Out of nowhere I’m making a hat.
It started when I made one of my regular detours these days, down the aisle where Spincycle lives.
The bins of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool are usually empty—but we got a mother lode in recently. It’s not easy to keep this stuff around, given the way this yarn is made. Labor intensive, for sure. The Spinsters, Rachel Price and Kate Burge, figured out a while back how to make yarn that looks like it’s handspun. They dye it before it’s spun—that’s the “dyed in the wool” part of this yarn’s name. Then they millspin this festive/vibrant/bonkers color into yarn that is then plied into two-ply barberpole amazingness.
No two skeins are alike. At all. It’s incredible. It’s the cure for boredom, I tell you.
All sorts of crazy colors in there. Up top you can stroll the gallery of colors we’ve got on hand, though we don’t have a ton of any of it.
I’m about to head out for some time off from MDK, and I’m taking Dyed in the Wool with me. I think hats are going to be my Dyed in the Wool projects. Simple multiples are great when you have a yarn like this being all wacky and stuff.
See how it starts out murky? I am knitting like a fiend to get to the red part. This color is called Mississippi Marsala, and I promise you that the other two skeins of this in my possession look really different from this one. I love that.
The pattern here is Fatimah Hinds’s Stellar Dendrite (Ravelry link) hat. She’s a total math whiz, so I’m seeing her mind at work on these cables that look fancy but are actually easy to remember—such a good little mindbender. Stellar Dendrite is a one-skein wonder using Dyed in the Wool, though Fatimah cautions that the Medium size uses every yard of the yarn. Two skeins gets you the Large size for sure.
We have a list of excellent little projects for Dyed in the Wool—just scroll down the product page for ideas.
As for those giant paint chips in the background? I’m thinking about painting. We’ve been in this house a long time, and maybe a little perk up is in order. I had no idea that you can order up big ol’ stickers of paint colors, removable so you can try them out on various walls. So easy! Who knew? I got these from ColorShop and also from Samplize, a company down the road in Chattanooga. (Not affiliate links—I’m just impressed!)
Wishing you a freshened-up whatever needs freshening.