Wool is a sustainable, ethical, biodegradable wonder product! Here at Dye Happy, we only dye yarns grown and milled in Aotearoa. And are proud to support the NZ wool industry in doing so.
We dye our yarn in rainwater, collected from the roof and use professional acid dyes which, by adding citric acid to the dye bath, chemically bond to the fibres of the yarn. We ensure that dye is fully exhausted (so that there are no dye particles left in the water) before the water is returned to a neutral ph using baking soda and then used to water our flower garden.
Dyeing is an art and no two skeins are identical, even from the same dye lot. For bigger projects I recommend alternating skeins for more even colour distribution. When knitting in the round, my favorite method of doing this is Helical Knitting. Simply stop 3 stitches before the end of your round, slip those stitches then begin knitting again with your 2nd yarn.
If you need more yarn than I have listed, send us a message and I'll be happy to make you a custom order.
Life is expensive and so is yarn, but creativity is important, especially when you're dealing with the stresses that come with being low or unwaged. We offer a 10% discount to New Zealand community services card holders, simply use the long standing code COMMUNITY10 at the checkout.
The 'we' used above is royal...it's just me, dyeing in my kitchen around the kids and home life. My sincerest hope is that Dye Happy yarn inspires you to create, and that creating gives you the excitement, pleasure and joy that I get from dyeing.