Wednesday, 24 June 2009


So first of all, I want to say thankyou to everyone who commented on my last post. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, your feedback, and your support for this crazy new venture of mine.

I sat down at the sewing machine tonight, just to do some mending that I've been putting off, and it finally felt right again. So it wont be long before I have some more sewing to share with you all.

In the meantime though - progress is being made on the dyeing front - I have a few colourways I am happy with, and the colours are getting brighter and clearer by the day - all in the name of experimentation and risk taking!

I intend to share the things I am learning as I go, to stay tuned for the fist post in the series - Undyed Yarn.

To tide you over though, here's some eye candy:

What I dyed today

Now that I've discovered the best spot in my house for photographing the yarn - nothing can stop me!

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Knitting Needles, 1930s/50s

Ok, so here's the deal.

I have been wholly kidnapped by the knitting community.
I am powerless to resist - Ravelry has been stealing my time, yarn stash and postage runs, and suddenly all I can think about is wool, socks, cowls, jumpers, sheep and fibre. Perhaps it's the beginning of a new obsession, but I'm sure my sewing machine will not be neglected for too long!

In the meantime though, there are new projects afoot at Casa Hyena - namely the huge batch of undyed yarn I am slowly skeining by hand, and the array of Landscape dyes I have at my diposal....

Hand dyeing yarn is a mysterious business - full of trial and error and unexpected colour combinations - a journey which I am excited to be embarking on.

So what I'm trying to say is this - I feel as though I am starting at the beginning again - like the day I first looked at a sewing blog and started thinking about collecting some fabric, wondering if one day I would be able to sew a straight seam or construct something to fit any type of standard. Now, two years on, I have learnt so much from all my readers, met some amazing people, and made things I never would have though my two hands could create. All because of you. Yes, you - sitting there at your computer, poised to post a comment or feedback - I could never have done it without you. THANKYOU. From the bottom of my heart.

So now, I'm asking for your help once again. As I document the process involved in learning how to dye - I need some advice. Anything, everything. Books to read, places to buy fibre, dyeing techniques. Please tell me what you think, what you know, what you suggest...... all of it is useful, and all of it will help me as I jump in the deep end of a process and art form I know nothing about......

I have given myself this big batch of yarn to work out some kind of process, and to give myself the space to learn. I hope that some of you will buy some yarn from me, but what I wish for the most is that you will all help me to get there - to achieve a level at which I can make something I am truly proud of. We've done it together once, surely we can do it again?

This is probably the longest post I've written in the last year. An open letter to say thankyou to my community, and to re-engage on a new level.... if my latest foray into a new medium doesn't work, you can all expect skeins of sock yarn in your mail packages!

Thanks so much - let's get this show on the road, shall we?

all my love,

Leah xxx

Thursday, 18 June 2009


There are a lot of things around my house at the moment that are on the way to becoming other things:

a big order of undyed yarn, slowly being wound into skeins:

undyed yarn

Some divine Sanguine Gryphon sock yarn on it's way to being a pair of socks:

sock in progress

and my skein of Mae West hand dyed:

hand dyed sock yarn

has found a new home, travelling through the hands of another, to end up like this:

divine, no?

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here...

I love seeing finished projects made from my yarn - thanks Kirsten!

Otherwise, there is knitting and tea drinking and battening of the hatches going on here - Winter is settling in, and my motivations are lower and my activities more limited - I haven't sewn anything in weeks!

I'm trying to relax into the ebb and flow of blog writing, trying not to feel too bad about being a little silent around these parts lately - I know the urge to share will return, once I have something to show from my busy hands...

In the meantime, I hope you are all warm and cosy, and thanks for dropping in, even though I'm not always at home.....

I'll have more hand dyed yarn to share soon, and perhaps a sock pattern for you too!



Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Staying in with the Puzz...

This is pretty much what life looks like in our house at the moment......

winter with puzz

When I knit, I have to give her a cheapy ball of acrylic to play with, or else all hell breaks loose.

She may also start posting on this blog on my behalf:

winter with Puzz

Things are still on the quiet side around here - work has been kicking my ass lately, and the projects I am working on are all knitting related, which for me, takes time. Hopefully I'll have some finished objects to share soon.

In the meantime though, the shop still has some goodies in it - I messed up the link on my update post the other day, so if you haven't popped in, please do! I've put in an order for a wholesale amount of undyed sock yarn, so god help me if you guys don't buy it - I'll be knitting socks for the rest of my life!

I've been naming my colourways after fabulous women -

there's Patti Smith:

shop update

Debbie Harry:

shop update

and Mae West still available:

hand dyed sock yarn

Who can resist the idea of Patti Smith socks? Not me!