Dye Hard: Yarn of Projects

I’ve been traveling and entertaining the last couple of weeks, as well as focusing on the mystery box stuff, so I don’t have much progress to show. I’m still knitting on the Blueberry Popover Day socks, my Pumqueen Cardi, and Arrowhead. But as promised, here are pics of my haul from the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair, in order of acquisition.

BFL fiber for spinning
Darning Egg and Damsel Plum yarn in two weights from Knitting Notions
Bulky in Salmon Run and sock in Squash from Laughing Cat Fibers
Litha and Taurus from Dye Mad Yarns

Did I buy more superwash? Yes. I need to draw the line on superwash. It’s great for socks and summer shawls, but not warm enough for winter knits.

I have been editing and updating my Year of Projects list. I make minor changes to my knitting plans throughout the year. However, I made some significant changes to my sewing list. Me Made May taught me I need to make more tops and pants. I have enough summer dresses. Below is the new list. I’d love to finish the first three this month.

  1. Ottobre blouse in Liberty blue paisley lawn and black linen
  2. Two A-line Tees in batiked cottons for summer
  3. Pietra Pants in indigo linen
  4. Audrey Pants in navy stretch cotton twill and gray cotton twill
  5. Ophelia Overalls in teal corduroy
  6. A Logan Shacket in navy wool flannel
  7. Ottobre Coat in black wool floral embossed coating

Bob gave me this natural dyeing kit from Botanical Colors for my birthday. It arrived yesterday! I’ve never dyed with prepared natural dyes before, only from foraged botanicals or plants from my garden. I’m looking forward to trying this. Funds raised from the sales of this kit supports sending vital supplies to displaced children and families in Ukraine as well as supporting Botanical Colors’ BIPOC scholarships.

I have been dyeing hard lately. I’m going for another experiment on cotton yarn this week. And then I’m going to dye some wool yarn in fall colors for the shop.

This has been a Year Of Projects (YOP) update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.

11 thoughts on “Dye Hard: Yarn of Projects

  1. Beautiful yarns you’ve picked up! Superwash seems to be so prevalent now, it’s hard to ignore it when you shop. Looking forward to your sewing projects. I’ve got 2 yards of gray linen I want to make some pants with, but still on the hunt for a pattern I’ll like.

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  2. Ooh what’s the plan with the 2 weights of purple, will you make a matching set of a hat and gloves perhaps? I think I’m now cured of buying superwash yarn. Our summer is cold so far and I have been wearing my Aran weight malabrigo Worsted weight cowl and even in our pathetic summer it isn’t warm enough. I have plenty in my stash for socks for the rest of my life I think so it’s become easy. Also I have two superwash yarn mini shawls I never wear as they aren’t soft enough so I’ll probably unravel and make socks with that too. Perhaps once you are spinning more and can have yarn from your own spinning and that you’ve dyed with your fabulous new dyes then the temptation will pass….maybe?

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