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61  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / dying homespun yarn: help! on: November 13, 2003 10:22:13 AM
so i've been taking a spinning class at the university craft center, and i'm completely loving it. i now have several skeins of (slightly unevenly spun) yarn. it's in a natural medium gray color. so here's my question: can i dye this yarn even though it's not particularly light? will the color come out weird? what should i use to dye it? what's the process exactly?

i've never dyed yarn before, but i figure i might as well spin as much as i can while i still have access to free (well, minus the cost of the class) wool--and i'd rather have a variety of colors if possible.

any advice would be appreciated!
62  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of on: October 23, 2003 09:44:37 AM
creatingme, if you are getting gaps with your dpn's, try tugging the yarn *tight* (more than a normal tug!) on the first two stitches after you switch needles.  in other words:

end of needle-->knit on new needle, tug-->knit, tug-->keep knitting

this always helps me.

and stitch 'n' bitch is the best knitting book i've ever seen. i've been knitting for several years now, and most of the books that have patterns i like don't actually teach me anything new. but this one does! and it's a great general reference. everyone go subscribe to BUST right now! (if you haven't already.)
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