Posted on August 06, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

Gauge Dye works mini skein rainbow kit self striping yarn knitting vibrations

We're gearing up for Fibrations on Sunday October 18!  

As always, I'll have a table full of discounted seconds yarn (perfectly beautiful but maybe underweight or a ooak colourway or a messy join or knot). It usually goes quickly so come by early if you want to snag a skein or two. 

And we'll have a little something for everyone - sock yarn, shawl yarn, sweater yarn, and (new!) some mini skein kits like the one pictured above. 

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Posted on July 03, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

yarn sits on a rock in front of a sunset gauge dye works self striping

We are happy to announce we have partial scholarships available for five spots in our summer club. Applications are open to anyone who might need a little help joining the club. 

Thanks to a generous contribution from a knitter who wishes to remain anonymous, Andrea Rangel and I have been able to add five spots to our sold-out yarn + pattern club and offer partial scholarships towards the cost of those club memberships. 

Andrea and I have teamed up again this year to create a collection of three knitting projects. Each month (July, August and September) we will send out an exclusive colourway and a perfectly coordinating pattern that lets the yarn shine. All the details are here

Applications are open to anyone, worldwide, who might need a little help joining the club. The scholarship will cover up to 90% of the cost of the club. Recipients will be asked to contribute 10% - 25% ($20-$50 CAD), based on what they feel is most accessible to them. Our aim is to make the club more financially inclusive. 

To apply, send us a note telling us a little bit about yourself and what the scholarship would mean to you. All applications should be sent to with the subject line YARN CLUB APPLICATION. We will be accepting applications until July 14, 2019.

Applications will be kept strictly confidential. In order to respect everyone's privacy, we will not be announcing the names of the recipients. Recipients will be chosen by lottery.

Andrea and I would like to send a huge thank you to our anonymous knitter who made this possible, not only through a financial contribution, but by proposing the idea to begin with. We would also like to thank Caroline Dick for consulting on this initiative and for donating her fees back to us, allowing us to create the fifth spot in the club. 

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Prism Break!

Posted on January 08, 2019 by Gauge Dye Works

Prism Break Shawl Pattern

New pattern alert! Alison Bjornson aka @oolawoola just published her first ever pattern, Prism Break

This pattern was designed specifically for my self-patterning SHAWL yarn. It's shown here in Skaha, and will work with any of Skaha's sister colourways from the Knit Outside collection. 

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Lisa's Sweater

Posted on December 05, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Flax Light sweater by Tin Can Knits in self striping Whiskey in a Teacup yarn from Gauge Dye Works


Meet Lisa. Lisa works at our booth at Knit City every year. She's great. 
Meet Lisa's Sweater. Lisa's Sweater is also great, though it does not work the booth at Knit City.
Lisa knit her Sweater using two skeins of our XL sweater yarn, the stuff that's intended for toddlers sweaters. Because here's the thing that Lisa realized: a 6-year-old is approximately half an adult, as far as sweater quantities of yarn are concerned. So by alternating skeins every row, she was able to make the stripes work and create an adult-sized version of this beauty. 
I know you have questions. The answers are: Flax Light, medium, yes, and definitely yes. For more details, see Lisa's Ravelry page here

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Preparing your Saxe Point Yarn

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Saxe Point socks French Beach Carmanah Gauge Dye Works Andrea Rangel

My most popular colourway this fall, hands down, has been the red-grey-tan Saxe Point, followed closely by the blue-grey-gold French Beach, both designed for Andrea Rangel's Saxe Point sock pattern. Carmanah, with its subtler green-grey-blue colours rounds out this collection.
Unlike your average self-striping sock yarn, these skeins are dyed with three distinct sections: stripes, heel/toe, and a contrast colour. For Saxe Point, the heel/toe is red; for French Beach, it's dark blue; and for Carmanah, it's light blue. 
If you're wondering how to best manage these different sections of the yarn, here's what Andrea recommends in the Saxe Point pattern:
  1. Wind the two solid colours in their own balls, so you can easily pull from them for the heels/toes/cuffs.
  2. Wind the striped portion into one ball. Knit your first sock, and then, for matching socks, pull off yarn until you see your starting colour again.

Saxe Point skein divided for sock pattern by Andrea Rangel Gauge Dye Works

There are ten stripes in the sequence (5 greys, 5 tan/brown/peach for Saxe Point) and the sequence repeats six times. So there are 60 stripes in total. If you would like to divide the stripes into two separate balls, you can count the colour changes to find the halfway point. 


UPDATE with instructions on how to wind the yarn:

Place the hank on a swift or around a friend's hands as usual. Start winding from either end and watch what's happening with the yarn.

If you the colours are changing every 4 m or so, you're at the self-striping end. Wind the yarn into a ball until the end of the striped section; all the grey will be in your ball and only the main and contrast colours will remain in the hank. At the transition from stripes to main colour, cut the yarn. Wind the main colour into a new ball. At the transition from main to contrast colour, cut the yarn. Wind the contrast colour into a new ball. 

If there is a long section of a solid colour, you're at the contrast colour end. Wind the yarn into a ball; there's about 40 m of the contrast colour. At the transition from the contrast colour to the main colour, cut the yarn. Wind the main colour into a new ball. At the transition from the main colour to the stripes, cut the yarn. Wind the striped section into a new ball. 

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Knit Outside

Posted on October 05, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Knit Outside | self striping patterning yarn from Gauge Dye works with shawl and sock patterns from Andrea Rangel

It's here! My Knit Outside collection with Andrea Rangel is available for pre-order! 

Along with the original three projects from our summer 2017 club, I've created new colourways for all three patterns: Goldstream, Saxe Point, and North Shore

Goldstream shawl self striping knitting pattern and wool yarn from Andrea Rangel and gauge dye works

Saxe Point shawl self striping knitting pattern and wool yarn from Andrea Rangel and gauge dye works

North Shore shawl self striping knitting pattern and wool yarn from Andrea Rangel and gauge dye works

I've also got a limited number of the beautiful print copies of Andrea's pattern collection. The print copy includes an ebook and is actually priced slightly lower than the ebook alone (thank you exchange rate!) so don't miss out! 

The patterns are also available individually through Ravelry or Andrea's website

Knit Outside print and ebook from Andrea Rangel

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July club project: Full Spectrum

Posted on July 31, 2018 by Gauge Dye Works

Full Spectrum rainbow self striping wool yarn hat by Andrea Rangel knits and gauge dye works

It's time to share our July project from my summer yarn + pattern club with Andrea Rangel: Full Spectrum! 

Full Spectrum geometric self striping wool yarn hat by Andrea Rangel knits and gauge dye works

It's a reversible toque with two different approaches to colourwork - a self-striping rainbow on one side and stranded colourwork on the other. 

Full Spectrum reversible self striping wool yarn hat by Andrea Rangel knits and gauge dye works

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