Swatch diaries: blue Monday

9th April 2018 2 min read No Comments

How gorgeous is this yarn that arrived on my doorstep last week? It’s from the talented Emma at Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co. who specialises in naturally dyed non-superwash yarns. Her colours and fibre bases always blow me away. I’m amazed at the colours that you can get from natural dyes!

This is a beautiful sport weight Blue Faced Leicester, destined to become a Hay sweater that I’m making up as a sample knit for Emma. I do love a boxy jumper so I’m really excited to crack on with this. I’ve been wanting to knit Hay since I first saw it in Laine magazine, so I’m sure I’ll have to find time to make another one for me!

I couldn’t resist caking up a skein on Friday evening. My plan was to finish the second sleeve on my Emily jumper on Friday night, and start swatching this yarn at the weekend so that I could dive into the Hay sweater today, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry! I did make some good progress on the sleeve, but I’m still a couple of inches from the bind off (😞).

The yarn cake sat by my desk all morning, and in the end I gave in to temptation, planted myself in a sunny spot, and cast on for the swatch during my lunch break. I’m only a few rows in, but this yarn is already a dream to knit with – soft, light and silky with a subtle halo. BFL is one of my favourite fibres, and this doesn’t disappoint! I think my gauge is a little loose though, so looks like casting on will have to be put off for a little longer.

In related news, Lindsay from A Wooden Nest is running a #naturaldyekal. I’m so excited to join in with this beautiful yarn!
What about you – have you ever knit with naturally dyed yarn? Let me know if you have any favourite natural dyers. I’d love to explore more!

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