Roving Reporter: Natural Dye for Handspun Speckles
Speckles, shibori, flammegarn—there are many ways to refer to a resist-dyeing technique that leaves undyed spots on a skein as it emerges from the dyepot. After making samples in Saxon blue, I decided to try it on handspun sock yarn. I grabbed a smallish skein of 3-ply Horned Dorset that languished in my studio awaiting a dyepot. Off we go!
I vacillated between dreams of bright blue socks with white spots, like those used in the Norwegian Troms Bunad, and blue socks with dyed speckles. For this natural dye project, what might be shorter socks (due to my slightly too small skein of lonely handspun), I decided dyed spots would be the cat’s pajamas. Here is how it went:
My fresh, washed, and dried skein was destined for Anne Merrow’s Up+Down Socks. I love this pattern! Top-down and toe-up versions of the very same sock are included. With seven different size options, I can pick just the right cast-on for a snug sock in my handspun yarn. I chose the toe-up version this time so that I could make the best use of my small skein.
*WOG – Weight of goods. This is the dry weight of the skein.
Featured Image: Tie it tight for flammegarn speckles. Photos by Kate Larson.