Kissed by the Sun: The Art of Solar Dyeing

Spend some time outdoors with beautiful colors and harness the power of the sun! Artist Caitlin ffrench explains how to dye yarn or fiber with natural materials and solar energy; hence, solar dyeing! Originally published in knitscene Summer 2013. Solar dyeing is a natural method that requires very little work and results in non-repeatable, beautiful […]

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I: On Water Like many fiber artisans, Sarah Lake Upton, of Upton Yarns, has a day job to facilitate her vocation in hand-dyed yarns. . . except it’s actually a six-weeks-at-a-time job, about three thousand miles from home. She’s an assistant engineer aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion, an eco-cruise ship whose itineraries range from Alaska […]

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Color Balance Beyond Clown Barf

Folks, I have to confess something shameful, in hopes that it will raise awareness and prevent needless suffering. Although I love to knit with color, too much color unnerves me. After years of therapy, I finally understood why: it’s my clown barf phobia. And I’m not alone. What is clown barf? It’s an all-too-common condition […]

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How to Spin Yarn Like a Master Dyer

Felicia Lo, Founder and Creative Director of SweetGeorgia Yarns and author of Dyeing to Spin & Knit, can dye yarn and fiber like no one else. But did you know that she’s also a beautiful spinner herself? We wondered how her work as a dyer affects the way she spins her own yarn. How to […]

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