Okay, another busy work week has me behind on my craft work, so most of my yarn production has been involved in re-skeining the yarns I have already dyed to prepare them for the next show at the end of June.
One of my bases is a DK weight organic wool yarn. Today I am going to show you the colors I have in that yarn so far.
The first skein was dyed using ground cochineal bugs – which gives me my wonderful pink/rose tone.
There is a tonal varigation in this yarn that you may not pick up so well in this light.
For the next skein, I did a varigated pink and purple using cochineal and logwood.
Next is a skein using black walnut that came out fairly light in color.
Side by side you can see that Sandlewood gives a more rust/orange tone.
This one I may have shown you before. It is the fustic base yarn overdyed using a tye dye technique with cochineal that Jesse suggested. I like this one too.
Re-skeining takes time. If the wool goes through alot of rinses and there is some partial felting it can be a nightmare. Often I will start by taking the dried rinsed yarn, winding it into a ball and then skeining it into the hank that I will keep it in for display and sale. I skein it using my Kromski niddy noddy.
One full round on the niddy noddy is 70″ so I multiply the number of times I go around the niddy noddy by 70 and then divide by 36 to get the number of yard of yarn in each skein. I have mill ends so there are no set yardage amounts by skein because they vary. It also takes longer because I think that the yarn shrinks by a little bit during the mordanting/dyeing/rinsing process. I say this because I use my wool winder to create the original hanks of yarn that I then dye, yet when it is all done, the yarn is just a little too short to fit back around my wool winder for me to skein it. It definitely goes faster if I can put the yarn back on the wool winder before re-skeining. Hmm. Something to ponder.
So that’s all for today. I have to get back to work. The good news is that there is currently plenty of work to keep me busy. Yay work!!
Hope you like the colors we are getting with these dyes. Makes me smile. 🙂