I’ve been knitting for some years now but have never, in all that time, used hand dyed yarn. Well, I finally decided to broaden my yarn experience and have completed my first project using a hand dyed fiber from Twisted Sisters Yarn.
Twisted Sisters Yarn has been around for more than ten years. I’d heard about them and even came across their hand dyed fibers at craft fairs and yarn stores but I’d never thought about using their yarns. However, all that changed when I got my hands on the Twisted Sisters Sock Cookbook by Anne Vogel. The book was lent to me by my sister – who’s been knitting with hand dyed yarns for years – and right away I was captivated by it, so much so, that I went out and bought my own copy.
Reading the sock cookbook was a revelation to me. First off, I liked the way tone of it; they don’t lecture you – instead you learn about the enthusiasm and love the author has for hand dyed yarn. Page by page, you learn about dip-dyeing, pour-dyeing, and hand-painting yarns. The photographs and text show you just how easy hand dyeing can be. But the book goes even further. It shows explains to you about the different ways of spinning yarn and how this affects the look, feel and color of a yarn. The Sock Cookbook should be on the book shelf of every knitter.
Anyhow, the book uses various sock patterns as a way of showing how hand dyed fibers can look on a finished garment. Again, the book explains the step by step process to make the perfect sock – actually the book has the best explanation of knitting the heel of a sock that I’ve ever read.
Well, I read the book cover to cover, so it only remained for me to knit a sock using a hand dyed yarn. Naturally I chose Twisted Sisters yarn. I could have chosen another brand of hand dyed yarn – I’ve since discovered others like Rio De La Plata Yarn and Artyarns Yarn, but I kind of felt it fitting to use Twisted Sisters yarn for my first venture into using hand dyed yarn.
The yarn I chose was Daktari yarn. It’s a cotton fiber, which makes it perfect for socks. Daktari fiber is a hand painted yarn of nearly solid hues (monochromatic variegates). Each color just seems to flow into its neighboring color. I simply fell in love with this yarn. Anyhow, I used 2 balls of 50g to make the socks using US size 8 needles.
I’d made socks before but I didn’t know the huge variety on types. In the end I went for a pattern with “afterthought heels”. I was pretty delighted with the way the socks turned out; they even fitted perfectly thanks to the advice I found in the book. They looked great and the Twisted Sisters yarn I chose was perfect – even if I say so myself.
I’ve since used other hand dyed yarns from companies like Rio De La Plata Yarn and Artyarns Yarn but I’ll never forget my first project using hand dyed fiber. I still have my socks and look forward to working with a Twisted Sister yarn again.