Category: creative projects
January 12th, 2021
Multicolor yarn is so fun to work with and relatively easy to achieve. One of the ways to achieve cheerful, multicolor yarn is to pool color in a shallow dye bath. Adding one color at a time gives you control over the color placement. Keeping the water shallow keeps the pigment in sections making the color pool around one area of yarn.
- 4 colors of acid dye
- Citric acid
- A skein of undyed yarn Egret
January 7th, 2021
Turmeric is a bright golden spice that you can find in most grocery stores. It is commonly used in curries and recently in golden milk. If you have ever cooked with it, you probably know that it stains bright gold very easily. This staining effect can be used to our advantage to create a beautiful golden yarn in your own kitchen!
The warm golden color of turmeric pairs perfectly with soft, and squishy yarn like Stratus that is perfect for knitting...
December 14th, 2020
Whether you are a veteran dyer or just getting started, there are a wide variety of terms that are helpful to learn. Today on the blog we are going to cover a variety of dyeing terms that will be useful to you wherever you are in your dyeing journey. Let’s get to it!
A pH less than 7. Many dyes require an acidic environment, which can be created by adding white vinegar or citric acid into the dye bath.
December 11th, 2020
So you’ve dyed your favorite skein of bare yarn! Now what? There are a few things to do at this phase that will be the best for your yarn. Today we will walk you through the basic steps needed to rinse your hand dyed yarn and care for it properly. This process picks up after you have heat set your yarn. If you hand painted your yarn, skip ahead to “let it cool.”
November 25th, 2020
Have you ever tried to hand dye a gradient on bare yarn? Many tutorials you will find online instruct you to make a gigantic loop of yarn. I tried to make a 50-foot long skein once. The whole endeavor had me tangled in knots! Not only did I transform my living room into a giant swift, but my cats were thrilled I created this cozy play structure for them!
November 16th, 2020
Queen of rainbow-hued knits Gina Röckenwagner wears many hats at Knomad. This talented yarn dyer oversees marketing and content creation, writing articles for our blog as well as coordinating marketing campaigns. Every day, Gina connects with our creative community of dyers as she manages Knomad’s social media channels. “I love seeing what people make with our yarn... what they dye, what they knit, crochet, and weave,” Gina...
November 1st, 2020
Whenever you start dyeing yarn, one of the most important things you can do is to keep a record of your process. Recording yarn weights, dye weights, extra notes, and more makes it so much easier to replicate your dyeing results again and again. Keeping a thorough dyer’s journal means that you do not need to rely on your own memory to get the dye results you want every time. Whether you’re getting ready to dye your very first skein, or you’ve...
October 20th, 2020
Before you add any kind of pigment to your yarn, there are a few key steps that are essential for preparing your yarn for the best outcome. These simple preparatory steps will ensure your dye baths are even and your results are replicable. Preparing your yarn in hanks ensures that it does not tangle while in a dye bath. Weighing your undyed yarn is important to know if you want to repeat the exact same dye process and provides base measurements that...
October 12th, 2020
Baby alpaca yarn is a treasure in a dyer’s arsenal. The delicate haze of baby alpaca and its delightful warmth make it a favorite for cold weather accessories and sweaters. Alpaca are naturally gentle on the ecosystem, making their fibre an environmentally friendly choice.
It can be tricky to dye alpaca, as the fibre does take a bit of coaxing to absorb the color to the intensity you might desire. Armed with a little bit of know how, we will have...
September 29th, 2020
At The Knitting Tree LA, Annette Corsino-Blair has a vision for creating a yarn shop that’s vibrant and welcoming to all. “I’ve recreated the neighborhood that I grew up in, which was pretty much every nationality you could think of,” says Annette. “I’ve always felt more comfortable in ethnically diverse environments. I want to build a place where everyone can come and feel welcome.”
Annette co-owns The Knitting...