In Fiona's cosy workshop (trying to avert my eyes from the shelves of wool shaped goodness - blinkers on dear!) we bubbled and boiled, painted and dripped, squirted and squeezed and suddenly blank became beautiful!
The main thing I had to grasp was you cant really predict what is going to happen...these pesky liquids move, and those colours really morph into each other. I am sure there are ways of regulating it and more seasoned hand dyers will have their ways, but hey I am new to this! The creative control demon on my shoulder had to go on a short break while I embraced the unpredictability. I have now learnt that's obviously the magic of it.
I took my fresh experimental skeins to the shop, and there I carefully placed them on the counter hoping for the best, and you lovely yarn fans bought them! All of them! So, inspired and pumped by the feedback I am now on a dying- of -yarn roll. I am happy to announce that Darn It & Stitch now has an in -house yarn range. Hurrah!
The batches are small, and maybe two or three skeins of each colour are made so completely unique. The yarn is super, super soft. A delicious blend of baby alpaca, cashmere and silk. My personal favorites all rolled into one lovely, lovely yarn! I don't fancy ever try to re create the colours, so each batch will be new, different, and there will never be a beige. You may have noticed we don't really 'do' beige.
I will be in the shop all Valentines weekend with my latest batch, so come and say hello. Although you may have to prise the yarn from my hands.
|The latest batch...arriving Saturday 13th February!|
|My first bash at Rainbow dyes....lush!|
|Coral on sparkly Merino|
|Blue and green should never be seen...what a load of tosh!|