Welcome to official blog for The Hand Dyed Yarn Swap. This is a fun swap where we hand dye yarn for our swap partner. Sign-ups for Round 4 are now open. We also have links for buying undyed yarn and supplies as well as tutorials for dyeing yarn.

Thursday, December 27, 2007


WOW I opened my Hand Dyed Yarn Swap 2 package from Tami on Christmas day and what a lovely package it was. Here is a photo of all the goodies I received.
I received coffee which is locally roasted in her city and is a favorite of hers, a glow in the dark Starbucks Travel Halloween mug that that I will save for next year which I can't wait to use, four small packets of Smarties, two stitch markers and a nice card. As you can see Tami sent me NOT one BUT two skeins of yarn she dyed for me. One is red and white called Vampire. AND the second one is called Penny's Colorway and it is pinks and blues. Loverly just loverly!!! Perfect colors for me.Actually both skeins of yarn were dyed perfect colors for me.

AND that is not all I received. I also got a couple of stitch markers that you may not be able to see clearly in the top photo so here is a closer view. I certainly hope there will be another dyed yarn swap as it was so much fun. I only wish my dyeing skills were as good as some you other gals in the swap. I guess with time they will get better, maybe.

Thank-you Tami for the wonderful swap package and for being so patient with me hanging on to it until Christmas day to open. BUT it sure helped make Christmas for me.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Present

My package from Nicole arrived on Christmas Eve, things have been a touch nuts around here so this is the first time I've had a chance to post the pictures.
Box and pretty packages-

Beautiful yarn-y goodness:

Goodies! (chocolate, tea - breakfast teas are my favourite, and I can now add Australian to my collection of English, Irish, and Scottish - mmmmmm-; a cute calendar of Australian animals, a post card of the Three Sisters).

Thank you so much Nicole, it is all so beautiful, and such a great Christmas present.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Yarn Received by Moa

I got my yarn on Tuesday from Debbi and just got pictures of it today. She said the yarn I sent her was received last week. Heres the pic of the yarn and loverly stitch markers she sent as well.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Late! I know.
Barbara sent me this yarn, along with some other neat things; candles, chocolate covered Altoids, a mini white board for my fridge, and a scarf-weaving kit. Unfortunately, I didn't get the scarf kit in the picture.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Finially (very late), pictures

I am finally getting these pictures posted that I promised days ago! Natalie dyed this beautiful yarn and sent it with a cute notebook, chocolate mints, tissues, and another pet for us. Oribel had to check everything out as usual! Thanks so much Natalie! I am looking forward to knitting with this!

Look what the Postman brought for me today!

When I got this package I new right away what was inside! In all my excitement I almost ate the dog treats (The Hot Dog says THANK YOU!). Inside my package was: the most gorgeous colored yarn, Mary Engelbreit note pad, a cute doggy calendar keychain, Tea party stitch markers, some fun crafting scissors (which my 2yo swiped and immediately ran off with), doggie treats, and a sweet card.

Here is a closeup of the Yarn. This is probably my favorite colorway, because it reminds me of the living in the Sonoma California Wine Country! To check out Kena's other talents, click here

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Received my yarn from Norway

I got my yarn from Heidi Kim last week. The yarn is stunning and amazing. My pictures can only be described as craptastic; you could probably leave off the "tastic" and you'd be correct. Between finals and long days at work and a new camera being on my list for Santa this year...excuses, excuses, I know, and Heidi Kim deserves better--the yarn she sent me is just wonderful. I will do my best to get pictures posted to the blog soon!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Through the grapevine....

My hand dyed yarn package came in the other day and look how pretty! It also came with swedish fish, but those didn't last long enough to make it into the picture. Hattie dyed it for me and called the colorway grapevine. It's fingering weight superwash, so I can knit the prettiest socks ever.

You can't tell so much from the picture because of the poor lighting, but the yarn is green and deep purple with some touches of brown and sky blue. It's gorgeous. Thanks Hattie! More about my pretty new yarn here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

From Australia to Ontario, Canada

Kate your package is on it's way and should be there in 10 business days (usual time). Merry Christmas :)

Thanks Penny!

I received a great package from Penny.She sent some very pretty hand dyed yarn using some of my favorite colors, purple/red/blues, isn't the blue just gorgeous. She did a marvelous job. Penny also included some Swedish Berries(my fav), lotion for my dry hands(much appreciated), a pretty little box with a purple beaded bracelet inside and a kaleidoscope(not shown, Collin has it and is having a blast), lol. Thanks so much Penny, I look forward to making a new pair of tweedy socks in the new year!

More pics on my blog
Faery Fiber

Monday, December 10, 2007

My yarn is here, my pictures aren't

I did get my beautiful yarn from Natalie last week, I just haven't gotten my act together to post pictures yet. I am the slacker, not her. Really, I was running late on mailing out too, but it is in teh mail now. Pictures tomorrow, I promise!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Better late than never!

As promised, I've finally gotten around to photographing my yarn from Paula. Isn't it beautiful?? There's also the wonderfully smelling soap. What's not seen are all the edibles as we've devoured those long ago~ dark chocolate, Swedish fish and gummy clown fish. MMmmmmm good! Thanks again, Paula!! Sorry it's taken me so long to post a photo!

Got my yarn!

I received my package in the mail yesterday when I went to the post office. Inside was some gorgeously soft yarn in bright blue and a reddish brown. It reminds me of somewhere with red dirt and bright blue skies. Some soap from Italy, koala's for my kiddo's from Australia, and maple sugar candies (which hubby was eyeing all night lol). There was a card too...but it disappeared right after I read it!Thank you Mary, I love it all!

My Yarn is here!

My yarn is here, and it's beyond wonderful! Just look. Isn't the yarn simply stunning? It is from the wonderful Jan, of Jan Knit and I am so in love with it. The roving is a silk/merino and it is the most pet-able roving. I spent the longest time after I opened the package just fondling it. I have never felt anything that soft.

Thank you Jan! I'm drinking some of the tea and thoroughly enjoying my swap. I was thinking I would have to sit out the next round because I'm very over committed early next year, but this was so much fun that I'm going to have to do it again!

paper & fiber arts


Friday, December 7, 2007

Yummy Yarn from Mollie! Thank you!

I received my package from Mollie right before I left on a road trip... now that I'm back and my camera is charged, I wanted to share the yarny goodness she sent me!

She sent coffee, a cute (and big!!) mug, stitch markers and wool wash, all of which were wonderful extras, but best of all... smooshy yarn in glorious blues and purples!

Here's one last closeup of the yarn:

I can't wait to see how it knits up. Thank you, Mollie.

My blog: Needleplay
My yarns: Siren Song Yarns


Tammy I received your package yesterday and right now I am just letting you know it arrived and saying thank-you. I will be waiting until Christmas to open it. I hope you don't mind. Seems like I will be getting some lovely specially dyed for yarn for Christmas.
You will be getting a full and proper thank-you once I have opened it.
I hope you don't mind if I wait. It isn't that far away now. Please check my blog at http://pennypurlsandkittyknits.blogspot.com/ &/or back here on this blog at Christmas time for photos of my now still boxed treats. I am planning to have myself one lovely Christmas this year.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I got package from Corey - THANK YOU!

Whoo hoo, it feels like xmas. This is my first swap. I love it. The yarn is very pretty, will match perfectly with my birkie.. Love the goodies too. Just yummy.. You can't see it too well from the pictures, but there's also stitch markers. Can't wait to finish my other projects so I can start my socks with this yarn..
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Thank You Heather!

Thank you Heather! I love everything and the yarn is gorgeous. I think i'm going to use the yarn for something lacey. :)

Monday, December 3, 2007

I'm Not Worthy!

Wow! What an amazing package I got from Celena today! I can tell she put a lot of thought into it and looked into some of my other interests. Here's what she included, clockwise, from the upper right:

1. Nice Impressionist card - "Pond Lillies" by Allott Fuller Graves

2. Vertigo chocolate-caramel pop. Celena recommends letting it melt into a cup of coffee. It may not last that long.

3. THE YARN. My stupid flash makes it look more red, but it is a lovely deep purple-burgundy with indigo and navy blue. Can't wait to ball it up and try it out!

4. Pink Frosting body butter by Simple Pleasures. Alas, this is not edible.

5. Cute stitch markers that spell out YARN

6. Thick stack of green quilting squares! All kinds of patterns; two of my favorite motifs are showing - leafs and stars.

7. Underneath it all is a green canvas tote, perfect for groceries or craft stash. Not sure of the dyeing method used on the tote (batik maybe?) but I love it.

Thank you so much, Celena! I hope you like the things I sent.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Swap Arrived in Oregon

I was so happy to see a box on my step Friday when I got home from work. I had come home early due to a migraine and that box really lifted me up. Which just goes to show that wool heals. Also chocolate. Thanks swap pal this was fun. ANd I love the purples.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Anyone else notice the blue theme we have going on with the yarn so far? :)

And speaking of blues ... here's the yarn I sent my pal during Round 1.

Friday, November 30, 2007


I finally got around to mailing out my swap package to Tammy last this afternoon. It won't get picked up until tomorrow morning. It should get there sometime next week just a few days late. I am so sorry it will a couple of days late. Please forgive me.

apology note to Joyce...

It's late. I'm so sorry.
Please be gentle with me.
It'll be there soon.
Love, JanKnit

Finally Mailed

Poor Celena! Not only did she put this whole thing together, but she got stuck with me for a swap partner! Well, it may not arrive today, but her package finally hit the mail on Thursday, so I hope it will be there before too long.

Thanks, Celena! Hope you like your yarn!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I got my packet from Susan.

Hi all.

Today I got my packet from Susan, there where two skein with yarn.

The problem with me, is that I love hand dyed yarn so I just store it in my basket and look at it very often :o) They are so great and lovely in colors, need to think what I am going to knit of the skein.

Susan had also send me some sweets from See's, yiah I love it Susan. They are handmade and I have just take one bit, they are so lovely to look at. But taste better, so I am sure that the box soon will be empty.

Thank you again so much Susan, this packet was just great. I hope you get yours soon.



I received a wonderful package from Joyce! The yarn is gorgeous!! I absolutely love the blues and grays. Also included were some lovely goodies...a lavender sachet with some of her fantastic elliebelly graphics, a darling spinning wheel stitch marker, a magnet and a hand-made card. As soon as I finish making my holiday gifts, I'm knitting blue socks for me!! Thank you, Joyce!!

PS...she does great stuff. Go check out her site!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


My package from Paula arrived today! She hand dyed a wool/bamboo/nylon blend in beautiful blue/purple/brown/pink/green. It is just lovely and shiny! She also sent Swedish Fish and Clown Fish and delicious dark chocolates! And I love the Bitter Orange & Patchouli soap~ it smells oh-so-good! I'm spoiled! My camera's packed away and batteries need charged, so I'll post photos later.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Last night after an **** busy day I arrived home to find a box tucked away on the porch away from the rain. Thankyou Kate for my treats!
Canadians rock!
Here are the photos as promised!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Here are the photos...

of my beautiful yarn (and goodies) from Felicia....

Its Here!!!

My package from Felicia arrived to day and all I can say is OMG!!! It is just beautiful. I will have to post photos later as I still have my camera packed from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you so much Felicia!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Five Faves

I followed Celena's five favorite suggestion. You can see the post if you click here.

My yarn is in the dyeing process today. I think I like it, which is pretty good since it usually takes me about 3 dyeing sessions to get the yarn to look how I want it, and even then it doesn't always work. Hopefully this does work as well as I dare hope, and will be dry and in the mail on Monday.

Friday, November 23, 2007

On it's way

Hi Brooke: I just wanted to let you know that your package will be out in tomorrow's mail. Keep an eye out for it. Enjoy & happy knitting. Happy Holidays as well.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Your Favorite Things ....

I was listening to Christmas music today and one of my favorite songs gave me and idea. Just for fun and to help your pal get to know you a little better ... on your own blog, list five of your favorite things.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I just ordered my yarn! Ack! It's from Knit Picks, and they are usually pretty quick, so here's hoping. The month just got away from me.

I kinda have in mind what I want to do, tho, so that's about 60% of the battle down. The rest is getting it to work!

In the mail


I just got back from the post office, your package is in the mail.

They said it should take about 2 weeks, but I think it will probably be more like 3+, sorry about that :( . But it is on its way!

*crosses fingers for easy passage through customs etc*


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another New Swapper

Hi y'all! I'm new with this swap and excited about doing this! I have the nicest swap partner -- she emailed with all kinds of questions and got me really up for dyeing yarn for her. I can't wait to put her package together!

For those of you who are so inclined, i would love it if you would drop by my blog. I have a small art & yarn dyeing business online, Elliebelly, and I thought it would be cool to raise some money to combat hunger with yarn. I'm going to lottery a few of my skeins every week, with the proceeds going to Heifer.Org to help families in need buy sheep. I know it's sort of kitschy -- yarn=sheep -- but I figure it's something I can do to help so I'm going to. I would love to have you come take a look and help me get the word out!