Archive for the ‘Footscray – 75% Wool / 25% Nylon’ Category

Separating a 5 skein pack

October 6, 2008

Yarn Workshop is proud to offer new special pricing on our 5 skein packs at our Ebay store. The current price is USD $19.50 for 5 skeins of Footscray.

This tutorial will also be helpful for those of you that order skeins of yarn from Yarn Workshop wholesale.


If you order a 5 skein pack from Yarn Workshop at Ebay, you will receive something that looks very much like the picture above – a mega skein. It is looped on itself like a normal skein, and then you will notice that it is, in fact, 5 smaller skeins tied together with acrylic yarn. The first step is to unloop the the mega skein, and hang all the skeins together.

The acrylic yarn then needs to be found and snipped, being careful not to cut the sock yarn.  The acrylic yarn ties are from a slightly heavier weight yarn, and the acrylic is a slightly different colour.  It is useful to make sure you are trying to identify the ties in good light.  There will be three acrylic ties around the 5 skein pack. Each should be snipped before trying to separate each skein.



Once all the ties are snipped, carefully look at the skeins, and you will see that they are invidually knotted.



Each skein should be handled around the knot,  and gently separated from the other skeins.  Once each skein is separated, they can be wound into the usual skein formation.


Your creations – yarns by Biscotte & Cie

September 25, 2008

These yarns are all dyed by Biscotte & Cie (blog in French). Her yarns are available through her Etsy shop, and they are notable because of their beautiful presentation and colours.  The first three yarns shown here are all dyed on our Merimbula base yarn, which is a 100% merino superwash worsted weight. Merimbula is also available as individual skeins in our Ebay store.


Biscotte & Cie has also dyed sock yarns using our Footscray base yarn, and while the colours certainly look pretty in the skein:

look for the seed surprises when they are knitted up!

Fire Lizard Studios sock yarns

July 25, 2008

These beautiful yarns have been created by Fire Lizard Studios using Yarn Workshop Footscray and Bambaroo.


Fire Lizard studios yarns can be bought through Etsy, and will soon be available through a stand alone website.

Primavera Socks knitted out of Footscray

July 16, 2008

The knitting has been continuing here at Yarn Workshop, and I am proud to show off my husband’s new socks. The yarn for these socks was kettle dyed by me using Yarn Workshop “Footscray” and Ashford acid dyes.

Project Details

Pattern Primavera Socks (free Ravelry download).

Yarn  Yarn Workshop Footscray hand dyed by me, using a kettle dye technique. I mixed up the colours of dye that I wanted to work with, and immersed the skeins slowly, while adding each colour, and waiting for the dye to exhaust before immersing more yarn and adding more colour.

Needles  Addi Turbos size 2.5 mm, also from the store.

Alterations Knitted “magic loop”.

August Vacation

The July sale is going very well, and keeping me so busy that I have decided to take a vacation from 8 August 2008 until 22 August 2008.  During this time, I will be answering emails, and will be taking orders, but will not be able to deliver any orders until my return. I am ordering new yarns for the Fall (including a supersoft angora laceweight and a merino yarn for baby clothes), and am expecting a new delivery of Bambaroo in three weeks. Unfortunately, I have faced significant cost increases in the new orders. I will be holding prices down until my vacation, but will be revising prices on my return. Please contact me for any wholesale orders.

July Sale now on

July 1, 2008

In our Ebay retail store we have 25% off all single cones of yarn during July! We are clearing space for our new Fall stock, and have slashed our already low prices. The sale lasts all July, and more cones will go up as the month progresses!

Socks in Sydney

June 29, 2008

These socks were completed by Cyclomania (her Ebay identity), who also happens to be my sister.  They were knitted using Footscray and the Madder Ribbed Pattern (Ravelry link) from Knitting Vintage Socks; on our Addi knitting needles.  They were made for her 11 year old son, who is also the model.

Yarns dyed with Easter Egg dye

May 22, 2008

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At Easter, I thought that dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dyes would be fun to do with my daughters. We mixed up the dye (including vinegar) in accordance with the instructions on the packet, and dip dyed the skeins.   


I had wound one skein of Footscray into two 50 gram skeins, on a skein winder with a circumference of approximately 68″. The skeins were soaked in warm water with a little dish washing liquid prior to dyeing. We left them to absorb the dye for about half an hour, and then I placed them on a clean oven tray, and put them uncovered in a 100 degree celsius oven (200 degrees fahrenheit) for about a hour.  

Skeins prior to baking

I then placed the skeins into a lingerie bag, and put them on the machine wash wool cycle with some fabric softener.  The colours are surprisingly intense, and the striping is much liked by my small children. 

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If you would like single skeins of Footscray, please visit the Ebay Store. Of course, wholesale orders are also very welcome, and wholesale enquiries should be directed to ingrid at (replace ” at ” with @).

Sock yarns back in stock

April 23, 2008

Our classic sock yarn (now named Footscray) is back in stock, as is our beautiful new Bamboo/Wool/Nylon sock yarn named Bambaroo. Bambaroo is featured in the photo above.  It has a lovely smooth hand, and will be perfect for summer or light weight socks. Like our basic sock yarn, Footscray, it comes in 100 gram hanks that should be sufficient for most pairs of socks.

The yarn above was a factory sample that was overdyed using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes according to the instructions here.  You can compare it with the sample below, which was kettle dyed with Ashford acid dyes in purple and blue. 

Ashford dyed Bambaroo

This skein of Footscray was dyed at the same time, and you can see how the the wool absorbs the colors very quickly.


Footscray yarn dyes with Ashford dyes

Madder Rib Socks

March 20, 2008


These socks were knit from our 75% Wool/25% Nylon Fingering weight yarn in the pattern “Madder Ribbed Sock” from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. The yarn matches the gauge specified in the pattern, and no other alteration was made to the pattern except to knit them using the Magic Loop technique, and to make the leg 2.5 cm (1 inch) longer than specified in the pattern. They fit a US size 9 women’s foot, or a European 40. Over 25 grams of yarn (nearly one ounce!) was left over from a 100 gram skein.

The yarn was kettle dyed using Jacquard acid dyes in Sky Blue, Sapphire Blue, and Yellow Sun. White Vinegar was used as the fixative. I made a 30 inch skein, and soaked it a warm water with a good squirt of dish washing detergent.  Two dye solutions were made, one of a mixture of the blue dyes, and one of a mixture of Sapphire Blue with a little Yellow Sun (when combined this makes a brilliant emerald green). The green dye was added to the dye pot first, and half of the soaked skein was dipped in the pot until the dye seemed to be half exhausted.  Then the rest of the dye was added to the pot and all the yarn submerged.  The yarn was then left until all the dye was exhausted. This process gives a lovely subtly variegated yarn without the wrapping needed for other hand-painting methods.


We’ve been very happy with the durability of the socks made for our family from this yarn. It holds up very well to repeated washes in 40 degree celsius on the wool/delicate cycle, and air drying.


Beautiful socks created by TheWoolenDiva

January 21, 2008

TheWoolenDiva has sent Yarn Workshop further photos of her finished product – the socks.  You can see the wonderful variation in the yarn.


 In the close up you will see the detail of the yarn.