I haven’t only been busy with silk, I’ve also been having a whale of a time playing around with dyeing wool.
I’ve been thinking of resurrecting my little etsy shop. I’ve been dabbling with etsy on and off since 2006 or 2007, and I had a little go at selling handdyed yarn a couple of years ago but was never entirely happy with the colours I was producing. I think I’ve learned a lot about dyeing since my last effort, and I enjoy the dyeing process so much that I don’t think I’m ever going to get a chance to knit up everything that I dye. Some of it might as well go to a good home!
Straight out of the dye pot on the left, reskeined on the right. I’m not sure how repeatable this colourway is as I was just experimenting, but I think I remembered what I used so I’ll have to try and recreate it sometime.
This skein is a glorious 2ply British Blue Faced Leicester in a fingering weight. BFL is hands down one of my favourite fibres. It’s so delightfully soft and has the most beautiful silk like sheen. I was a little bit unsure of ordering this 2ply base yarn, but I’ve completely fallen in love with it. It’s wonderfully poufy and lustrous, and I’m not sure how hardwearing 2ply socks would be, this yarn would certainly make a lovely shawl.
I also dyed a wonderful tonal grey which I love and which is definitely repeatable, or as repeatable as handdyed yarn can be.
There’s more, but I think I’ll stop there. This post is far too pic heavy as it is!