Sunday, September 23, 2012

time to dye

so excited to tell you all that i'm busy dyeing and spinning for no-coast, the best indie craft show in the twin cities. it's just around the corner, on december 7-8 at midtown global market. i have so many new base yarns this year -- this is good stuff, including yarns from louet, nashua, austermann, naturally and brown sheep. check out this batch of yarn i dyed yesterday (above). i love how the color changes every few stitches. i can't wait to knit something up with it for the show. it will make a fantastic winter cap or cozy mittens.

getting yarn to absorb color in a perfect particular way is nearly impossible. there are so many variables at play. it just makes sense to have an open mind to whatever is going to happen. but sometimes it just doesn't look all that great. here's a skein i didn't really love straight out of the dyepot.

i liked all the colors, but not all that undyed white yarn sprinkled between the colors. i gave the whole thing a dunk in a bath of gold and here's how it came out.

overall, i think the added yellow tone gave it more depth. this is a pure merino (no itching) with a nice sheen and soft as a kitten.