Book Giveaway: Dyeing to Spin and Knit by Felicia Lo

Felicia Lo, the founder and queen of color at Sweet Georgia Yarn has written a fantastic book about color for dyeing, spinning and knitting. It is really good, one of those ‘don’t think, just buy’ types of books. Thanks to the folks at Interweave, we have a copy of the book to giveaway!

Below is my review of the book from the latest issue of Knitty and below that are the rules for our giveaway. Good luck and happy playing with color!


Dyeing to Spin and Knit
Dyeing to Spin and Knit

Dyeing to Spin and Knit:Techniques and Tips to Make Custom Hand-Dyed Yarns
by Felicia Lo

All.The.Color. Want to dye color? Check. Want to spin color? Check. Want to knit color? Check. If you are a fan of dyeing, spinning or knitting and have even the slightest interest or hesitation about color, you need this book. Felicia Lo has been dyeing expertly and vibrantly for her company Sweet Georgia Yarns since 2005, so she knows a thing or two about how to make, combine and manipulate color.

She starts this color journey with defining color, the color wheel, terminology, and how color affects us. There is a lot of information in this section but it’s broken down to small, easy to mentally digest bites.

There is no one I’d rather have explain dyeing to me than Felicia Lo. She uses 50 pages to teach about dyeing, the types of dyes, how to dye, setting up a studio, safety, prepping your fiber and yarn and techniques. Dyeing techniques are not usually something a working dyer likes to share, but Felicia lays it all out, with photos and formulas – low-water immersion dyeing, spinkle dyeing, how to make formulas for variegated colorways, hand painting, how to dye self-striping yarns, gradient dyeing, using resists, dyeing in a ball and the all-important troubleshooting what didn’t go quite right. She even talks about keeping track of dyeing with both notes and physical samples.

Chapter three is about spinning color when working with variegated colorways, what affects color as it’s spun, how to control the length of color repeats, controlling color transitions, mixing and blending, fractal spinning, making and spinning batts, and spinning textured yarns. If you are thinking that this is just her Craftsy class, nopethere is so much more here.

Then Felicia dives into teaching about knitting with variegated yarns: about yarn weight, gauge, managing color with stitch patterns, mixing and blending colors in knitting, and an excellent section on pooling.

Felicia is an expert and a technically detailed fiber artist, but this book isn’t overwhelming or stuffy. She explains things with just enough detail to understand and replicate and has that friendly tone that encourages you to step out of your comfort zone color-wise.

She caps it all off with 11 accessory patterns to try out everything she’s laid out in the book. On first flip through, you might say, “oh that’s pretty. I want to knit it in exactly those colors.” Here’s what happens when you get to this point after reading the book: “well, I think I might like to change the whole colorway or at least manipulate the colors so they work like this”. You get the idea.

This book will change how you think about and use color.


Our usual giveaway rules apply. Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday March 12, 2017. One comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win Felicia’s new book.  Giveaway value $26.99.

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

145 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Dyeing to Spin and Knit by Felicia Lo

  1. Samina

    I’m a new spinner & have never dyed yarn, so this may be just the book I’m looking for as I learn.

  2. Maria

    I’m a spinner and would love to find out about dying – this looks like a book for my collection!

  3. Penny Pritchard

    Looks like just the book I need as I’ve been considering jumping into dyeing. Thanks for the terrific thoughtful review.

  4. Abby M

    I love Felicia’s Craftsy class, would love to continue the study of spinning with color in mind.

  5. Joanne

    I watched Felicia’s Craftsy class. It was wonderful. Assume the book will be even better.

  6. Margo

    I’ve been trying my hand at dying yarn and this book sounds amazing! I would love to win it.

  7. Joanne

    I’ve tried a little bit of dying. Would love this book as a resource as I continue learning!

  8. Fara

    Wow, this book sounds fabulous. I’ve done just enough dying and spinning to know how much more I need to learn. Thanks Knitty!

  9. Nicole H.

    Color and using lots of it scares me. But I am just getting into spinning and the color calls to me! This book seems like it would be great to ease into using it!

  10. Chris Goudeau

    Well I don’t know if I could answer a dyeing question or not, as that’s the reason I would like this book. Thanks Chris

  11. Karen Watkins

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading everything I can find about dying. I’d love to read this book! The yarn on the cover is very tempting.

  12. Tia

    I love Felicia’s colors. I remember the first bump of fiber I purchased from her–it had such great hand, brilliant hues in such a simple color scheme; I was hooked! There are so many colors and groupings that are harmonious. Excited to see what the book addresses.

  13. Marilyn

    I have a few blank skeins of yarn that I would love to try my hand at dyeing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Marilyn

    I have a few blank skeins of yarn that I would love to try my hand at dyeing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Kitten WAW

    I love dying, and have been jonesing for a full weekend to dye and overdye about zillion skeins and balls that I’ve been gathering for months now, but it just hasn’t happened. I guess I could wait just a little longer, just to see if I win this book. Thanks for the giveaway. KittenWhiplash on rav.

  16. Nicky

    I have some yarn and dye just waiting to meet each other! I would love a copy of the book

  17. Nicole Norris

    I recently discovered Felicia’s podcast and I love it. I can see how this book would be an excellent resource.

  18. Teresa Knittingdancer

    I need more information about dyeing yarn. This book should help me. Thank you.

  19. Deborah Graham

    This book looks so informational and complete. Would love to win a copy, Good luck to everyone!

  20. Emily McRae

    I have bare yarn that needs dyeing and just didn’t have the courage to do it. This books looks like the perfect guide for me!

  21. Barb B in BC

    I love the idea of colour and how to knit with it would be a wonderful thing to know. Thanks for the chance to learn.

  22. Geraldine Bowman

    Your sense of colour is amazing. I’m currently knitting with merino silk lace (blue spruce) and every few rows I admire the colour variations. I’d love to have your book as a further reference.

  23. Penelope Goodes

    Oh my goodness, what a perfect book – I can’t think of a better author for a book on dyeing. Sweet Georgia yarns are the most delicious saturated colours.

    Dyeing is the last frontier for me. Since I’ve been spinning raw fleece, I’ve started thinking about giving it a try. Felicia Lo is exactly who I want to show me the way.

  24. Kathie

    I *really* don’t have time for another hobby beyond knitting & designing, but am so tempted to try – this looks like an amazing resource!

  25. Lyn Y

    Looks like a very informative book ….I am interested in learning about dyeing . Thanks.

  26. yolanda

    Dyeing is on my list of fiber things to try in 2017.
    I’m taking spinning classes and love to spin.
    This book sounds perfect.

  27. Ginny

    I would love to read this book. It sounds like it is designed to get the creative juices bubbling!

  28. Josiane

    I’ve been wanting to try dyeing yarn and fibre for a long time now, but have alwways felt intimidated… It sounds like this book would give me all the info necessary for me to finally gather enough confidence to give it a try! Thanks for the review, and for offering us a chance at winning a copy.

  29. Ramona

    I have such respect for Felicia and I’ve heard great things about her as a teacher. I’m sure this is an amazing book.

  30. Emme J

    What an interesting looking book. I’ve always been a little nervous with dying fiber vs yarn.

  31. Brianna

    This looks like an amazingly useful book! I’ll have to try and read it at some point.

  32. Carol Desrochers

    I’m building a room in my new house for my studio. I plan on setting up a dye area. This would be a great resource.

  33. Norma

    I could use this book as I am about to dye my own yarn. Thanks Knitty for all your work

  34. Suzanne Hediger

    Sounds like a great book! I’m really interested in the troubleshooting section.

  35. Sam

    I started getting into dyeing this past year, and spun my first Sweet Georgia fleece a couple of months ago. Both of those things tell me that, yeah, I need this book!

  36. Nadine Foster

    I have all the tools, now the book might help with getting them out and using them.

  37. Emily O

    Wow! What a wonderful book! I’m so scared of color… I think I need Felicia’s guidance! 🙂

  38. Melissa Freeman

    Sounds like a lovely book to add to the yarn or fiber dyer’s library! I definitely need to keep this in mind for my next book shopping splurge!

  39. Karen

    I’d love to take home dyeing to the next level- this book sounds like the perfect one to teach me. On my Wants list!

  40. Rowena Philbeck

    What a great book. I have dyed easy processes but this book would be great to have so I can learn to do more and explain about certain patterns of dyes that I have been wanting to know.

  41. Rebecca Skirvin

    I’m really excited for this book. I love Sweet Georgia Yarns and Felicia Lo is amazing.

  42. Rebecca Freeman

    This could be just the catalyst I need to get dying again! I loved it when I first tried it, but it has been quite a while…

  43. Sandra G

    I’ve only thought about dyeing so far, and This book looks like a wonderful intro to colours and dyeing. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  44. Nancy Gossett

    I love to dye yarn, and would love to expand my knowledge and be inspired by this book!

  45. Vivian

    I’ve just been getting into dyeing and knitting with color this year. I think this book would be perfect!

  46. Mary Keely

    Wow! It sounds awesome. I am always struggling with color and appreciate any help I can get. Would love to win this book!

  47. Carrie

    Ooh, I’ve been wanting to learn to dye yarn for years now. This book just might be the motivation I need to finally do it. Thanks for telling us all about it!

  48. Josee

    Looks like a must-have for the library! Will have to check with my LYS to see if they have or will have it.

  49. Melissa

    I’ve played around a bit using food coloring to dye yarn, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Would love to get a little more sophisticated.

  50. Annette

    OH THIS SOUNDS WONDERFUL. OK, i’ll quit shouting. But it truly does. I’m hoping I have some luck and get picked!!

  51. Jody

    Color theory is always interesting to me, and (like I need another hobby- oy!) I’ve been toying with dyeing lately. How perfect is this book?

  52. Anna A

    This sounds perfect! I have just started dyeing and am looking for a deeper resource than the internet (as wonderful as it is!).

  53. Michele Damron

    This looks like a wonderful resource! Would love to know more about color theory especially.

  54. Laurinda Pudlo

    What wonderful timing this would be.` I can’t find the right colored yarn to knit a shawlette for an almost-son’s fiance. I’m resigned to dyeing it myself. I’d love to be able to do a decent job, she’s such a sweet girl!

  55. Jennifer

    Dyeing is my favorite way to update recycled sweater in to fabulous yarn. This book seems like it might help me step up my current one dye-one-color practices.

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