Finally! I have for some years now (since 2017) wanted to try out to dye my own yarn and now it finally happened. I was very nervous at first but it was so much fun and I want to do more now. I’m a big fan, follower, and patreon of the Bakery Bears Podcast and have been following them from the start, and Kay who is the dyer of the duo (Dan & Kay) has dyed up so many beautiful colourways through the years and I have bought some and won others. Now she has a dying show that’s a part of being a patreon can get access to, where she shows her ways of dying some of her beautiful colourways and it’s this that got me starting this year. If you want to find out more about this Duo, then jump over to their Webpage for full information and the history of their work with the Podcast.
So here’s a few photos of my first ever hand-dyed yarn.
This was so much fun to do but it does take time and planning but I loved every minute of it and will do this again. Planning to make a pinky peachy one next time.
I never showed the second Moondust efter it had been blocked, so here it is!
It didn’t turn out as good as I was hoping for and that’s probably because of some reason this one turned out to be longer than my first one. The yarn is the same, just another colour, and I used the same size needles but it still turned out longer. I must have knitted this one looser.
Here’s my first one, check the size difference between them!
So I might rip it all out or just leave it for a bit and see how I feel about it later.
I never thought Knits and Purls would be so hard to knit, but in this one, you are using Fisherman’s Rib, and it’s a nightmare! especially if you drop a stitch. I have lost count on how many times I have ripped it all out and restarting it, probably 11 times now but I will make it, I will win this fight. Now I’m putting in lifelines every 3rd or 4th row so I don’t have to rip it all out if it happens again, but it goes so slowly and the lifeline mess the look of the stitches up but it might sort itself out after light blocking.
Yarn used: Leftovers fingering & Cascade Yarns Heritage Needle: 4.00 mm Re-Started: 28th March 2021 Finished: Will it ever? Pattern: Bits and Bobs Cowl Designer: Kay F Jones
These socks have been on my needles for a long time and that’s down to me forgetting to use the lilac on the heels, because I knew that the gray wouldn’t be enough otherwise. But I didn’t realise my error until the first sock was finished, so I started to look for the yarn and then to my horror found out it was discontinued!! I kept looking for some time, from 1st of October 2020 till i finally found it in a group on facebook 2nd of January 2021. So on 14th of February (Valentine Day) i finally finished them.
Yarn used: Mayflower 1 Class (grey) & Opal Needle: 2.50 mm Started: 4th June 2020 Finished: 14th February 2021 Pattern: n/a Designer: Kay F Jones
Now this I couldn’t resist to try out. I love Bullfinches and I want to learn colourwork knitting and fair Isle knitting. So I just had to give in and ordered the yarn in November 2020. I had other things already on my needles that I wanted to finishing first before I stuck into these beauties.
But now I have started them and so far so good. I just hope that I will manage to finish them, so wish me luck!
The first thing that I finished this year is The philosopher’s Cowl by Kay F Jones of the Podcast The Bakery Bears. It was a lovely and relaxing knit and all I need now to do is to block it. I used 10 different yarns to make this one And I think I might make another one at some time.
Yarn used: Fingering weight Needle: 2.25 mm Started: 31st of December 2020 Finished: 10th of January 2020 Pattern: The philosopher’s Cowl Designer: Kay F Jones