Dying yarn requires some patience, but patience isn’t something I’m particularly good at. I dye the yarn, then I wrap it up tight so that the dye won’t seep into any of the other skeins.  The yarn is cooked to set the colour then cooled, slowly.  Only then should I take it out, rinse it, and examine the colour.

Of course it needs to dry…  In Ireland that can be a long, slow process.  It’s not the dryest of climates.


The yarn I dyed yesterday is hanging on the rack, drying, and I’m doing my best to leave it alone.  I’m not go pick up the skeins one at a time. I won’t run them through my hands to feel the fibre, or see how they look when I twist them for labeling.  Not again anyway.

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