Today I spent the afternoon splashing in rainbow with glee and immersed in joyful chat about yarn and doing wonderful things to it. Or in other words, I took part in the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers wool dyeing workshop. It was run in the work area above The Constant Knitter on Francis Street in Dublin. The lovely Yvonne from the Dublin Dye Company run it and yes, I was just tiny little star struck! I’m a Dublin Dye Company fan and love their scrumptious sock yarns.
Yvonne gave us a little introduction into dyeing basics and using her own work as examples, just enough to take in, retain and use should we wish to repeat the process at home. We then got work area each, a plastic bowl, a pristine skein of creamy sock merino and plastic bottles of rainbow to play with under watchful eye of Yvonne, who with unending patience helped and answered million questions.
And play we did! It was so much fun to look what others were doing too.
We dyed and chatted unexpectedly easily – love of yarn does that to strangers! The fellow dyer across from me with a love of pink and purple turned out to be the lovely Jenny from Crafty Tails. Make sure you check out her fantastic blog too.
Here are my two skeins – the orange sunset colours are on sock weight and the tropical handpainted brights are on DK weight. The dyeing process took me right back to finger painting when I was a child, only better since the canvas is just best in the world – merino wool!
I’m delighted how they turned out. They are still wet now and need some gentle loving bath and drying tomorrow but I will show you how both skeins turned out. Now, what to knit with them… Whatever it is, you will see it here!