Wool dyeing and winding

Weather Report

Rain, lots and lots of rain! 

Wool dyeing

We were asked last week how the spaghetti tangled mess dipped in the dye got sorted out....  

Here is an explanation.

The hanks of undyed yarn are tied in 4 places so that they are held in place. 

After washing or soaking for a while, I gently dip them in the dye pot and leave for about 40 mins, stirring occasionally.

Hand dyed yarn

Then they are rinsed until the dye stops running out and hung up to dry this is when they look a little sorry for themselves. 

Yarn winding on a swift

I put the dried hanks onto my Swift to wind into hanks or balls, the swift is a spinning holder for hanks and usually the yarn comes off quite easily.

Yarn winding
Hand dyed pink yarn

They are put onto the Niddy noddy to make hanks or a ball winder for balls.

Wool winder

I hope this helps to show that no hanks of yarn are harmed during this process....... :-)

Hank or skein
Blue yarn cake

Now a question do you prefer hanks or balls? There seems to be many different names for yarn as well, skein, hank, cake or ball. It can all get a bit confusing.

Current projects

I have finished this pair of socks. Very happy with how they have turned out…I am now crocheting a new blanket.

Wool and the gang knitted socks

Louise has finished the sleeves on the Wishes Cardigan a pattern by Joji Locatelli. Just the rest of the body to knit now.

Two sleeves - Wishes Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

Happy crafting,

Ali xxx