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Weather to dye for…

23 Apr

Excuse the terrible pun, but when the sun is shining this much it often makes me want to get my yarn dyes out. The heat makes getting soaking wet wool dry a much easier task!
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This time I had a go at kettle-dyeing with some organic merino 4ply from Yarnundyed whose owner sent some samples into us at The Knitter to play with. That’s on the left in this picture.

On the right is a fairly high twist laceweight angora merino blend, which I got from the lovely Jeni of Fyberspates at Wonderwool.

I normally get my white yarn from the excellent Bluefaced.com so it’s been interesting to have a go with some new things. The organic yarn had a lovely texture and bloom after colouring, while the laceweight took the deep red particularly well.

I’d bought a large amount of the laceweight from Jeni, thinking I’d use it when I teach a dyeing class at Get Knitted in September so I’m pleased with the results, and I’m keen to try some more from Yarnundyed too.

During the class we’ll be creating custom-dyed self-striping sock and semi-solid laceweight yarns, and experimenting with all sorts of other yarns too, so if you fancy having a go at dyeing you can sign up now!

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Papped!

13 Oct

I had the privilege to attend the opening of a lovely new wool shop in Bath called, err, Wool. What else?!

The owner, Laura Bartlett, is absolutely delightful, and we are already hatching plans for how we might work together in the future – watch this space!

Looking a bit sheepish with Mike and Jen! (c) The Knitter

I went along at the kind invitation of some good friends – Jen Arnall-Culliford, the brilliant technical editor of The Knitter, and Deborah Bradley, the equally genius editor of Simply Knitting.

We had a great natter with Mike Cole, chairman of the UK Hand Knitting Association, and I came away with a gorgeous skein of deep fuschia Scrumptious DK (a loosely spun single ply silk/merino blend) which I couldn’t put down once I’d picked it up. It’s on the shelf between me and Mike in the picture – see? It had to be mine!

Scrumptious is one of the many fabulous yarns created by indie dyer Jeni of Fyberspates, an extremely talented lady who I’ve interviewed for The Knitter and bumped into at Wonderwool and Knit Nation earlier this year. Go buy her yarn!

I even managed a glass of fizz before I had to run for my train. A lovely evening.