Bay Ridge Dye Works

Liz from Bay Ridge Dye Works, a  local indy dyer, popped in our shop to show off her wares and boy did we love her yarns. Maybe it was the gray-ness of the day, or the long-ness of the winter already, but we love her feel for vibrant, rich color. Liz is a chemist by training so the fact that her colors are so strong and true is not a surprise. We are currently carrying her Lace, Sock, DK, and Worsted weight yarns. They are moving fast so come in to get your little piece of color therapy soon.

  • Bonny, a knitter capable of producing haute coutre piece
    Posted at 22:43h, 02 December

    When I wound my skein of Catalyst into a ball, I expected trouble. In full sunlight, I saw that her red, colorway Lobstah, was *way too* orange…. more orange than red. That’s not the color I was looking for. I also noticed that there were places where the dye had barely penetrated the yarn. Normally, I would have returned the yarn, but to do so would have cost me $6 in travel expenses plus a 90 minute trip to a yarn shop that is out of the way for me. I decided that it wasn’t worth the bother, both in time and money to return the yarn. I thought about swapping it. I decided to stash bust it into a hat, for my local charity sale was short of hats. The yarn had a good hand and performed as expected. I made a nice hat that I was going to sell at a charity sale. When I washed the hat in an Eucalan bath (something I always do with knits made out of animal based yarns), it bled badly. It bad as badly as Lilly Cotton–the cheap, over dyed dishcloth cotton sold at Michaels, Walmart, etc. I’m glad that I treated this as a poorly dyed yarn, not fit to use in a color work piece. I had to soak the hat in a bath of white vinegar and then soak it in a Eucalan bath. It *still* bleeds badly–as badly as Lilly Cotton after I’ve soaked it in white vinegar and washed it separately. Given that Liz is trained as a chemist, I’m amazed at how poor quality her dye job is. I took a look at Liz’s Etsy shop and saw that it’s empty. I sincerely hope that she is no longer selling hand dyed yarns–that is, until she dramatically improves the quality of her product.