Yarns To Dye For

Okay, if you are someone who watches my blog, you will have seen that am slowly building a library of books on using natural dyes to dye yarn.   While I love the colors and the results of using acid based dyes, I really want to create dyes which do not have a negative environmental impact and that are really all natural.  This goes hand in hand with my love of gardening, Chip’s love of foraging and the boys’ love of environmentalism.

We have been slowly looking for the supplies we need to start dying in the spring (as I want to do outdoor solar dying if we can) while I read my books.  I was pushed ahead, however, when one of my favorite yarn companies – The Sanguine Gryphon – decided to split their partnership by the end of the year and began selling off their inventory – including their inventory of undyed yarn remnants.  This sale was only going to last until the end of the year, at which point the company would be no more.  I hemmed and hawed for about an hour . . . . and then loaded my cart.

While I absolutely love The Sanguine Gryphon’s dyeworks, it is their base yarn that really set them off from the other yarn companies.  And while their dyed yarns sell for $28-$32 per 4 oz. skein, 3+ oz. of the undyed yarns sold for $5 -$12.

So, should I show you what I got?

Yeah – I really should.

We’ll take it slow.

Lets start with 2 skeins of Sappho II in Nude (which is all that was left in stock by the time I discovered they were selling their undyed wools).

Sappho II is a four ply yarn in a fingering weight that is made of 100% merino wool.  It is very nice.

And then there is . . . .

Skinny Bugga in the Nude!!  Skinny Bugga is a blend of 80% superwash merino wool, 10% nylon and 10% cashmere!!  It is a 3 ply fingering weight yarn that is used by designers all over.  You will find it is 6,912 stashes of this yarn in Ravelry and 2,050 projects made with Skinny Bugga there too.  Its just a wonderful yarn.

But it’s not their best – in my humble opinion.

The BEST is BUGGA!!  70% superwash merino, 10% wool and 20% cashmere

And I have 10 of them!!!

Bugga is a 3-ply sport weight yarn.

All those numbers you see on the cones is the amount of yarn on the cone in ounces.  The prices were set at the price for 3 ounces of yarn as there was fluctuation in the amounts on each cone because they are the end of the cones.  While the Skinny Bugga cones were mainly between 3 and 3.5 ounces, the Bugga cones are closer to 4 ounces of yarn per cone.  This is just soooo cool because you expect around 4 ounces to a skein of yarn.

So, what does this have to do with my natural dying plans?

When Chip saw what was in the box he said “Oh, inventory.”.


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to Yarns To Dye For

  1. danielle says:

    SOOOO jealous! Oh my God, you are going to have soooo much fun with that.

    • Shelly R. says:

      So, maybe when we are finally up and running to ready start dying, you should come out for a visit? The feel of the Bugga on the cones is AMAZING. Even Chris – who is not a crafty person – felt it to humor me and then stopped in the middle of a sentence and looked at it and said “that feels really nice”.

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