I’m writing this post from a desk, splattered with many, many different colours – one of the results of Ysolda’s experiments with yarn dyeing earlier this year. Since lots of knitters like to experiment with their own dyepots, I had a look at some wonderful projects that have been home-dyed. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do!
‘It was a labor of love. The many colors and varied fibers (including the tiny bit of sparkly Angelina) give the fabric a quality that’s hard to achieve in a commercial yarn, and it still receives compliments when I wear it.’
It sounds like the work that beetsie put into dyeing her own yarn for this Ishbel was definitely worth it! (And as an aside, the lovely model featured in the photo is her daughter Katy Westcott, otherwise known as Katrinkles, maker of beautiful wooden buttons, gauges and knitting ornaments…)
We love the subtle colour changes in this Rose Red dyed and knit by Lambstrings. She used grape kool-aid to get the lovely purple, and it was her first ever try at dyeing. (She’s since gone on to have her own yarn-dyeing business, Lambstrings Yarn.)
We recently started stocking cross stitch kits from Junebug and Darlin both because we love them and also because we recognise that in parts of the world that aren't Scotland, there are months when knitting is not that enjoyable and it is good to have other craft options.
Zoe was kind enough to record a brief overview of her crafting philosophy. We have shared that over on Ysolda's instagram, but we are putting the transcript here.