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  1. Experimental Dyeing

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    Our splodge yarns have become one of the most popular things we sell. They're great fun to work with, but the way they're dyed means they're pretty time consuming to make.

    One of my jobs for last week was to try to figure out a quicker way of achieving the same (or even better) result. It's a real treat to get to just play with dyes like this, and I'm thrilled with the results which will be added to the shop at 1900 tomorrow.

    experiment 1 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    There are single skeins of some of the colours - I wanted to test a couple of differemt ways of applying the dye and until I was happy with that part of the process there wasn't any point in working with more yarn.

    experiment 2 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    Clear splodges rather than speckles or freckles of colour. One of the things I ;ike most about our splodge yarns is that the splodges are bold.

    experiment 3 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    I've chosen our BFL, silk and alpaca base for these experiments. While spoldge colourways make great socks where they really shine is in shawls - and the BFL, silk and alpaca is perfect for a luxurious shawl.

    experiment 4 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    I'm looking forward to casting on with one or two of these colours. There's something about the idea of combining two splodge colours that's very appealling.

    experiment 6 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    I'm planning something very simple for these yarns - possibly a feather and fan (or old shale) stitch pattern, or something along those lines so there are waves of colour.

    experiment 5 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    Much as I love the pale background I wanted some other colour options too. There's something very berry like about this one, and it feels perfect as it's starting to feel more like autumn every day.

    experiment 7 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    One of the things it took a little time to get to grips with was consistent colours across a batch. The way thee colours are dyed means there will always be some variation. That can work beautifully on some shawls, especially triangle shapes. As always you can work between two skeins to mix colours up.

    experiment 8 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    All those teal greaan make this experiment absolutely my colours. I'd love this combined with a neutral, perhaps in our linen stitch cowl.

    experiment 9 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    The experiment colours will be in the shop at 1900 on Thursday 10th September so if you're browsing before then you won't see them.

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  2. Dark Shades and Superhero Genes Colour Combinations

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    Our new dark shades of One Farm Yarn are gorgeous on their own or combined with each other. 

    dark rainbow skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british wool the knitting

    If you'd like a little more colour variation then the dark shades are stunning when combined with the Superhero Genes Blues.

    It's possible that I'm a little biased here. I love every single shade of blue. If I could only dye with one colour it would be blue. I also love that the name of the Superhero Genes yarns was suggested by a very lovely friend and that every skein of them that we sell raises money for Genetic Disorders UK. 

    I've taken photos of the eight dark shades with thefull Superhero Genes fade, however any of the superhero genes will provide a lovely contrast. As always please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can help you find the perfect colour combination for your next project. 

    dark red and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british

    Dark red and Superhero Genes

    dark orange and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed briti

    Dark orange and Superhero Genes

    dark yellow and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed briti

    Dark yellow and Superhero Genes

    dark green and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed britis

    Dark green and Superhero Genes

    dark turquoise and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed br

    Dark turquoise and Superhero Genes

    dark blue and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british

    Dark blue and Superhero Genes. I think these are going to have to be a sweater for me.

    dark violet and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed briti

    Dark violet and Superhero Genes

    dark pink and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british

    Dark pink and Superhero Genes

    One Farm Yarn is wonderful for shawls - it's got a lovely bounce to it so it's warm, yet working on 4mm and blocking will give you beautiful drape too. I love that it's a proper Yorkshire yarn through and through. The fleece came from a local farm, and was processed and spun a few miles along the road from us.

    Find the One Farm Yarn here.