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Yarn Over Floyd yarns are dyed naturally by owner Siobhan in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd County Virginia. All of our yarns are hand rinsed, air dried and sent to you with love from our farm. 

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Yarns

Gold Super Bulky

Single ply luxurious nylon, merino blend. Works up quick and plumps when you use it. 

80% Merino Superwash, 20% Nylon

76 yards, 100g. 

 

Crazy Eight Worsted Merino SW

A unique 4-double ply cabled yarn that is 100% Merino and superwashed. Wonderful springy texture when knit or crocheted. Ideal cabled yarn for crocheters, this base is Siobhan's favorite! 

218 yards, 100g. 

Bluefaced Leicester Sock SW

A round yarn with 4-plies and a firm twist.
Reminiscent of the European sock weights. As with all Bluefaced Leicester yarns, this yarn enjoys the natural luster, strength, and softness of pure Bluefaced Leicester in a washable yarn- ideal for cozy, wearable knitting or crocheting!

438 yards, 100g

Quarter Round Merino Sock SW

A round yarn with 4-plies and a firm twist in a Merino Superwash Wool. This yarn is so strong you won't have any problem whipping up a pair of nice sturdy socks with it! 

438 yards, 100g

Dyes

 

Vegetable 

We try and use our own vegetables or local to Floyd for our dyes. We chop, dice, and shred the material and set it to simmer low all afternoon to extract the dye from the plant material. Vegetable dyes have a tendency of being very sensitive to light and are not the most color fast.  

purple cabbage, black beans, carrots, brussel sprouts, avocado 

Flower Petals

Flowers are probably everyones favorite dye. I have more people push their flowers on me than anything else, which I LOVE! I love taking a bag full of deadheads and throwing them in a jar with some yarn and seeing what happens! 

marigolds, roses, rose of sharon, hibiscus, dahlia

Fruits

Fruits

Remember the days of picking blackberries and having your fingers stain from the juice? I'm putting all that stain to good use and dying yarn! The chemical composition of fruit dyes make them hard to keep their original color for a long time and I often use them as an overdye.

blackberry, blueberry, cherry, raspberry

Locally Foraged

Some of the plants, trees, weeds and nuts we find in the forests and roadside ditches are the very same plants our ancestors used to dye fibers long ago.

walnut, mullein, goldenrod, pokeberry weed

Methods

Stove Top

Dyestuff prepared on the stove top allows me to slowly heat and cool the materials and let it sit in the pot overnight to release all the pigments. The process is repeated once I add the fibers. This allows for a complete absorption of the color into the wool for a strong colorfast hold. ​

 

Solar 

The ultimate eco-friendly way to dye fiber! Put freshly picked dyestuff in the jar evenly dispersed around the yarn. Fill with hot water and set on the fence post! I try to make sure the spot they sit in will get all the sun our little knob has to offer in a day. You need a hot sunny day for this so I try and have the posts filled all summer long

Slow Heat

Sometimes I just don't have enough burners on the stove! I started experimenting with wells and variegating yarn in the oven and it works so well! You can really keep a close eye on your temperature and keep the stovetop clear for supper plans!