I'm the senior assistant here at Countess Ablaze but I just tell people I dye yarn for an evil genius. A collector of sneakers and a player of Destiny.
Dyeing yarn is easily one of my favourite parts of working at Countess Ablaze and not simply because it's fun. Each of the yarn bases on our shelves takes the dye differently and it's exciting when we get something new to see how it reacts to it.
With this in mind, I thought it would interesting to highlight this on the fan favourite colourway "Rebelling Against Suburbia" to show just how different they can be.
"Rebelling Against Suburbia" is achieved by using the same dye colour but in multiple layers to produce that solid, neon pink that glows under black light.
This is usually done in a kettle tea urn so that you get that full coverage across the whole skein whereas dyeing in trays can leave the colourway semi solid and closer to a tonal finish.
Grande Merino DK has an almost glossy feel to it so the pink feels like its glowing in your hand.
Superwash Merino can be a tricky one to dye as its incredibly thirsty and exhausts the dye really quick.
This means it can take a few layers of dye to achieve the solid colour you seek.
It's certainly worth the effort though.
Like me, Auntie Plastique can be a delicate little flower. While the yarn is one hardwearing base it can be a tough one to dye when you have to wash it gently and in cold water to avoid felting, such is the trickiness of dyeing non-superwash yarn.
Auntie Plastique is overall more muted in colour compared to the merino but can still remain vibrant if dyed well. This is Corriedale wool and Mohair fingering weight, suitable for sock making.
Here goes Haydn again telling us why this is the best base in the world.
Countess of Exmoor has a grey tone before the dye even touches it so when it soaks up colour it comes out slightly muted, yet rich.
The pictures never do the yarn justice and this no exception, it's a beauty in hand.
The Countess's personal favourite is up next as the English Gent DK.
The Masham wool in this blend is a deep stormy grey colour and looks right at home when undyed.
It's similar to the Auntie Plastique that it needs to be cared for in the washing process so you can't use tonnes of dye [not that it needs it].
This is your perfect sweater yarn in my opinion if you fancy something a little more rustic but loud, after all, there's a reason its the Countess's favourite base.
The Curious Observer is a blend of kid mohair and mulberry silk so you have your tasty mix of luxury and practical.
The colour is muted like its Auntie Plastique relative but the mulberry silk brings back some of the vibrancy.
This base is bit more niche overall but it's a proud member of anyone's stash.
The Countess isn't overly scientific with her dyeing and just sorta wings it [Her words, not mine] so she trained me in that same way. Every batch is going to come out slightly different, even on the same base. This why we always encourage buying exactly what you need for a project and not relying on the next repeatable batch to be a clean match.
Now I'm going to pass it over to you, Out of the bases in this list, which do you think looks the best? Let us know in our new online community UNDERGROUND.
Rock on and stay safe 🤘
Blazin' Squad Haydn