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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Questionnaire for Round 3

To sign up, please send answers to this questionnaire to yarnswap@intergate.com.

1. Name and mailing address:
2. Website/blog (if you have one):
3. Ravelry username, (if you have one):
4. Email Address (I know I have it already but this is for your pal):
5. Have you ever dyed yarn before?
6. What are your favorite colors?
7. Are there any colors you really don’t like?
8. Do you have a preference for yarn weight? For example, do you prefer to knit with larger yarn (worsted, bulky, etc) or with smaller yarn (dk, fingering, etc)
9. Are you allergic to any fibers?
10. Have you participated in any other swaps? If yes, which one(s)?
11. What other hobbies do you have besides knitting/crochet?
12. Do you have pets? Kids?
13. Is there a pattern (or two or three) that you’ve had your eye on for a while that you really want to knit but still don’t have the yarn for?
14. What are the last three things you knit? Were they for you or did you give them away?
15. What’s on your needles right now?
16. If you had to pick only one type of item to knit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
17. Are you willing to ship internationally or would you prefer a pal in the same country?
18. Are you willing to send more than 100 grams of yarn or would you prefer to keep it to that amount? Please don’t feel obligated to say “yes”. This question is just to help me assign swap partners.
19. Is there anything else you would like your swap pal to know about you?
20. What type of project would you like to receive in this swap? (Just delete things you don’t want and feel free to add something that isn’t there as long as it’s not something that requires a large amount of yarn like a sweater or blanket. If you want a total surprise then just put that but don’t be disappointed if you don’t give any direction and then don’t like what you get.)
· Hat
· Scarf
· Toy
· Household item (pillow, felted bowl, etc)
· Wrap or Shrug
· Mittens or Gloves
· Socks
· Purse/Handbag
· Felted Bag
· Market/Shopping Bag
· Baby Sweater or Dress
· Hat & Booties
21. Do you sell anything knitting related? (yarn shop, online shop, etsy shop, etc) If so, please list your website(s)

Friday, January 18, 2008

My hand dyed yarn

I finally just got to snapping a photo of my hand dyed yarn.

A belated thank you

Here's part of the package that I got from Cathy! She not only sent me her own dyed yarn, but some Twisted yarn!
My son uses the tin for his crayons now!
Here's what I knit:
The variegated yarn is from the first round from JanKnit! I'm going to be putting the pattern on ravelry in a couple of days.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Just a Thought ....

If you've knit something using yarn you received during The Hand Dyed Yarn Swap AND you are on Ravelry, please add that project to the group page. We'd love to see!

And also, the idea for Round 3 is developing itself ... please stop by the group page on Ravelry and give us your input. I'll be changing the polls soon here on the blog to reflect the updated idea (not different ... just better) as well as adding a couple of lists to the sidebar that go along with the updated idea. Stay tuned ... this is going to be F-U-N! :-)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I'm late, I'm late! For a very important date!

My sincere apologies to Heidi Kim for posting these pictures so terribly late. Heidi Kim sent an amazing package but I had some serious camera woes. I finally got a new camera last night (and it works!) so....on to the pictures!

hand-dyed sock yarn from HK angora

Beautiful sock yarn in a brilliant sapphire blue with spots of lighter blue, red, and purple. It is really pretty and I'm looking forward to knitting with it.

Hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn from Heidi Kim

Next we have the best surprise of all--HAND SPUN YARN! Wow--Heidi Kim, you really blew me away with this. Heidi Kim wrote that she had ordered a sock yarn blank but didn't think it was going to get there in time, so she started spinning some sock yarn to dye. It is a wonderfully soft 50/50 BLF/merino blend that she dyed a semi-solid lavender.

Hand Dyed Yarn Swap package

In addition to the yarn, Heidi Kim send DPN holders (very handy) and some teas and Norwegian chocolate (long gone). Heidi Kim--thank you so much for your generous swap package. It is all just lovely and I am enjoying it very much.

Round 2 Over!

We had another great round of the hand dyed yarn swap. I only needed one angel over the past two rounds ... I think that's a pretty great statistic for a swap. Now that round 2 is over i'm working on details for round 3. I'm going to change things up a bit to keep it interesting. Stay tuned for details, dates and polls.

Happy Knitting!

~Celena (swap mom)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Aren't they wonderful? Can you read the colorway names? Cranberry Sauce and Brrrr!
Love it!
But just like on late-night-TV informercials --
That's not all!

Chocolatey treats; and knitting/pattern/calendar treats; and:

the most cool knitted wire flower, posing aesthetically on a tree reflection!

Thanks, Bridget! I love it all, but especially the yarn, it's so me!