Some of us from the guild took a dyeing class taught by Kelly of Romney Ridge Farm. The basket shows a small sampling of her gorgeous hand-dyed yarns.
I'd never dyed yarn before, and this was a truly beginner workshop as Kelly pre-mixed the dyes for us, using Cushing's Perfection Dyes. We had the fun part of choosing colors and squeezing them onto the damp ball of yarn with the squeeze bottles. You could do this in an organized manner, but I found the dye squeezed out quickly and was a little hard to control, so I winged it.
Once the ball is saturated, it's spun to remove liquid.
A couple minutes in the microwave helps set the dye.
The yarn is then wound in skeins and allowed to dry completely.
It was exciting to see how all the finished yarns turned out. Here are some of the unique results; I wish I'd gotten pictures of everyone's yarn:
Here is my yarn from beginning, middle, end:
I used taupe, cherry red, Egyptian red, and orange. I had no idea what the yarn would look like at the end, and I was so pleased at the beautiful combination of fallish colors. Can't wait to knit something with my own hand-dyed yarn!
Afterward, we had a shorter needle felting workshop to make this little guy: