Well, it’s getting more and more official as the days go by! I’m so excited to finally be able to share that my very first book, Dyeing to Spin & Knit, is in the final stages of editing and design. After months and months of dyeing, spinning, knitting swatches, and photographing everything, oh, and writing, the bits and pieces are starting to come together. While we’re still finishing things up, the book is actually ready to pre-order on Amazon right now!
About This Book
Right now, I’m only able to share with you just this ONE photograph from the book… a photo of two skeins of low-water immersion dyed yarns that we used for the cover of the book. But in the coming weeks and months, I’ll be able to show you more of what’s inside the book. But let me tell you a little bit about it. The book is broken down into four main sections:
- Understanding Colour // all about the fundamentals of colour theory, understanding hue, value, and saturation, and how to combine colours and create palettes.
- Creating Colour // the process of dyeing with acid dyes on yarn and fibre, going into a wide range of different techniques for applying colour to create one-of-a-kind yarns.
- Spinning Colour // we look at how the different characteristics of hand-dyed fibre affect the appearance of handspun yarn and how we can take advantage of those nuances. Spinners can learn to subdue bright or vibrant colourways, or maximize the effect of more subtle hand-dyed colours.
- Knitting Colour // we explore how hand-dyed yarns will knit up in different conditions, from the thickness of the yarn to the length of the colour repeats. Knitters can also learn to avoid or enhance the effects of pooling colours in variegated yarns.
Plus there are ten different knitting patterns that use either hand-dyed or handspun yarns in different ways that feature the unique nature of hand-dyed yarns. My deepest, deepest thanks to all the amazing knitters and spinners who helped me out with making many of the finished items in the book. I am so looking forward to showing you the photographs of how they turned out!!
I’m also kind of excited but nervous about sharing with you all my “colour story” and how it evolved to become such a fundamental part of my own life story. From being a kid who intensely loved colour to a young adult who was scared of colour and wore black all the time, perhaps you’ll find yourself in there too. I hope you’ll join me in my dye studio to ignite your own love of colour!
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