Cottage Socks & Silk

A quick shop update.

Now available Cottage Sock Yarn from Fleece Artist, colours currently in stock:



Also new, Handmaiden’s Marrakesh and Sea Lace available in 600g cones.  While it may seem indulgent, buying yarn on cones allows you to wind off exactly what you need for your weaving or knitting projects, meaning much less waste of those valuable silks.  Create individual hand-dyed warp chains in your desired length for sectional beaming.



Sea Lace



Happy knitting and weaving,



Fun in the Dyepot

With the new Gaywool dyes in stock, I thought I would have a little fun.  I decided to keep things simple by immersion dyeing some wool roving.  First was to go through my stash and find something to dye.  I found this lovely roving, described only as “organic fibre”.


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Following the directions given, I soaked it for 30 minutes with a little detergent, squeezed it dry, and placed it in the pot filled with water and dye stock (I’m using Crabapple).  I was dyeing approximately 100g of roving so I used a teaspoon of dye.  The package says 12-26gms/or half an ounce of dye to 100g, but I don’t have scale that measures that small (note to self:  get one), but in Jennifer Claydon’s book Spin * Dye * Stitch she mentions a teaspoon to 100g.

I turned on the burner.  Slowly raised the heat to between 80-90 degrees celcius , and let it simmer.

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The package says to heat for 30 minutes, so that’s what I did, and after 30 minutes this was what I had:

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A perfectly exhausted dye bath.  I left it to cool overnight, gave it a quick rinse (no dye ran out), and put it outside to dry.

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The colour variations in the roving are on account that I did not stir the roving in the pot.  I am always terrified of felting wool or fleece and tend not to handle it very much, I need to learn that I can (or at least, more than I do).

The finished roving, dried, braided and waiting to be spun.

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Happy dyeing,