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Dyeing to Knit: How to Use -- and Create Your Own -- Beautiful Hand-Dyed Yarns
Honorable Mention in the Hobby/Crafts Category of the 2006 Independent Publisher’s Book Awards (IPPY Awards)
Hand-dyed yarns are sooooo gorgeous, with their custom hues and rich blends of colors, that every knitter longs to work with them, but once someone has brought home an armful of precious skeins, what next? For those unfamiliar with these specialty yarns, the knitted-up results can be a surprise -- and maybe not a pleasant one. In her wonderfully informative book, Damariscotta, Maine, knitting shop owner and yarn dyer Elaine Eskesen demystifies hand-dyed yarns, providing both down-to-earth practical information and reassuring encouragement to knitters so they can trust their own creative instincts.
Knitters already familiar with using space-dyed, hand-painted, or rainbow-dyed yarns often wish they could move on to the next step and dye their own yarns, but worry that the process will be too intimidating. But it really is not difficult, as Elaine Eskesen shows in Dyeing to Knit, sharing her many years of dyeing experience and giving concise, helpful instructions.
An unusual bonus in Dyeing to Knit comes in the form of commentary from other nationally recognized knitting designers. Using a selection of Elaine’s exquisite hand-dyed yarns, each designer created a pattern swatch to showcase the yarns’ colors and textures.
Regardless of whether a knitter’s own tastes run to bright, bold, and exuberant or quiet, understated, and subtle, there’s enough inspiration and brass-tacks practical advice in these pages for knitters, dyers, and aspiring dyers of all persuasions.
"The methods of putting color to fiber are fun and fascinating." --Knit Simple, from VOGUE Knitting, "Some of our Faves" column
"Then comes a chapter on the actual dyeing process.... This is Elaine’s area of expertise; she gives lots of advice and shows many examples of interesting dye effects." --Knitter’s magazine
" strength is in the middle of the book. After a section on the basics of color and how various colors work together, and another more substantial discussion on dyeing with acid dyes, there is a well-thought-out chapter titled "The Design Phase" that inlcudes information and suggestions on how to use the yarn you’ve dyed, be it solid, painted, or space dyed (the three methods covered)." --Spin Off
"This is an excellent instruction book as well as an inspirational art book.... Dyeing to Knit shows the reader how to be an artist who knits -- not just a craft knitter." --Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot
"Things take off with the various ways to dye fibers: space-dyeing, hand-painting, overdyeing, squirting, the ’Jackson Pollock effect,’ sprinking -- each method seemingly more impressive than the last." --YMN (Yarn Market News)
"Dyeing to Knit provides useful and fun ideas for both dyeing and knitting. You are set for success with Elaine’s book in your hands.... Dyeing to Knit is a wonderful guide for anyone interested in learning how to create magnificent colors." -- Wild Fibers magazine
"Eskesen demystifies the process , drawing on 15-plus years of experience." -- Vogue Knitting
"Whether they dye their own yarn or purchase it hand-dyed, knitters will appreciate the colorful projects.... Recommended." --Library Journal
" appeal to personal vision is inherent in Elaine Eskesen’s beautiful book ... begins with her ardent sense of her surrounding world, proceeding to a very clear chapter on dyeing procedures, the excitement of developing soft and deepening hues, painting skeins for varying effects, all this followed by the design phase and patterns." --Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland, Maine
"The very most special book on my side table right now, and one I cannot recommend highly enough for its charming voice, its practical suggestions, and its irrisitible projects is Elaine Eskesen’s Dyeing to Knit" -- Marilis Hornidge, book reviewer for The Courier-Gazette, Rockland.