Ever since I started dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid, I haven’t stopped dyeing. As soon as I saw a color work out, I immediately bought a dye kit. I chose to buy Greener Shades acid dyes. All of their dyes are heavy metal-free, making them less toxic than other brands of acid dyes. If you’ll remember, my concern in environmental responsibility and toxicity when it comes to materials is never the end product – it’s the process used to achieve the end product. Essentially, things end up in the ground & ground water ultimately, and I’d rather it didn’t cause problems, ya dig?
Anyway, my dyeing began with making up some colors to design a hat my husband requested and has grown from there. I’ve decided that there aren’t enough indie-dyed yarns out there that are both nylon and superwash-free. So that’s where I’ll come in! I’m developing colorways at the moment – both semisolids and variegated/speckles. It’s taking a little while since all of my colors need to be custom mixed from the 9 pigments I have to work with. Although Greener Shades does have a little PDF of some shade-mixing ideas.
Additionally, I hope to find the perfect nylon/superwash-free yarn for socks! Something soft enough that you could make and wear a shawl from it, but durable enough to be worn as socks, like nylon blends. It’s proving tricky to find something that both has these qualities and that I can buy at a reasonable price so that I don’t have to sell it at an exorbitant price point.
See below to lovingly gaze on where I am with research & development of colorways on 2 bases so far. Check out the Etsy Shop FuzzzyGreenFibers to see what’s in stock!
I’ll be adding more skeins as I dye them, both in semisolides and variegated/speckles. I’ll also be working on adding more bases.
And keep an eye out for super-awesome project bags, too! These are going to kick assssssssss.
Okay that’s enough, love you, bye
Erie: 100% Non-Superwash Merino, 1-Ply, Fingering Weight
Geauga: 70% Non-Superwash Merino/30% Silk, Fingering Weight