently, I had the opportunity to dye silk hankies with my daughter and start spinning them up. Whether you decide to dye your own or start with some of the beautifully dyed silk hankies available on Etsy and elsewhere, I thought it might be helpful to see how to spin these beauties, so grab a… Read More How to Spin Silk Hankies or Mawata