Yarn Bases

Dancing Leaf Dyeworks artisan yarns are chosen by Dalis with an eye for variety and texture. Merino, silk, cashmere, mohair and cotton and combinations make up her base yarns. She hand dyes all the yarn in her dye 'lab' on the farm, using wash fast acid dyes to achieve her artistically arranged colors, blending one to another in a pleasing palette of color. Yarns are from a smoke free environment. 

bee bop yarn base knitting

Bee Bop

DK      Content: Superwash merino wool      Yds/Wt: 200 yds.      2.5 oz.     
Gauge: about 4-5 sts per inch on size 4 needles Care: Machine washable (although I prefer hand washing) Similar to Sock Hop, just a bit thicker. It's wonderful for baby items as it is so soft and it's washable. Great for socks or cardigans too.

Pattern: SocksPattern: HandwarmersPattern: Rolled Cuff Handwarmers
biggie yarn base knitting


Worsted       Biggie is a gathering of 6 different yarns, 600 yards total in a mostly DK weight, all bundled together and dyed at the same time. When wound into balls, you will have 6 different balls at 100 yards each. The yarns are first skeined into 100 yards, then carefully tied together and dyed all at once. Free pattern comes with purchase. Choose between the rectangle shawl, rounded shawl,or poncho version. Enough luciousness to make a shawl, vest or whatever your imagination can conjure up. Available in all Dancing Leaf Dyeworks colorways. Biggie includes: Salsa (a mohair/wool blend), Loopy (a mohair boucle), Fuzzy (a brushed mohair), Twist (a merino), Pizazz (a novelty nylon), and Adorable (a silk/wool blend). 

Pattern: Wedding ShawlPattern: PonchoPattern: ShawlPattern: Shawl RectangleKit: Dream on ShawlKit: Wrap Me Up Buttercup ShawlKit: Wrap Me Up Poncho
boogie yarn base knitting


Bulky      Content: Superwash merino wool      Yds/Wt: 100 yds.      4 oz.     
Gauge: about 3-4 sts per inch on size 10needles Care: Machine washable (although I prefer hand washing) Very popular right now! This bulky weight yarn knits up quickly and is so soft. It's perfect for kid's garments and blankets as it's machine washable.

Pattern: Slouch Hat Pattern: Boogie Handwarmers
charleston yarn base knitting


Worsted Content: Superwash merino wool Yards: 200 Weight: 4 oz. Care: Machine washable (although I prefer hand washing) This yarn is so soft and cuddly, great for baby items, cardigans, blankets.

Pattern: Candy Shoppe PonchoPattern: My Go To Cardi
halo yarn base knitting


Worsted Content: Brushed mohair Yards: 330 Weight: 2.5 oz. Gauge: 4-5 sts per inch Size 5 needles Brushed mohair is making a comeback! Fluffy and fabulous!

island cotton yarn base knitting

Island Cotton

Worsted Content: 97% Cotton/3% Rayon Yards: 370 Weight: 8oz. Gauge: 4-5 sts = 1" Needles: Size 9 or 10 Care: Machine washable (although I prefer hand washing) An incredibly soft, luxurious cotton yarn. People just go crazy for its softness! It makes a great facecloth or washcloth, especially for a baby. Natural cream color.

lindy yarn base knitting


Fingering        Content: 85% Merino/15% Silk      Yards: 490      Weight: 2.5 oz.      Gauge: 7-8 sts per inch Size 2 needles      A luxurious super soft 85% Merino wool/15% silk blend. The spin is a bit different, an almost horizontal twist which will make it great for socks. It straddles the line between a heavy lace weight and a light fingering weight.

meringue yarn base knitting


Worsted      Content: 51% Silk/49% Merino     Yards: 220       Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1"      Needles: Size 2        Care: Hand wash.   This silky yarn has so much sheen, it glimmers! Perfect for shawls.

posh yarn base knitting


DK         Content: 70% Merino/15% Yak/15% Tussah Silk      Yards: 330      Weight: 4oz. Gauge: 4-5 sts = 1" Needles: Size 3-6      Gauge: 5-6 sts=1"      Ohhhlala! This is so soft and luxurious! The natural color is a silvery grey. I do dye this yarn, but am not putting it up as my hand dyed yet. If interested in a color, please let me know.

shimmy yarn base knitting


 Fingering     Content: 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon 4ply yarn      464 yds/100g       Care: Hand Wash.    Shimmy is such a nice, psringy yarn with the strength of nylon.  A joy to knit with, perfect for socks or shawls. 

shimmy mini yarn base knitting

Shimmy Minis

 Fingering     Content: 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon 4ply yarn      92yds/20g       Care: Hand Wash.       Shimmy is such a nice, springy yarn with the strength of nylon.  A joy to knit with, perfect for socks or shawls. These minis are great for gathering up a few for a shawl or for the small amounts you may need for colorwork.

 Bee Line Bouquet
slubby yarn base knitting


Bulky yarn      96% wool, 4% nylon      Yards: 137      Weight   8 oz.      Needles: size 11-15 
Gauge: about 2 -3 sts per inch on size 15      I LOVE this yarn. It's the perfect chunky yarn, with lots of character. it works up fast on size 11, 13, or 15 needles. Perfect for beginners, a scarf made out of Slubby takes only about 3 hours to knit. Great for your first cardigan too. Patterns using Slubby Nubby Slubby Nubby Vest Slubby Nubby Cardigan Slubby Nubby Capelet Slubby Nubby Mitts & Hat

Pattern: CardiganPattern: VestPattern: PonchoKit: CardiganKit: VestKit: PonchoKit: Throw
sock blank yarn base knitting

Sock Blank

Sock Blanks or Gradient Yarn     Content: 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon     Fingering weight      Yards:  463      Weight:   3.5 oz.       Size: about 10" x 33"      Gauge: about 6-7 sts per inch on size 2 needles.       These sock blanks are pre-knit into a long rectangle which then the dyer is able to dye flat and it yields a slow change of colors. You never need to change or add colors, it does it for you!

sock hop yarn base knitting

Sock Hop

Fingering      Content: Superwash merino wool      Yards:  400 (new)      Weight: 2.75 oz.      Gauge: 6 - 7 sts = 1".     Needles: Size 2 (larger for shawls).  Care: Hand wash although it can be machine washed since it's a super wash.  Perfect for socks, hence its name. It's 100% merino superwash wool, so go ahead, wash it! Also great for lacy shawls.

Pattern: Scarf