Mood Ring: Confessions of a serial dyer

by Brenda Dayne on July 7, 2015


In this episode: We begin with a trip to the slow city of Pollenzo, the Albergo dell’Agenzia, and the Slow Movement. A weekend studio tidy leads to much musing on the subject of stashing materials ahead of using them. I meant to mention how this way lies madness, but never quite got around to that. Let the record show: a reluctance to use the materials in your stash, be it yarn, fibre or fabric, may be an indication that one’s tastes in materials have changed. That’s my theory. I don’t think it’s nutty.

The nightshirt pattern that Katie and I have been using for our duvet cover nightshirts is vintage McCalls 8372. There are a few copies on

I talk about my recent obsession with surface design, largely inspired by the work of India Flint, and I offer a review of two of her books, Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles and Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing. You can read more about India Flint’s work here. The workshop that I would give my entire yarn stash to be able to attend is here. Be sure to watch the video about her process. I wish I could go. I would love it if you did, so that you can tell me everything.

Topaz Mortmain is my I Capture the Castle hero, and my inspiration at the dye pot. I’ve written about her in this Gwlana post. If you haven’t yet read the book, you must. It’s one of my favourites.

Thanks to Caerthan Wrack, of Triskelion Yarn and Fibres, for teaching me to dye with indigo. His yarn is amazing.

You can hear audio recorded by my friend, Felix, at the May Gwlana in this Knitsonik podcast.

No chickens were eaten by foxes in the making of this podcast.

Music and FX: Musetta’s Waltz, a little ditty by Pucini, from his Opera La Boheme; You Like Me, performed by Sally Field, at the 1985 Academy Awards; Cast On Blues, performed by Zach Dunlap, used with permission.

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