SingingWolfDyeWorks

SingingWolf Dyeworks - Joyfully Hand Dyed Yarns

Carolina Shores, North Carolina · 36 Sales

SingingWolfDyeWorks

SingingWolf Dyeworks - Joyfully Hand Dyed Yarns

Carolina Shores, North Carolina 36 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Diane

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Note from shop owner Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, we need to close the shop until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and well wishes.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 11, 2018

Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, we need to close the shop until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and well wishes.

Diane

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Diane

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About

Joyfully Immersed!

Thank you for stopping in to SingingWolf Dyeworks. My name is Diane and I'm so happy you're here! I would love to share with you a little bit about my shop.

I became immediately hooked upon dyeing my first skein of yarn, and began to devote as much time as possible to learning everything I could. And I still do spend hours upon hours reading books, doing online research, watching scores of tutorials, experimenting on my own. All while holding down a demanding full time job - not easy. It wasn't long before I wanted - no, needed - to share my creations with fellow knitters, crocheters, yarn crafters: You. And this is how SingingWolf Dyeworks happened :-)

Long before dyeing my own yarn, I was an indie dyed yarn customer, still am and always will be. Like you, I admire and appreciate the unique characteristics of these special yarns and become giddy with anticipation when I receive a package from a long standing favorite dyer or a new dyer! Crafting an item from a gorgeous hand dyed yarn is an experience like no other...except maybe unwrapping a gift. I aim to give you that kind of experience.

About the process: All dyeing is joyfully carried by me me using professional acid dyes and citric acid. Some colorways are hand painted and speckled while others are kettle dyed although some incorporate both techniques. the kettle and the yarn seem to do most of the work when it comes to creating the many hues, patterns, and shading that make up a colorway - it really is magical! This magic takes place in my cozy home studio which is clean, smoke-free, and cat friendly. I mention the cat because those with allergies should know that His Royal Felineness prowls the premises.

After the yarn is carefully lifted out of the dye bath, it is thoroughly hand washed with Eucalan to remove any excess dye. Even with this precaution, it is still possible for certain colors to run or bleed slightly during the first washing or two of a finished item. Although this will not diminish the color of your yarn, washing in cold water with just a bit of mild soap or wool wash will minimize any bleeding that might occur.

Currently I dye onto mostly fingering weight sock and DK superwash bases. A worsted weight merino superwash and fine fingering weight base have been added while the Peruvian highland and non-superwash base have been phased out. As our business grows, we plan to offer additional bases. Please let me know if there's a particular base you'd like us to carry in the future.

Everything listed in the shop is ready to ship. Due to time constraints, I can no longer accept pre-orders. If you would like to purchase a larger quantity of a semi-repeatable colorway than what is listed, please contact me and I will make a note to inform you as soon as a new batch is listed for sale.

A word about semi-repeatable colorways: Although the same dye bases and methods are generally used, they are frequently adjusted and "tweaked". This and other variables that are inherent of hand dyeing make every new batch (and skeins within the same batch) different from each other. Pictures of the current batches will be always be shown in the listings.

For more info about us, please read our Policies and FAQs. Many thanks again for visiting!

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  • Diane

    Owner, Creator

    Hi! I am a native Marylander transplanted in coastal NC with my mate Ben and cat Garfy. I dyed my first skein of yarn several years ago and have been joyfully immersed ever since! Crochet, knitting & spinning are squeezed in here and there ;-)

  • Ben

    First Mate

  • Garfy

    Cuddler-in-Chief

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Last updated on Jul 14, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Do you spin your own yarn?

Only as a hobby :-) The yarns we dye for the shop are commercially spun.

Do you offer a ball/cake winding service?

Yes, we offer winding for a $1.00 fee per skein. The yarn can be pulled from the center or the outside. This option appears just below the title and item price in each listing.

Do you re-skein the yarn after dyeing?

Most of the time. If a skein is wound for dyeing, it is always re-skeined so the yarn dries thoroughly. Occasionally, skeins will become tangled in the dye bath and those are re-skeined as well. Spending hours trying to untangle yarn that you've paid good money for is unacceptable so we do our best to spare you this hassle.

Yikes - I've found knots in my yarn.

Joining knots are inevitable in commercially spun yarns, but encountering them as you work a project can be frustrating. We don't like knots either, so rest assured that we check for them throughout the dyeing process. If knots are discovered and cannot be easily untied, the offending skein will either a) not be listed for sale, or b) offered at a reduced price with clear explanation. Now & then, a well disguised knot may escape our eagle eyes. If you find more than you deem acceptable (even if it's only one), please contact us and we'll gladly work out a solution with you.

You have only one skein of a colorway I want. I need more for my project.

If time allows, we can dye a new batch as long as the colorway is semi-repeatable. Please send a convo so we can discuss your needs. Keep in mind that although the same dyes are used, each new batch will always look different from the ones before. Because each skein is unique there may be noticeable differences within the same batch. It may take up to several weeks to process your order depending on the amount you need.

Do you accept orders for custom colorways?

Sorry but we do not. However, if there are specific colors or combinations you'd like to see in the shop, we will always consider your suggestions!

Care Tips

Hand washing in cold water and drying flat is the very best way to care for your finished items. However, with a few precautions you can safely machine wash items made with superwash yarns. Zip your items into a mesh bag, set the cycle to gentle cold & add a few drops of mild detergent or wool wash. This extra TLC will keep colors bright longer, reduce pilling, and prevent your items from being pulled out of shape.

What kind of packaging do you use for shipping?

We use lightweight envelopes because they keep shipping costs economical (for you and us), and they are mailbox friendly. The exceptions are wound yarn cakes, international orders and larger orders. These are shipped in boxes and we use recycled materials whenever possible. If you would prefer your order to be shipped in a box instead of an envelope, please let us know.

I ordered more than one item and my shipping cost increased!

This is because a shipping fee is included on each listing, but please don't worry. We charge shipping only for the first item you purchase and will promptly refund the overage on additional items.

I found some slubs and plant fibers in my yarn.

Because wool is a natural fiber, slubs are normal. If we spot a slub, we give the yarn on either side a firm tug to be sure the slub has not created a weak spot. On the rare occasion that the yarn pulls apart, we will not offer that skein for sale. Sometimes plant debris caught in sheeps' wool will end up getting spun into the yarn. These fibers can be carefully picked out but if we spot them during the dyeing process, we will remove them.