Let me start by apologizing for the long delay in getting this entry up, but I experienced a personal loss that left me deep in grief. Luckily I have some wonderful friends who wouldn’t let me go down. The ladies here at the shop were bound and determined to get me back into life, kicking and screaming, fighting them every step of the way, but they wouldn’t take no for an answer. Thanks a lot girls, and I really mean it, THANKS, a whole big bunch. Love you all!
For those of you who don’t know, Teri Gabric, who brings us her fabulous, North Woods Farm Yarns, also does hand-dyeing, right here at the shop. It was my pleasure to watch the process, which was quite different then I expected. It all starts with an inspiration for her colorways.
For her demonstration, the inspiration was a photo of an old weathered door. Teri chose grey, tan and light blue for her colors for the first batch, tan and two blues for the second.
Starting with blanks of merino wool, she soaked them first in water, then squeezed, (or is it squoozed?) out the excess water and laid them in a crock pot with a little bit of hot water.
Looks a bit like spaghetti, doesn’t it?
Next came the dyes—first the tan in one corner, next grey in the opposite corner, and finally blue in the middle. Using a wooden spoon, she pressed down on the yarn to make sure it was saturated in the dyes, turned on the crock pots, covered them and walked away. A few hours later, and the yarn was ready for a rinse, then set in the sun to dry.
What surprised me about this, is how little mess there actually was. I always shied away from things like this because I was afraid that more of the color would end up on my skin, the walls/floors, and the dogs, than on the yarn. The dye, much to my surprise is completely absorbed into the yarn. For those of you who are bolder than I, who have been down this path, we do carry a line of dyes and supplies, including yarn blanks.
Dying is not just for the yarns we sell at FAB. Elizabeth Neily, also has some great ideas for dye enthusiasts. If you need a quick gift, and we do mean quick, it only takes about 15 minutes or so, to make a one of a kind, hand-dyed, silk scarf for someone special. Don’t forget, you’re special too. Using Colorhue Dyes, and a luxuriously sensuous, silk scarf, you can make a gift for someone, and even sign it or write a special message! We can even put together kits for you. This dye doesn’t stain skin, and is ready instantly. No need for special equipment, just a little spray bottle or dropper bottle makes it perfect for home use. Can you say party time? Teens, would have a blast with this at a birthday party. Or how about your next baby shower, when each guest can bring an item to hand-dye for the new arrival, hats, booties, shirts, onesies… all hand-dyed just for them.
These are just a few of the colorful things going on here at Fab Fiber. Come in, sit and relax with us for a while and we’ll get your creative juices flowing, you know you’re just “dyeing” to.
As always I will leave you with a few yarn related tips. The first comes from Knitting Nuances. If you want to improve the look of your knitting, this is the site you must see. They have lots of tips on how to improve the look of edges, cast on, bind off, ribbing, increases, and decreases. The tips they give will enhance the look of your design, rather than detract from it. Please don’t shy away from this site thinking it’s only for experienced knitters. It isn’t. Even beginners will get something out of their visit. For instance, the example below is so simple you will wonder why you weren’t taught this in the first place. Look what happens when you reverse it!
For you crocheters out there, I highly recommend checking out Crochet Kim. http://crochetkim.com Kim Guzman, will fearlessly take you into some of the nicest, most creative crochet patterns out there. Her blog is well written, with lots of clear pictures, and if you still need help, well, click on to her YouTube videos, you will be glad you did. With Kim’s help you will learn some new skills, put your old ones to better use, and have fun while doing it. Here are some examples of what you will find on her website, both of these are categorized as easy, but oh so pretty.
Until next time, enjoy a little time everyday with some yarn. Think of it as your meditation, get back to my happy place, leave me alone world moment. Plus it’s fat free, calorie free and guilt free.