Well...helllllo! I've been busy. Oh yes! I've been dyeing yarn and preparing to open my own Etsy shop! Never heard of Etsy?! Think of it as a online store with tons of smaller stores inside...all online and all either vintage or (my favorite) HOME MADE!! I, of course, fall into the latter category.
I started experimenting with yarn and dyes many years ago. First with Koolaid and food coloring then with acid dyes. I made two awesome skeins of Koolaid self striping yarn for socks...I still have them. This was probably 10+ years ago. I had fun but the colors weren't too great. They were pretty, but not very vibrant in color...missing that "wow" factor you feel when you see yarn you HAVE to buy. You know? Anyway, fast forward to a few months back (that sounds weird)....I decided to try acid dyes (again) but this time, with the benefit of Youtube, I felt more armed and dangerous with my ability to really get good color saturation. The first skein I did was a mixture of three colors: Sun Yellow, Sapphire Blue and Hot Fuchsia.
The ladies at knit group went bananas over this color and asked if I was going to dye some more yarn and in what colors. So a couple friends gave me yarn-to-dye that they didn't want, some dyes they had...and I started experimenting! As I would bring in my newly dyed skeins...my knit friends would buy them up! My knit group friends have been a huge influence in my success and confidence in this new adventure. I can't thank them enough!!
I knit these socks with a tonal colorway I call Beach House:
I love dyeing yarn so much that opening up a shop on Etsy was a natural progression.
Last week I finally opened the shop. It's called End of the Row Yarns. I feature sock yarns in a variety of bases. All are machine wash so far! Here's a peek at my yarns. Some of these are listed already...some will be listed in the very near future.
I try to have a nice variety of tonal colors and variegated. The tonals are perfect for lacy patterns, cables and such...your pattern won't get lost in a nice tonal. The variegated is dyed in a random way to keep pooling to a minimum (or not at all!). Either one would make beautiful socks, of course, but also shawls, baby items, cowls, scarves and infinity cowls/scarves. Ok, so pretty much anything you can make with one skein.
Please visit my shop and have a look at all the pretties!
All the yarn is hand dyed by me in my kitchen. I ship items in 1-2 days so you don't have to wait too long for your yarn. I know how knitters hate to wait for yarn, I do too!! I also put in a little surprise in each shipment...another little hand made item just for my customers! I do like saying that...my customers!!
Have a great day!