Posts Tagged ‘kettle dyed yarn’

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.


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.