Category Archives: Dyeing

Earth Day Inspiration

“Dear old world…You are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” -Lucy Maud Montgomery   It seems a little trite to “celebrate” Earth one day out of the year. While I’d like to think of it more as an everyday conscientious kinda thing,  we might as well join in the festivities, albeit a day late, and take a little time to ...

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Monthly Yarn Sale – Dyeable Bare Yarns!

Every month we highlight a different yarn line for our monthly yarn sale. This month's stunner is our line of Bare, dyeable yarns! Most of our existing (and even some of our discontinued) lines are represented in this lineup. Always 100g, these yarns tend to be less expensive because they're undyed which makes them ideal for budget-friendly knits in addition to being the ideal way to explore hand-dying. Getting the exact color you've always wanted has never been easier!

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Dive into Dying Yarn!

Dying your own yarn can be so much fun! DIY your very own color palette for your next project or experiment with zany hand painted colorways for the perfect pair of socks that are just so you! We have yarn perfect for dying, kits and a large range of books tailored for dyers of all skill levels.

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My First Yarn Dyeing Adventure

Back in the day, before Photoshop was my artistic tool of choice, I loved to paint. Oil, acrylic, watercolor and charcoal delightfully muddied up my bedroom. These days, my home is cluttered with a different method of creative expression: yarn dyeing! I started with a just a few colors in Greener Shades Dye, several skeins of Knit Picks Wool of ...

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Save With Bare Yarn 20 packs!

Indie dyers rejoice! Your favorite dyeable yarns are available with a bulk discount! You can save 15% off the regular Bare yarn prices when you buy a package of 20 dyeable skeins. Most of our popular yarn lines are also available in a Bare version, from Billow to Swish Worsted so there's a yarn for every project and preference.

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Wildcraft Studio School Natural Dye Class

Last summer I was lucky enough to be able to take a day long class at the Wildcraft Studio School about an hour and a half outside of Portland. It was so nice to be able to spend the day outside exploring the woods and gathering plants with a group of other people interested in natural dyes and I came away with some insight into where I can find some of these plants on my own. I'll be talking about dyeing with Blackberry, Sheep Sorrel, Horsetail, Lupine and Fennel on wool yarn and silk fabric.

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Intro to Dyeing with Idyes

Have you ever heard of idyes? Me, neither! Alison, our fearless Knit Picks Director, tells me that they're acid dyes (like the kind Kim uses) but have a combination of cellulosic dye (for plant fibers such as cotton) and protein fiber dye (for animal fibers like silk), allowing you to use them on a large range of natural fiber projects. Inside each envelope is a little water-soluble packet (kind of like those dishwasher detergent nuggets) which you just pop into your washing machine and Vwalaa! You've dyed your own yarn.  I asked her to describe her process and take some photos. Here we go! From Alison: "IDye packets can be a nice option for folks who

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An Intro to Jacquard Dyeing

Have you ever dyed fiber with Jaquard Acid Dyes? Neither have I! Kim here at Knit Picks is a pro, though. So I asked her to do some dyeing and take some photos, and she made it looks so easy!  She has two methods: one uses a crockpot and takes about 3 hours (including cooling time) and one uses a microwave and takes about (wait for it) 4 minutes! Can you believe it? It's totally clean and easy, too. Here's Kim's description of each method: From Kim: "I love to dye fiber! The bolder the better! Here I’m showing you two techniques that I used with wool fiber.

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An Intro to Natural Dyeing

This week we're celebrating the dyeing process. Do you know anything about dyeing yarn? I know nothing. Hannah here at Knit Picks does, though! She even took a class on natural dyeing. So I asked her to show me how to dye yarn from a few blossoms she found in her garden and it was so easy I couldn't believe it. She wrote up the details and I made a video. Click through if you'd like to see! Harvesting: "I picked both Hollyhock (left) and Marigold (right)  flowers from my garden in August.

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An Introduction to Color Theory

Whether you're wanting to create a custom Fair Isle palette or are looking to experiment with dyeing one of our special reserve Bare yarns, it all starts with color. Which is why this week we'll be exploring more about color theory! Color is all around us - it has the ability to affect our mood, it can make us feel energized, it can make us sleepy, it can make us hungry. And yes, it can even affect our knitting and crocheting! Although the study of color is quite complex, getting a good foundation of the basics is all you need to expand the possibilities of your craft.  

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