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

  1. Lyn Y

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

  2. 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.

  3. Ginny

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Emme J

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

  7. Brianna

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

  8. 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.

  9. Norma

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

  10. Suzanne Hediger

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

  11. 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!

  12. Nadine Foster

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

  13. Emily O

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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