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. 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.

  2. Rebecca Skirvin

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. Nancy Gossett

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

  6. Vivian

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Annette

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

  12. 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?

  13. 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!).

  14. Michele Damron

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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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