Hello Color Lovers!
Meet our new fall colored Mohair Boucle :)
A little backstory:
I have been working with yarn for more than half of my life, but one thing I can say I've never done is color dyeing. As many times as I've seen the dyeing process performed by others, I've never actually tried it myself. So when I had the opportunity last weekend to dye some Mohair Boucle with Carrie, I was pretty excited!
Of all the things I could say about the experience, I think the most fascinating thing about yarn dyeing is the sheer amount of possibilities. There's really is no limit to the color combinations and techniques you can do; which is both overwhelming and (as an artist) exhilarating.
At The Yarn Barn we primarily dye with acid dyes, which hold a brighter, stronger color than other forms of dye. Dyeing with acid dye requires a small understanding of chemistry, as there are many factors that determine the outcome of the color, including water temperature, amount of vinegar (to balance pH), fiber type, and concentration of dye, to name a few.
I have not yet figured out these techniques, seeing as none of the colors I envisioned ever came to life. But it's okay because i LOVE the way the fall colors turned out!!
Now that I've tried it, I think I can say that yarn dyeing is something every knitter should try at least once. Its a great way to get to know your yarn better and have some creative control on how it looks! There's different methods of dyeing but these are the directions I used and they were very easy to follow. www.dharmatrading.com/information/jacquard-acid-dye.html.
By the way, these vibrant boucles are available in our store, so be sure to come check them out :)
Anyway, enough about me.
Let's talk about the rest of The Yarn Barn family!
As you probably know, we have less than 2 weeks until the wool gathering, so things have been pretty busy around here. After processing a staggering 730 pounds in the mill last month, Robbie and Emma have been working full speed into September to beat last month's record. The mill is running six days a week and averaging over 30 pounds a day, which is pretty impressive for a tiny 2 person team :)
Carrie and I have been preparing the entire store to be transported to the Wool Gathering next weekend. We are planning on having a killer booth this year (think tulle, lights, ribbons and lots and lots of cozy fiber), so most of our time has been spent designing for that. All of the yarn, roving, rugs, patterns, kits, and knitting needles we have in our store right now will be going with us to the festival!
Liz has been knitting and crocheting up a storm as usual and has managed to finish some beautiful creations this week. Currently, she is designing a pattern for the crochet zig-zag scarf below that will debut at the Wool Gathering. She also recently finished the Crocus Cap and Blanket ( I am in love with the lace pattern) which are both Knitspot patterns available in our store. If you'd like to see more of Liz's work, check her out on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ilovetheyarnbarn/ .
Hopefully you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather and preparing for colder months. If you're anything like me, you just want to curl up with some hot tea and knit away on these chilly evenings.
Thanks for staying up to date with us and stayed tuned next week for more from us here at The Yarn Barn!