Posts tagged ‘dyeing’

October 27, 2011

Hand dyed sock blank socks

Have almost finished the first pair of socks knitted from the sock blank ‘scarf’ which I hand painted. It was painted with 3 colours then steamed to set the dye. I don’t like the colours at all but at least I’ll have a warm pair of socks at the end of the experiment. Had to have a friend help me graft the toe on sock no 1 but I fully intend to have go myself on sock no 2.
complete 1st sock

September 15, 2011

Scarf sock yarn-now in etsy shop

After trialing my very first scarf sock yarn I am now pleased to announce that they are being added to my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/knitwitoriginalsuk
I love how the pink spotty one turned out, it took ages to do but I think it will look fabulous knitted up into a pair of funky socks. The second one still has to dry, another experiment-it is also funky for the brave of feet, some pink in it as I needed to use up the exhaust from previous one but with added blue. Rather than knitting from a ball of yarn you unravel the ‘scarf’ as you knit, it doesn’t roll away and you can wear it as you knit! great fun!
Hand dyed 'scarf'
Hand dyed 'scarf'

August 6, 2011

Time for dyeing-the natural way

With summer in full swing now is the time to gather dyestuffs from round and about. Next doors mulberrys are dropping to the ground and getting soggy in this rain so I have nip round there during a dry spell to pick them up. The first batch produced a lovely pinky mauve on silk and alpaca. Yesterday at Bentley Wildfowl I was allowed to pick some Golden Rod which has given me some lovely citrusy yellow on Falkland Island tops. A pound or so of elderberries has turned 100gms of Falkland Island tops a lovely mauve and the exhaust from the Golden Rod and elderberries is still in the pot with another 100gm of F.I.tops.
My earlier dye session this week turned out very blue, not with natural dyes I hasten to add but some vintage ICI dyes. I mixed some blue with red hoping to achieve purple but it all came out blue! It is on the lavender side of blue and I have a lot of blue wool, yarn and tops.
from one dye pot
wool and tencel

March 7, 2011

Dyed Masham locks for the Japanese

Fresh from the dye pot, these gorgeous locks of Masham fleece are a felt makers dream. The fleece was incredibly dirty and full of brambles and burrs but I carefully washed and picked the fleece until most of the vegetation was out before I dyed the 2oz batches. At the last Mansion market some Japanese lasses told me that it is impossible to buy this kind of fleece in Japan so hopefully these will fly out the door!
Latest one is the palest mint cream green.
Masham fleece is amazing and spins fine too. These locks make great ‘hair’ for fairies!

Stunning dyed Masham locks
Palest green locks