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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dyers Unite!

Hi ladies. Check the board on Ravelry when you get a chance. There's a thread titled "Dyers Unite! Will you join me?" that I would like for you to check out. Thanks. :)

pictures at last

Pictures at last of the beautiful pacakge of hand dyed yarn that Cathy sent to me. I have been so busy with family here from England that this is the first chance I have had to post pics. As you can see she did an awesome job and I cannot thank her enough, it makes me very sad to see she was herslef flaked on after she did such a wonderful job for me.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Angel without a photo - oops!

Yes, it was me who sent a little something to our dear Cathy-Cate. Since I had to dye it up and get it out fast, I couldn't find a photo to suit the needs of the colours I had in mind. So she got yarn but no picture.

I hope she enjoys anyway :-)

Here is a photo of the yarn, from my end. I thought I had a photo of them once re-skeined, but I can't find it! So here is the yarn before reskeining, as seen in Cathy-Cate's photo:

I used a mix of Jaquard Acid dyes and Louet Gaywool Dyes, and used the hand-dipped/dip-dyeing method, rather than kettle-dyeing, to get a repeatable in-the-round colour pattern.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

An Angel From Canada!

Thanks so much to Ursa, who took pity on my yarn-less state and sent this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn which arrived yesterday afternoon, lighting up a grey day.

In real life, the colors are a little deeper -- my very favorite jewel tones. Beautiful!

She has more similarly lovely yarn and roving at her etsy shop, Roaring Bravado.

Thanks so much, Ursa! I very much appreciate it!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Look at my yarn!

A very belated public thank you to Lindsey. I absolutely love this yarn--so much that I started knitting with it immediately. I love how the colors pooled into zigzags on this scarf.
So far, I've only used half the skein. The pattern is Yellow Dog's Trellis Lace Scarf free on ravelry.
I love this swap!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Especially for Natalie

Here's a shot of the yarn I sent to Natalie last month. She told me she likes LOTS of color and prefers DK weight sock yarn. The photo that inspired this yarn was a gorgeous picture of Party Fuchsias...one of my favorites! I can't wait to see what she makes from this fun yarn!


Monday, September 8, 2008

From Bridget to Shelly

This was my greeting as i returned home after my evacuation to Texas from Hurricane Gustav.
Thanks for your patience in awaiting my post to this blog. Bridget was inspired by an early morning sunrise photo she took after a long nights work. The sun is just rising and the dark blue sky is fading into the horizon.

The yarn she dyed for me is beautiful; wonderful hues of pink, white, red, and soft purple signalling "a new morning" combined with "end of the day" dark blues and purples. I LOVE the YARN Bridget Made for me! i plan to make a pair of pedicure socks. Bridget also made 5 little silver leaf stitch markers and included them with a butterfly paperweight, breakfast blend coffee, and some handmade peach soap. This was all worth waiting for!

My home never lost electricity and i am OK. This was my first swap ever and i enjoyed it all so much. I think i now have a new hobby: dying yarn. This swap has inspired me. Now i just have to study, drink some breakfast blend, knit, study more; so i can start to earn my first money; money that i will inevitably spend on yarn and more swaps!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

so sorry.

I am firstly so sorry I have not done this earlier.

I recieved an absolutely amazing package from Cathy and I jsut have not had time to post. suprise visitors all the way from england kind of freaked me out.

anyway Cathy did a wonderful job with dying my yarn I cannot wait to use it. She did it in many shades of blue it looks almost like denim. 2 skeins. But that was not all she also sent to me a dyed sock blank in blues, a set of lovely knitting themed note cards, a wonderful pattern to use for my sock yarn , cherry blossom socks which are beaded at the top, so she also sent me the beads to go with
and many candy items all of which were eaten the day they arrived not all by me i have to add.

thanks cathy for a lovely package.
i will post pictures later this morning as my camera is in the car and i really wanted to get this done as it has been so long

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thank You Cari!!!

Thank you so much Cary for the wonderful package! Peach cobbler inspired yarn with her peach cobbler recipe. Also a great pattern she wrote for mittens and socks. And even more ... two samples of spinning fiber from her farm! I was spoiled rotten! :)

And thank you to everyone who volunteered to be an angel. Sorry I haven't gotten back to anyone yet. I will shortly. We've had a super busy past week filled with a birthday party, my son's first day of school, selling my car & in the process of buying another one. I'm looking forward to resting this coming weekend. :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Falling Leaves

It arrived in the mail this week ~ along with the full moon, clear cold nights and change in the air that signals autumn...my favorite time of the yarn and my yarn gift from Natalie:

Beautiful yarn in flaming fall colors and a pattern written by Natalie herself called Falling Leaves. The photo that inspired her is inspiring to me, too...I love it!

I did reskein the yarn (see below) and I really, really want to start on the socks right NOW ~ LOL ~ but I have so many other little projects close to completion that I should finish first. But couldn't I at least cast on?!?

Thank you so much, Natalie, and thank you Celena for a fun swap!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thank You Kristie!!

Today I received a package from my fabulous swap partner, Kristie. I LOVE IT!!!

Hand Dyed Yarn Swap

She sent me this beautiful yarn and the picture that inspired it. Not only that, she also sent me New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bhordi and some Ghirardelli chocolate.

Yarn and Picture

I can’t wait to find the perfect pattern to make myself a pair of socks. Thanks so much Kristie!!

First Sock Done

I have the first sock finished.
I looked through all my
books until I found the perfect
pattern. I ended up using Embosed Leaves
Socks out of the Interweave
Knits Favorite Socks.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out now for sock number 2.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


As scheduled I received my hand dyed sock yarn on Monday. It's funny now when I look back on the emails from Celena, because it was me that she wanted to surprise, and boy did she! Not only did she dye the perfect colorway for the sock pattern I've been itching to knit, but she also dyed merino/nylon spinning fiber! Oh, the two together bring me back to "The Crush" season in Sonoma,CA. My yarn is perfumed by the fragrance of the most adorable chocolate goat's milk soap in the shape of a sheep. Do you know how hard it is not to eat it! Underneath it all you'll see the largest knitting bag I now own. Oh the possibilities!

Thanks, Celena, for all your thoughtful touches.


Ursa's yarn from Susan

So my package arrived today. The person dyeing yarn for me hadn't contacted me so I didn't know who she was. And surprise! It's Susan, or JustKeepKnitting from San Fran. She certainly paid attention to the colours I like, as the skein contains my favourites - blues, greens, purples, burgundy...
It came with a fun sock purse and a lovely card with a painting on it of some wine, a big wedge of watermelon, what looks like a half of a cataloupe melon, both on plates. With the variety of colours on this painting, the colours she could have used are varied indeed: gold, creamy yellow, white, the pink/red of the watermelon flesh.
The yarn up close.

Thanks again, Susan!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Yarn From Cassandra For Meghan

I received this in the mail on Friday, but was unable to get pics up until today.

I love love love what Cassandra sent me!! It is based off of my Wedding colors (we will celebrate our 3rd Anniversary this October)
Ironically it came in the mail the same day as a Jury Summons for Kings County Superior Court for, no lie, September 11th...

The Yarn was by far the better of the 2 things in my mailbox that day!