The colors I purchased (and not in the order seen above) are: Buttercup, Cornflower, Cherry, Deep Purple, China Jade, Chestnut, Cranberry, Evergreen, and Raspberry. (Agent J got a bit excited and worked up when she saw her name on a jar!! You would have thought she was on TV or something!)
I really want to dye sock yarn that does not pool and I did an internet search to see if I could find out what techniques work best for non-pooling yarn. I’m sure there must be a great site out there that gives this info, but I could not find it and at some point you have to stop reading the internet and actually DO something, right??? So I know that it has to do with the lengths of the color repeats. I think probably the shorter the better. And I thought randomness would be good (and no, I did not officially generate any random numbers though I think that would be really cool!). I thought maybe if I fluffed out the yarn a bit and did a mosaic-y type of handpainting thing that would be fun. So here is what Skein 1 looked like when I was done handpainting (I used foam brushes, btw):
I placed the undyed yarn on top of some plastic wrap prior to handpainting so that when I’m done I can just wrap it up and stick it in the steamer. Here is my steamer set up (outdoors) and what the yarn looks like in the steamer:
Here are the colorways with some info on each one:
Skein 1 (Knitcole, can you think up some color names for me??)
For this skein I used the colors Chestnut, Raspberry, Cherry, and Cranberry. I was going for a brown and pink theme. I ordered Chestnut as brown from Prochem because online it looked like a nice deep brown. In actuality it is more of a purple and when you paint it on to the yarn the purple dye in it wicks up through the fibers quicker. In this case the purples actually look ok with the other colors, but it was not the look I was trying to achieve. I also discovered that I don’t think the mosaic-y painting is the way to go. I’m not sure it is going to prevent pooling and I think that the socks knit from this yarn are going to turn out to look very different from each other! Well it will be “a look” I guess.
For this skein, I did some color mixing. I added some Buttercup to the Chestnut to make it more brown and I added some Cornflower to the Jade to make it more Turquoise, and then I also used Cranberry. Now the girls all like skein 1 better, but I think I like skein 2 better. It is very trendy, for example, when I was looking through my Memory Makers scrapbook magazine – these colors are very hot in some of the layouts.
Can you get an idea from that photo? (I think it is ok to put that here copyright-wise as the photo is so small and there is a glare so as you can’t read the words, but I want you to get an idea of the colors used in the layouts.) The layouts all have turquoise, cranberry, and brown.
So let me know which colors you like better. I still haven’t dyed with all the colors that I have mixed yet. I just ordered some undyed roving and I have a lot already so I have to pick some colors for spinning. Do you think the second colorway would make a good sweater? What if I leave some more white space in it? Should I try ordering a different brown or do I have the right colors to mix my own? Hummm….
This post is getting to be rather long. I think I have to work on my conciseness. I haven’t even started to talk about my quest for the perfect yarn for the Simple Knitted Bodice. I guess that will have to wait for tomorrow! (And I’m also awaiting the arrival of fiber for my fiber swap partner!!!) (And I haven’t even told you about the Fiber Frenzy yet!)
Just to let you all know (and if you have reached the end of this and you are still reading I should probably bake you some brownies or something!), so far everything is going well with school – for the most part the girls really like their teachers and they are settling in nicely. We just have to work on getting the bus to get them to school on time! That would be just sooo nice! Have a great day!