Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dyeing Update

Finally I have some pictures uploaded to share my dyeing adventures with you, dearest theoretical reader. I have been having so much fun in my dyeing workshop, especially since Chris helped me finish my skein winder. Now I can quickly and easily wind my cones of undyed yarn in easy-to-dye skeins, and then go crazy with the dye. I am nervous about dyeing too much yarn before I open up for orders...what if no one wants some of the colors and so I end up with a whole bunch of unwanted yarn? Thankfully I like all the color-ways I have come up with, so I guess I could just knit myself a lot of purple socks, or whatever. I guess I just need to bit the bullet and do it. I am not going to sell any of it if I don't have beautiful examples to show off. I won't start officially accepting orders until July 16th (July 14th for the Knit Picky crowd), but if you are interested in my yarn, especially if you are a yarn shop owner, feel free to go ahead and contact me now! I am still working on the website, there are a lot of pictures up but still a lot to add. Here are some pictures of my skein winder (made out of PVC!) and some freshly dyed yarn drying to give you a peek "behind the scenes." And I have to brag and point out that the pretty, brightly colored yarn (the left one in the picture of the two colorful skeins) was designed and dyed by Chris. Didn't he do a good job? Can you believe its his first time dyeing?





Update: The green yarn dried overnight and now its beautiful, at least I think so (but then I really like green). Here is a picture of it in the skein- click to make it larger. I have just cast on for a simple triangle shawl out of it. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

5 comments:

Cass said...

I'm sorry I'm always missing you on AIM; I think it's the time difference. I'm glad to hear you're gearing up for the Painted Sheep launch. I'm very excited for you. It's very brave to take a plunge like that. Do keep me posted.

yvonnep said...

indeed, gorgeous colors

maxine said...

Lovely indeed. I have a bunch of loopy yarn and I am just not getting a swatch I am happy with . The ball band suggests size 11 needles I think and I have gone up to 17 and still say eww. Any suggestions?

Laura said...

Maxine,
What is it about the way the yarn knits up that you don't like? I am making my shawl on size 10s and am happy with how it looks-- it isn't lacy, though, if thats what you are wanting.

maxine said...

Maybe it is just knitting up bulkier than I would like. I am going to try a bigger swatch. Maybe that is my problem. I have this type yarn in two different weights also, so maybe I will play this weekend and see what I can come up with.