Stacey Serafin’s Tips for Using Hand Dyed Yarn


© Stacey Serafin

We had an interesting and informative presentation on using hand dyed yarns by Stacey Serafin at our March meeting. As all dyers do, she makes many decisions during the dyeing process and she shared with us how those decisions can affect the finished item made with a particular yarn.



© Stacey Serafin

Pooling can be a nemesis in many projects. Many of us have been mystified as to why some yarns tend to pool and others don’t. Stacey showed us some tips on how to look at a skein of yarn to gauge how likely it is to pool. She suggested (this is not always appropriate to do so ask before you do it!) unfolding the skein into a big loop and studying the way the dye was applied. Look for the relative lengths of the color sections and the abruptness of the color changes. If the sections are of very even length with abrupt changes there is a greater chance of pooling. This cannot be seen when the skein is folded up. These aren’t hard and fast rules because it always depends on the pattern you’ll be using, but they are worth paying attention to when you look at yarn.


2017 – Year of Color

MK Nance photo

Our theme of the year for 2017 is color – in any form. There does have to be more than one in the project but it doesn’t have to be fancy – basic stripes are fine. For those who want to be a bit more adventurous there are lots of techniques to try. Think stranded colorwork, intarsia, and mosaic. Using multiple colors in helix knitting (go look it up – it’s cool!), twined knitting, shadow knitting, double knitting, modular knitting, or entrelac can be a fun challenge with beautiful results. If you are interested in a mini workshop on any of these topics let a board member know.

MK Nance photo

Color was also the topic of our February meeting presentation. Nance came to talk to us about using different types of multi-colored yarns. She showed an amazing range of gorgeous colorwork making use of long color repeats, short color repeats, variegated yarns, and gradient sets. Her samples and discussion were great inspiration to explore color in our knitting – especially appreciated in the grey of winter!

MK Nance photo
MK Nance photo

Beautiful Neckwear and Delicious Food

Our January meeting included our rescheduled holiday potluck, neckwear show and tell for the 2016 theme of the year, People’s Choice Award voting for neckwear prizes, and drawings for both the Brooklyn Tweed tour and prizes for membership renewals. Busy, delicious, and fun!

The 2017 board has taken over and there are lots of great programs coming this year. See the Meetings page for the list.

Holiday Party Cancelled – rescheduled for Jan 19th

We had a lot of fun things planned for our meeting tonight (Dec 15th) but due to the weather, we feel it’s best that we cancel our meeting tonight and reschedule our holiday potluck to take place at our January  19 meeting.

Our January meeting will start at 6:30 with our holiday potluck (the doors will still open at 6pm). After eating, we will have our drawing for the Brooklyn Tweed tour which is scheduled for Friday, January 27, at 10:30 am, our drawing for early membership registration, registration for our cast on/bind off mini workshop scheduled for February 4, and a quick announcement time to wrap up 2016. In the interest of time, we are foregoing the gift exchange this year.

After the 2016 wrap up, Delanie will take over the Guild meeting and we will have our scheduled January program, which will include our speaker, Duffy Stephens, and show-and-tell time for our theme of the year projects. After show and tell, we will have a quick break to vote for the People’s Choice Award and a drawing for gift cards for those that participated in the theme of the year.