Fresh from the dye pot

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’ve been working on building stock for an upcoming craft show in DeWitt, MI on November 12th.  I’ve been experimenting with some new color ways and am having to restrain myself from knitting with my dyed yarn!  I keep thinking, “Oh, that dip-dyed Honey would make wonderful socks or a cowl.”

Colorway "Honey" using a dip-dyed technique
Colorway “Honey” using a dip-dyed technique

I’ve also been working on my photography skills and have learned about shooting my photos in RAW mode and then I can more easily adjust the white balance so that the photo is a better representation of the color.  Before I learned that, I’d literally spent an hour one day photographing a few skeins of yarn and trying a multitude of camera settings.  Now, it’s much easier.

Introducing: Desert Sunset and Twinkling Teal

Hi there!  I wanted to introduce two of my latest creations out of my dye pot.  I typically do my yarn dying from 5am-6am before I have to get ready for my “real” job.  Sometimes, it’s hard to stop and start my work day!

Desert Sunset
Desert Sunset – 75% Superwash Merino wool/25% Nylon

I love the orange, purple, and pink colors in the yarn.  There are some dark greens which are hidden by the label.  In the future, I will be taking close-ups of my variegated yarns so you can see all the different color sections.

The second yarn I dyed this week is called Twinkling Teal because it’s using a yarn base of superwash merino wool, nylon and stellina, which gives the silvery sparkle.  I think I might keep a skein of this for myself and make some socks with it.

Twinkling Teal
Twinkling Teal – 75% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon/5% Stellina

 

I hope you enjoy looking at the splash of colors!

 

A Day at the Pond

I wanted to showcase one of my variegated yarns and decided to also design a new cowl pattern.  It’s going to be called A Day at the Pond, featuring my “DragonFly Dreams” colorway.  I’ve gotten good at “frogging”, which knitters call ripping out a project because we typical say, “rip it, rip it” which sounds like a frog ribbetting. Funny huh?  The reason I’ve had to rip my design out a few times is because some of the stitches created too loose a fabric and the ribbed edging flipped up onto the stockinette and it wouldn’t lie flat. Well, I’ve fixed it by having a ribbed design.

Walking and knitting
Walking and knitting in the sunshine!

I was walking in the neighborhood and thought, why not knit?  My pattern stitch repeat is only 12 stitches and three rows so it’s very easy to memorize.  The only issue I found was that I kept knitting past my third row because I was enjoying knitting and walking so I had more knitting to frog.  Oh well, I was knitting right?!

I like the pattern because it’s breaking up the colors in the yarn so they don’t pool together.  I hope to have this posted on Ravelry by the end of the month and will post when it’s available.

Anyone for tie-dye?

I got new Jacquard Acid dye colors last week and I love hot pink and turquoise so I decided to do some dyeing using a “resist” technique.  The result? Wow….

I have not decided on the name of this yet but I’m eager to knit with it.  I plan on making this Dropped Stitch scarf from Frazzled Knits.