Hand Dying Yarn

Dreaming of Hand Dyed Yarns

11 thoughts on “Dreaming of Hand Dyed Yarns

  • June 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    The yarns are beautiful. Personally, I think the last hank is calling out to be the bodice of a cotton sundress. It just cries summer, fun, and relaxing. Thank you for your article. I’m off to check out
    Dream Big Crochet.

  • June 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Anna I really enjoyed your post and loved the colors you received from DREAM BIG CROCHET and Rachael and I had to immediately go to her page and check it out. I will probably order from her in the future because I love the colors you received. Thanks for the tips. I don’t know what would be a good project for your last hank of yarn but I am sure you will find something meant just for it in the near future. Be sure to let us know what you finally use it for.

  • June 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Hi Mikey…

    Love to see the projects from the hand dyed yarns…Just a thought you could trying weaving a scarf from the multicolored one which also happens to be one of my favorites. A bright scarf for a bright summer day perhaps?

  • June 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I think a baby dress would be perfect with those colors, complete with a matching accessory, like a headband, booties, bonnet, or sunhat. You could use solids to accentuate and save on using up all the colored yarn. I think those colors would make a fabulous Easter item.

    Also, a dog poncho would be cute, or even an adult poncho or vest that drapes to a point in the back would be lovely.

    • June 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I love your ideas! I wish I had enough of the yarn to make it though. LOL

  • June 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I haven’t had the chance to try hand dyed yarn, but I have loads favorited in my Etsy account.

    • June 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Ashleigh, it’s a must try! It’s so much fun experiencing new ways to crochet.

  • June 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    If that last hank were machine-washable, it would make a gorgeous baby item or two (maybe even a small baby blanket). I assume that hand-dyed yarn is probably going to be hand-wash only, however — in which case I would suggest something for the beach — maybe a tote bag or a shawl?

    Since so much of what I do is charity crochet, I have an excuse to continue using cheap acrylics, as they are (usually) machine-washable, which the charities require. I do like exploring within acrylic yarns, though, as there is quite a wide variety even within that category. I am not a die-hard loyalist of any one brand, and I always comparison-shop to get the best buy on suitable yarns.

    • June 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

      They do accept cotton for chemo caps because they are not as warm during the summer. Patons makes a beautiful cotton yarn…check out the e-tent Mikey always talk about. They have great clearance choices. There is shipping and handling but the two times I have ordered, they’ve thrown in extra yarn of different types.

      • June 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

        I love shopping in Spinrite’s e-tent! I remember once during President’s Day weekend I was able to stack weekend-only free shipping with that week’s “surprise package w/order” promotion (and my “surprise package” included 3 balls of Handicrafter Holidays in white, which have been great for dishcloths & potholders. Right now I’m looking longingly at their “case lot” promotions, and would love to be able to buy a case (36 skeins) of Bernat Mosaic or several balls of their “Tent Sale Big Ball Boucle” — but I would need to use up a lot more of my existing stash to make room. I’ve also shopped the clearance sections of the Lion Brand website and Mary Maxim (love their “yarn mystery boxes” for experimenting with new-to-me yarns!).
        You’re of course right that machine-washable cotton or cotton-blend yarns would also be good for charity crochet (and hats would require much less yarn than my usual afghans, thus making them an affordable project even with a premium-quality cotton yarn); however, cotton yarns (other than kitchen cotton) are a little harder for me to find locally. (Another good reason to shop for yarn online, then!)

    • June 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I love your ideas, Catherine! Thank you! I am loving exploring these different yarns!

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