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Moira - 12th Night 2006

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Posted by moira_ramsay on 2008.08.28 at 09:36
Husbandman and I want to have a go at dying our (my) own yarn. Honest to goodness he is the one pushing this idea.

For those of you who have dyed your own yarns ....

What yarns would you recommend? Are they local or online? I prefer Wools and Silks in Sock or laceweight yarns if that helps in the recommending.


Thanks. :)


Lady Francesca Tessa d'Angelo
francesca_tessa at 2008-08-30 00:11 (UTC) (Link)
The Lion Brand Fisherman's wool in the 8 oz skeins. I've not begun to dye with it yet but you get the best price per ounce if you get a 40% off coupon to Hobby Lobby and buy it there. It's $8.99 for the 8 oz. skein before the coupon discount.

WARNING: The insdide label says it still retains a bit of lanolin, so you need to soak in in some warm water that has some dawn dish soap in it before you mordant it.

I'd recommend mordanting with alum.
It comes in aran white and in brown. It would be interesting to buy a skein of each and put a hank of each color into each bath you do to see how it works on either.

Just my two cents worth. Don't forget to do a follow-up post with Pics!. I promise to do the same if I ever get around to it.
Lady Francesca Tessa d'Angelo
francesca_tessa at 2008-08-30 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
Comment #2..Oh, I forgot to say...it is lighter than the Patons Merino wool that you can buy at Michael's Crafts - it's loosely spun and prett close to sock weight. It is actually made for felting so it will thicken up after knitting if you properly felt it.

So far I've made some knit pouches from it and it knits up very consitstently but is less bulky than the Paton's Merino. I'm dying to do some socks in it.

Note: It's also not as soft as the Patons Merino.

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