DyeForYarn Interview And Giveaway!

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Do you like yarn? And weirdness? Those are two of my favorite things! And when I found them  marvelously combined in the gorgeous offerings from DyeForYarn a few years back, I knew I’d lost both my heart and my wallet to these wondrously strange crafters and creators.

With names ranging from the elegant and melancholic (“Rain In A Graveyard“, “Nocturnal Maelstrom“) to the silly (“St. Patrick’s day parade gone awry“) to the absurdly heartbreaking (“Giant clam closing forever“) and the frankly kind of gross (“Cat’s hairball problem“)–you’re almost tempted to spend all your time obsessing over these skeins’ enchanting backstories before you even look at the yarns, themselves! But–you should definitely look at these yarns. Stare long and hard into their subtle shifts and vibrant shades and luminous hues and become totally mesmerized by the outrageous array of options before you!

I’ve long wondered about the humans responsible for creating these silky, squishy, works of art, and was thrilled when, Nicole and Cordula of DyeForYarn agreed to do an interview with Unquiet Things and answer all of my nosy questions! Read further to learn more about the women behind the yarn, and leave a comment for a change to win “Gloomy View”, a gradient set of silk/cashmere lace yarn. ( I chose “Gloomy View” for you guys because I thought it would be appropriate! Right? I know I’m right. More details at the bottom of this post.)

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In your former lives you were scientists for biology and molecular medicine at University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Obviously there must be a bit of science with regard to your current work and creating the colors for your yarns, right? (I only vaguely know how science works, haha). But seriously, I’d love to know how your former work in the lab might translate to your current yarn and craft-centric process and practices?

Yes, you’re right. We do benefit from the experience we gathered in different labs. For once we’ve been trained how to organize and optimize workflows. And we’re also trained to work very structured with having everything at hand when we need it. When we try new things like new yarn qualities, dyeing techniques or colors we usually create an experimental series to see how it might work best. Maybe our biggest advantage coming from a lab background, though, was the natural ease in handling chemicals safely. Of course that’s nothing you can’t learn during the process of hand dyeing itself, but it came in handy in the beginning and is still very useful.

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Sloth in procrastinator’s paradise

THE BIG QUESTION I have been dying to ask for years is how do you come up with these wonderfully strange and unusual names for your yarns? They reference the esoteric and arcane, and the sublimely absurd…and it leads me to believe that between you, you must have incredibly fascinating and diverse interests when it comes to things like art, literature, cinema, music. Can you speak to that?

Basically we’re classic nerds. We love science, comics (in form of Animes), Fantasy and Science fiction literature and movies. We love music, although not the same genres. Nicole for example adores Amanda Fucking Palmer, Cordula loves Muse. These sources as well as our scientific past and the nature around us are a huge well of inspiration. The specific kind of names we use for our yarns originated in the “Dead parrot sketch” by Monty Python. In the sketch John Cleese tries to convince the pet shop owner, that the parrot he just bought
is dead (and was so when he bought it). He uses several synonyms for being dead which is hilarious. I (Nicole) am a HUGE fan of the troupe and thought that particular sketch very fitting for our natural black humor and our brand name DyeForYarn. So we decided to use these synonyms for yarn names: Ex-parrot, Raven being no more, Sloth in procrastinator’s paradise or Violet coming to dust. This led to names like Rotten chestnut cream macaron, Reaper’s kiss or Bat in a dark mood etc.

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Ex-Parrot (sold out)

In that vein, one of my favorite colorways that you create is Very dead Norwegian Blue Parrot! Are there any colorways that seem to be clear customer favorites?

Ha, that’s actually the exact same parrot John Cleese bought in said sketch 😀
Very popular are saturated reds (one of our specialties), deep teals, greens and blues. But also our neutrals (we call them non-colors) and pastels as well as our almost-black shades are very sought-after. What we find very interesting is that over the years one can actually see some preferences between different countries. Germans like very bold, intense colors, Japanese very light pastels, for example.

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Fallen Dark Soul

And what are your favorites?

Cordula: Nocturnal maelstrom (intense dark teal), Fallen Dark Soul (deep dark red), Last Dance (almost black reddish purple)

Nicole: Dead Marshes (muted green-blue), Kingfisher pushing up the daisies (muted teal), Withering Lupin (muted gray-purple) and Rose which must not be named (muted purplish rose)

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Tweety’s Revenge

Do you see any trends in terms of colors that people are interested in? What’s popular now?

We sometimes can make out a correlation between current “in”-colors and what sells well, but
because our customers are from all over the world it’s not a very clear correlation. Currently we sell different shades of turquoise and deep blue plus more yellow than usual.

I have seen people who are not knitters (or crocheters) fall in love with your gorgeous yarns. Do you have any alternative craft ideas, incorporating your yarns, for people who do not wield the needles or hooks?

Definitely weaving! Both of us have an Ashford rigid heddle loom, which is very easy to handle and doesn’t take much space (you can hang it on the wall when not needed, even with the warp attached). The only drawback is that it doesn’t fit in a hand bag like a knitting or crocheting project would. We mostly use our Tussah silk lace and fingering, Merino/Silk fingering and Silk/Cashmere lace for our weaving projects, all suitable for warp and weft.
Nicole just finished several weaving projects with our Silk/Cashmere gradient sets. Her ravelry name is Kalessin, in case you need some weaving inspiration ;D

Is there anything else that you would like people to know about your yarns, or your process, or DyeForYarn/DyeForWool?

It’s important for us that our customers know that, even though knitters/crocheters all over the
world are familiar with our brand, it’s still just the two of us, Cordula and Nicole, who dye all the yarns you see in our two Etsy shops. Two days a week our lovely helper Silvia supports us with skeining and winding the hanks, hand-tagging them etc. and our husbands support us with their particular expertises as well. But basically nothing has changed much since we founded DyeForYarn back in 2011. Doing what you love and are passionate about is the best job you can have and we feel very blessed to be able to do that. DyeForYarn has made our lives so much richer and fuller and we hope to get that feeling transferred into our colors.
And you have no idea, what a great and crazy feeling it is to know, that there are actual, real human beings on all (habitable) continents who create wonderful things with the yarns we dyed.

Thanks for your time, Nicole and Cordula, and for putting your exquisite creations out into the world!

Find DyeForYarn: website // etsy // facebook // instagram // twitter

Gloomy View giveaway!

Gloomy View giveaway!

Info from DyeForYarn: “Gloomy View” is a gradient set of silk/cashmere lace yarn. You get a total of 5 Silk/Cashmere Lace skeins (50g each), one of each color, as pictured. All skeins together add up to a total of 1670 yds (1525m), enough for practically any large shawl (or two regular sized shawls, for that matter). Together they give a very muted and dark gradient from bluish green over blue and purple to cacao brown, each color itself being solid to slightly semi solid.

68 Comments on DyeForYarn Interview And Giveaway!

  1. Jean
    May 18, 2018 at 11:25 am (3 months ago)

    I am dying for how beautiful these all are…

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  2. Mary
    May 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm (3 months ago)

    There are divine! I am yearning for a “Gloomy View”

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  3. Kit
    May 18, 2018 at 2:16 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh, swoon! That gradient is to die for (…to dye for?). As a fellow Monty Python fan, I love the Dead Parrot Sketch references. :-)

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  4. Christine
    May 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm (3 months ago)

    Gorgeous! I know some dark-hearted people I must knit gifts for…

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  5. Chela Norton
    May 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh, my – those are simply gorgeous, both in color and sheen. They make my fingers itch to get a hold of them. The names are totally bonus goodness.

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  6. Shari
    May 18, 2018 at 4:58 pm (3 months ago)

    So pretty! I’ve eyed their yarn for years but have never managed to buy any.

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  7. Sarah
    May 18, 2018 at 6:12 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve been creeping on their yarn like a fiber art Gollum since I first saw you post about it.

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  8. curatrix
    May 18, 2018 at 6:17 pm (3 months ago)

    I am one of those people who’d buy this yarn for the names alone, but these colors are also incredible.

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  9. Amanda
    May 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve been lax in my knitting lately, but these amazing colors would get my butt in gear! So freaking gorgeous…

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  10. Bonnie
    May 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm (3 months ago)

    Thanks for introducing this shop to me! Amazing ladies and fantastic yarn. Keen to try knitting with them!

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  11. Carla Taylor
    May 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm (3 months ago)

    I love gloomy views, and pretty yarn. This dreamy set of yarns would make the best gift for a very special someone. So in love with your yarns. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  12. Lauren
    May 19, 2018 at 12:09 am (3 months ago)

    All fingers crossed for this amazing giveaway!! Their yarns are lovely!

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  13. Jasmin
    May 19, 2018 at 1:17 am (3 months ago)

    Those colors are making me drool! Thank you for the chance to win. I loved reading this post!

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  14. Jasmin
    May 19, 2018 at 1:19 am (3 months ago)

    Those yarns are sooo drool worthy! I’d love to work with them! Thank you for the chance to win and a great read!

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  15. deb
    May 19, 2018 at 1:21 am (3 months ago)

    What pretty yarns! Thank you!

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  16. Catsandyarns
    May 19, 2018 at 2:34 am (3 months ago)

    Gorgeous yarns with a touch of macabre! It’s my perfect combination.

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  17. Hajira Zoya
    May 19, 2018 at 3:20 am (3 months ago)

    I wonder why I hadn’t heard of them before? The colours are amazing! I especially love the awesome nerdy names 😀

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  18. Renate
    May 19, 2018 at 4:09 am (3 months ago)

    I have bought and knitted with their yarns before, and I simply adore them!
    The gloomy lace yarns are – again – perfection.

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  19. Magdalena
    May 19, 2018 at 4:15 am (3 months ago)

    Your yarn is sooo beautiful! I’d love to win and try it out!

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  20. Stefanie Eichhorn
    May 19, 2018 at 5:05 am (3 months ago)

    I’ve already knit a shawl out of the tussah silk in the colour “Queen of the night” and it is stunning. And I would the chance to make something with this gorgeous gradient.

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  21. Heidi
    May 19, 2018 at 6:05 am (3 months ago)

    I love this Gradient and this yarn qualitiy. But honestly, I love all yarns from dyeforyarn! Nicole and Cordula are doing a great Job!

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  22. Angelika Hoch
    May 19, 2018 at 6:14 am (3 months ago)

    I die for beautiful yarn and dyeforyarn are gifted hand dyers that I had the chance to meet in person

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  23. Maria
    May 19, 2018 at 8:12 am (3 months ago)

    I have bought several skeins from DyeForYarn and have knit a couple of shawls already. I love their yarns and their colourways. Thanks for this article, it was so fun to get to know these skilled ladies a bit more, and I just love the Dead Parrot Sketch references.

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  24. Tenshi
    May 19, 2018 at 8:25 am (3 months ago)

    I love Dye For Yarn! Their quality is off the charts. :) I’d love to win Gloomy View – it’s practically composed of all my favorite colors.

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  25. Anggi
    May 19, 2018 at 9:49 am (3 months ago)

    Always adore both Nicole and Cordula for creating amazing series of colours.
    I believe no knitters would ever say NO to their yarns.
    This giveaway is a treasure, thank you unquetthings.com for sharing lots of valuable information and hosting this giveaway 😘😘😘
    Those yarns would be a super gorgeous shawl for my mother 😍 hope I can win it 🙏

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  26. Nancy Rousseau
    May 19, 2018 at 10:05 am (3 months ago)

    Lovely interview! I truky love what these girls create and Can stand looking at their Etsy Shops web site for Hours…. continue your great work of art!

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  27. Brenda Marie
    May 19, 2018 at 10:18 am (3 months ago)

    This is all so inspiring… and that yarn! *swoons*

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  28. Heidi
    May 19, 2018 at 10:22 am (3 months ago)

    I have a serious addiction to DyeForYarn yarns and colors!
    Last Dance/Last Dance is Over is my all-time favorite, along with Raven in the Night and Fallen Dark Soul. It was lovely to see this interview with them. A wonderful giveaway you are offering, I would be thrilled to win!

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  29. Heidi DeWalt
    May 19, 2018 at 10:33 am (3 months ago)

    I love both Dye For Yarn and Dye For Wool websites. These talented ladies produce the most amazing color’s and I love the whimsical names! I am knitting a summer top with Tussah Silk Fingerings right now. Hope I am lucky enough to win this beautiful gradient set.

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  30. Wendy Hawkins
    May 19, 2018 at 11:22 am (3 months ago)

    So glad to have found your blog. I frequently visit dye for yarn just to look at the amazing colours and dream of projects for them. The gradients are all delicious. Thank for posting this.

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  31. lindsay
    May 19, 2018 at 12:09 pm (3 months ago)

    these are SO beautiful…

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  32. Nicole Acuna
    May 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm (3 months ago)

    I absolutely love the creative names for each skein and stunning yarn colorways they really glow! Words can’t even describe how beautiful they are :)

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  33. Jerry
    May 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm (3 months ago)

    I love the taste in colours those two have! They don’t really go for what’s trendy right now but moree for classic, yet intense colours. One day I will go and visit their shop in person!

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  34. Jessica Clavié
    May 19, 2018 at 1:32 pm (3 months ago)

    This gradient is sooo beautiful! I have so many ideas and could start right a way!

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  35. Sabine
    May 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm (3 months ago)

    I am a Monty Python fan, too – oh, the dead Parrot, fondly remembered :)

    I am also a knitter and love your ýarn, the gradient set is so gorgeous :)

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  36. Anna
    May 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm (3 months ago)

    I love these yarns and these are just my colours. Oh let them be mine!

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  37. Susel
    May 19, 2018 at 6:11 pm (3 months ago)

    Stunning Stunning Stunning !!!! I’m a big big fan of the girls!

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  38. Anie
    May 20, 2018 at 12:09 am (3 months ago)

    One of my favorite etsy dyers! Their tussah silk is my all time favorite yarn to knit. I just ordered some fleece silk and can’t wait for it to get here!

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  39. Adrian
    May 20, 2018 at 12:34 am (3 months ago)

    I’ve loved these dyers for a long time… great article! Anyone would be lucky to win that set! 😍

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  40. Krista
    May 20, 2018 at 2:54 am (3 months ago)

    Nice to learn more about these dye masters! I enjoy the yarn names almost as much as the colors. Gloomy View is swoon worthy. I hope the winner posts a picture of what they create with it!

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  41. Jane
    May 20, 2018 at 2:55 am (3 months ago)

    My favourite dyers. I have a parcel of 7 Skeins yet to be opened. Oh the anticipation !!

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  42. Lisa
    May 20, 2018 at 3:42 am (3 months ago)

    I love DyeForYarn. They are one of my favorite yarn dyers.

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  43. Jocelyn Wright
    May 20, 2018 at 7:57 am (3 months ago)

    These are some of the most beautiful yarns I’ve ever seen! The sheen is amazing, the saturation is glorious! As a die-hard Monty Python fan since age 8, I love the origin story!

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  44. Lydia
    May 20, 2018 at 10:33 am (3 months ago)

    Great interview, I too was so curious about their colorway names. I’m glad I found your blog (via IG), now to read some more!

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  45. Cindy L.
    May 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm (3 months ago)

    Some of my favorite yarn! I especially love that you have a picture of my very first DFY purchase from 2015 (Sloth in Procrastinators Paradise on Tussah Lace) in this post. Gorgeous gradient set. Came over here from DFY’s Ravelry Page, but will definitely stay. Great blog!

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  46. Marianne
    May 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm (3 months ago)

    Absolutely stunning work!!

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  47. Grace
    May 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm (3 months ago)

    It’s just fantastic to learn about these awesome, nerdy women doing what they love. I hadn’t heard of their yarn company before, so it’s a bonus to get to hear of new (to me) awesome indie dyers! And melancholic cashmere silk gradients?!? There aren’t words…. Thanks again for interviewing these cool ladies and for the giveaway!!!!

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  48. Nicole
    May 20, 2018 at 11:41 pm (3 months ago)

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

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  49. paola
    May 21, 2018 at 6:08 am (3 months ago)

    Wow, what generous from you! It is such a subtle gradient! And BTW the names of their yarn are the best ever: you post the foto of one of my favorite Tweety’s revenge:D

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  50. Holly
    May 21, 2018 at 6:26 am (3 months ago)

    Dead Parrot Sketch. Now I’m going to have to see that! I am totally addicted to your yarn and your posts! I just want to buy the skeins to hang on my wall! They are a soft wind of art in texture and color. 🐛🐛🐛Love the silks!

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  51. Andrea
    May 21, 2018 at 7:45 am (3 months ago)

    What a generosity to gift a whole gradient set of those lovely yarn and colours – pure luxury to knit with and to wear!!

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  52. Kristina
    May 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve been admiring and knitting with Nicole and Cordula’s beautiful yarns for years, and the names have never failed to make me smile!

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  53. Maria
    May 21, 2018 at 11:15 pm (3 months ago)

    Colors so rich I can almost taste them!

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  54. Sabrina
    May 22, 2018 at 3:11 am (3 months ago)

    What a stunner! I haven’t tried their cashmere yarn yet but I’m sure it’ll be great as the others!

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  55. Allison R-B
    May 22, 2018 at 9:37 am (3 months ago)

    Oh! I’m besotted! Thank you for introducing me to this line. I’ll start saving up for something decadent.

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  56. Nicole S
    May 22, 2018 at 10:12 am (3 months ago)

    Their colours are so gorgeous!

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  57. Petra
    May 23, 2018 at 6:30 am (3 months ago)

    I visited the shop in Fürth twice. It is so lovely to see all the colours ” live”. Impossible to decide which one is the best ;-))

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  58. Connie Kline
    May 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm (3 months ago)

    My daughter seems to think black is a bright color – so this would be a perfect colorway for aa gift for her. Lovely, lovely yarn!

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  59. Melissa
    May 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve been following these dyers for a few years now. I’ve still yet to actually buy anything from them as it sells out so quickly! I’m also curious how they photograph their yarn so well. It always looks so scrumptious.

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  60. Kate Cabrera
    May 24, 2018 at 6:52 pm (3 months ago)

    If I win the yarn can I give it to you to make me something? Haha… just joking. I knit like a twelve year old in an arts and crafts class but I’d be willing to give it a shot again if I had these spider silks in my possession. Gloomy and gorgeous.

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    • S. Elizabeth
      May 24, 2018 at 7:03 pm (3 months ago)

      Haha, it’s a deal! 😉

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  61. Jennifer
    May 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m in love! How did I never know about Dye For Yarn? And that gloomy graident – swoon!

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  62. anastasia
    May 24, 2018 at 8:56 pm (3 months ago)

    I can’t decide what I like more about this yarn, the dark humour behind the names or the fact that there are so many bases that use use silk

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  63. Steven Wilbur
    May 25, 2018 at 12:44 am (3 months ago)

    Morticia taught me everything I know about knitting. I’m fairly certain she would have wholeheartedly approved of these yarns, especially considering the names.

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  64. Kaye steeper
    May 25, 2018 at 4:15 pm (3 months ago)

    Oh My, these are rather lovely

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  65. Dawn Flury
    May 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m addicted to Dye For Yarns. Everything they dye is drool worthy.

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