My Yarn FAQs
My artisanal yarns are hand dyed in micro batches. There are only 1-6 skeins of a colorway dyed each lot. No two skeins will ever be exactly the same... even in the same dye lot! It is what makes artisanal hand dyed yarns special. I do make a lot of effort to hand dye in keeping with how the colorways have been designed to look.
Where do my OOAKs come from? When inspired, I just play and create colorways that cannot be recreated. Many of my colorways will be these. Some dye days, a batch does not meet a colorway "standard", and they become my little rebels. Sometimes, I get 1 or 2 unique No Dye Left Behind skeins from the excess dyes from a dye day. Some amazing pastel colorways are a result of this.
I only use professional dyes and, as much as I can, reuse most of the water when dyeing. I also do my best to adopt a No Dye Left Behind dyeing practice.
My studio space is dedicated to dyeing and is a smoke free and pet friendly environment.
During the dyeing process, the dyes are fixed to the fibers using food grade citric acid as a mordant and the use of heat. These two allow the fibres to open up enable the dye color to adhere to the fibres. After the dyeing process, the skeins are washed 3-4 times to remove the excess dyes that have not adhered to the fibres and are "floating on the surface of the fibre".
I would like to take this opportunity to address a few common questions you may have about artisanal hand dyed yarns. If you have any other questions or concerns, please reach out to me via the contact form below.
Why does the yarn I received not match the colors I have on my mobile phone, tablet or computer screen?
The skeins have been photographed as close to the actual colorways as possible. However, different settings on your digital device may show colors differently on your screen.
Sometimes, not being a professional product photographer gets frustrating on "picture days". I have to admit, for me, it can be quite difficult to photograph those beautiful shades of aqua, deep reds, and subtle tonals. If only I could teleport the yarn into your hands for 5 minutes so you can squeeze, inspect and see the colors of the yarn!
Can I knit or crochet the yarn I purchased as is?
NO! The hand dyed yarn I sell are in the form of a hank or skein. It needs to be wound into a cake or ball before it can be used to knit or crochet! You cannot use it as is!
I offer a winding service for a fee per skein purchased for your convenience. You can add this to your order if you don't own a swift and/or winder or don't feel like doing it yourself at home.
If you want to do it yourself and would like to know how, you can refer to this instructional video by KnitPicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8gi4WH3hEU
How can I avoid big color differences between skeins of the same colorway when knitting or crocheting a project?
Make sure you purchase enough of the colorway at the same time to be able to complete your project.
Also, to achieve a more balanced color distribution when using more than a skein of the same colorway, alternating skeins every 2-3 rows is recommended.
How do I wash my items that use your hand dyed yarn?
I highly recommend hand washing completed items in cold water with a gentle detergent. Washing with hot water opens up the fibre, which may allow the dyes to run. Avoid soaking your items longer than 15 min. Try not to agitate your projects too much. Moving around your item gently a few times are enough. Lay flat and/or shape to dry. Never twist or wring!
What if the yarn bleeds when I wash or soak my completed item?
"Crocking" happens when the dye process ends but some of the dye wasn’t able to get into and adhere to the fibers. It is sitting on top of the surface of the yarn. Because of this slight bleeding for the first few washings may happen, especially with very saturated colors and colors predominantly red or blue. This is a normal occurrence with hand dyed yarns.
Please read my answer to the question above. Again, use only cold water. Washing with hot water opens up the fibre allowing the dye to run.
I highly suggest that you test a sample swatch by soaking to determine if the colorway bleeds, before starting your project. If there is some bleeding:
You can use a color catcher (sold in many stores) with your finished item as you soak to catch the "floating" dyes.
If washing or soaking in water with a high Ph (8+) may cause your yarn to eventually bleed. Neutral Ph is ideal. You can try mixing in 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of food grade citric acid or 1/8 to 1/4 cup white vinegar to your bath water. Soak your item for 15 minutes, no more, while slightly moving it around a couple of times. After 10-15 minutes, rinse the item gently (and until the vinegar smell is gone if you used vinegar). Do not wring. Lay flat and/or shape to dry.
Why is there dye staining my fingers as I knit?
Please refer to the previous answer above. It explains crocking. Also, hand lotions and oils in your hands with a high Ph can cause some of the dye to transfer to your fingers, especially with very saturated or predominantly red or blue colorways even when it doesn't bleed when washing or soaking.
There is a knot in the skein I received. Isn't that a defect?
No. An occasional knot or two (which is an acceptable number in a hand dyed skein) are not considered defects. Even mass produced yarns have them occasionally.
What if I run out of the yarn colorway before my item is completed?
Please make sure you purchase enough of the colorway at the same time to be able to complete your project. I can not guarantee I will be stocking more of a colorway when it runs out. If you need a colorway more than what is available, you can check if it is one of the colorways on the Dye to Order Section and then request for a Dye to Order.
If you have any other questions or comments, please send me a message using the contact form below. I'd be more than happy to address them.