June 8th, 2012

Valley Yarns on Ravelry – Franklin on Cones

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Many of you have used our Franklin Hand Dyed sock yarn before and even have a favorite Kangaroo Dyer colorway. But did you know that undyed Franklin is also available on cones? These cones are perfect for the hand dyer.

Valley Yarns Franklin Natural is sold by the pound, $18.99/lb.
75% Wool/25% Nylon and machine washable, it’s perfect for socks. But it’s also great for any fingering weight project.

Below you’ll find a collection of inspiring Ravelry projects showcasing some of the interesting things you can create when you experiment with dyeing your own yarn.

OpArt by Melissa Dominguez, pattern available for free from Knitty.comknit by beakerm
With the way Becky’s hand dyed Franklin looks in the OpArt pattern, “Dr. Who Meets Dr. Seuss” is the perfect name for this baby blanket.

 

Pogona by Stephen West, available in Westknits Book One pattern book, knit by Blunckie
Andrea dyed Franklin in an ochre yellow creating a beautifully subtle tonal color.

 

Snowbird Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch, pattern available from Vogueknittingknit by Marlana
Marlana dyed Franklin to match a coat and combined the green with the undyed yarn to create stunning two-color mittens.

 

Luiza by MaweLucky/Jane Araujo, available for purchase on Ravelryknit by Mawelucky
Even though dyeing the yarn didn’t turn out as Jane had planned, I think the darker edge of the shawl is a happy accident, creating a cool “dipped” effect.

 

Zirkel by Stephanie van der Linden, available for purchase on Ravelryknit by ikumi
Ikumi creates a lovely plum color using Cushing’s Acid Dye.

 

Nikolai by Marysia Nodzykowska, pattern available for freeknit by momtofour
Shawna hand dyed the yarn with egg coloring to create a pretty, dappled look.

 

Koi and Lotus Sweater by AlphaMango
Wanting to commemorate a family trip to China, Jen dyed Franklin with Sapphire Blue, Royal Blue and Black to create a semi-solid blue with depth and character. Don’t miss reading her whole story of this incredible sweater.

 

Black Tie, Optional by Adrienne Fong, available for free on Ravelry, knit by AlwaysRosie
Carol chooses to use the undyed Franklin for her socks to really let the pattern shine.

Have you ever tried dyeing your own yarn? Share your dyeing tips, triumphs, and mishaps in the comments.

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Dena started working at WEBS in 2006, shortly after she learned to knit. She also dabbles in crochet and weaving. She finds knitting complements her marathon and triathlon training really well.
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  • Allie @ Fiesta Cat Yarn

    I love dyeing yarn! (Usually Im dyeing the actual fiber or roving before I spin it into yarn..!) I’ve dyed with koolaid, food coloring, tea, fruit and now Im very fortunate to be working with some natural dyes straight from Peru! I’m very surprised in the range of colors in natural dyes and the vivid colors too!! Easier than you’d think and worth a try! :)

  • Shawna

    I love the Franklin yarns are affordable enough to allow some experimentation.  I’m new to dying and have enjoyed trying several types of food safe dyes.  The yarn blooms nicely with the water soak and dye process to make a lovely soft hand the knits up beautifully!  Thanks WEBS!

  • Darlene

    Just bought some and I’m panicking – do I wash it before I knit? I’ve only bought yarn in skeins or balls before. It seems silly, but I don’t want to have it shrink.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1668489833 Leanne Tremblay

    I’m working on a painted warp project right now! I’m using Valley Mercerized Cotton, which I have space dyed in the past and which comes out awesome. I started with the yarn in shell, but it would be great to start with a colored yarn one of these days. I use MX fiber reactive dyes from ProChemical & Dye, which come out as bright as you would like and still colorfast. I’m not a huge fan of working with wool for wearables, since I sell my work and I find that a lot of people are allergic/sensitive to wool.