Okay, I know I promised more blog posts than this, but the end of the school year is just running us crazy!! There was the Community Family Run track meet at the end of the track program . . .
And Vash’s birthday
And the Farmer’s Market
So the fact that I got ANY dyeing done at all this week is a miracle.
But I did – and I’m not going to show you any of it . . .
. . . yet.
Instead I want to show you what the yarns I dyed the week before (and earlier) look like after rinsing and reskeining as it gives you a better idea of what a knitter will get in their final knitted project using this yarn.
I will start with the Marigold and Indigo dyed yarn.
Here it is after rinsing and reskeining.
Here is a close-up so you can see the many varied tones that move through the yarn.
There was my favorite rainbow yarn.
Here it is re-skeined
And again – a close up to show you the range of tones in this yarn.
The Rainbow yarn is made by dipping the yarn in pots of fustic, madder, cochineal and indigo. Does that look like just 4 colors? That’s what you get with plants – tones that move and change in a way you can’t control – it does it on its own.
Lets look at the indigo dyed yarn dipped partially in fustic.
I actually noticed that the indigo dyed yarns don’t have the same tonal qualities that my other plant and wood dyed yarns seem to have. I don’t see the same color movement in my indigo yarns that I see in some of the others and I think you see that in the above yarn when comparing it with some of the other yarns.
The next yarn was one of my problem yarns. I tried to fix the color combination by dipping the ends into a pot of logwood grey
Here is how it looked re-skeined.
Another blend I did was made using a dip of madder, cochineal and indigo.
Reskeined, it had a red, white and blue feel.
Here is the close-up.
Here’s a yarn I dyed back in May.
This is a combination of brazilwood, cochineal and logwood.
Here is the final skein.
Then there is the yarn that I NEVER expected to love – that I LOVE.
The tones in this yarn are just stunning.
Finally, here was another one that I had little hope for when I dyed it. It was a skein dyed in madder root that got a dip in brazilwood to try to cover a wierd variation in the way the madder dye took to the yarn.
However, in the rinsing, alot of the brazilwood blended into the madder dyed section, forming this beautifully rosy toned yarn.
Here is the closeup.
Okay, all done.
I know this post was long – I just am so amazed with what I am getting in my final products. There are a bunch of pink/purple blends curing right now using my 100% merino superwash base yarn for next week.
Two more days and then school is done. I don’t know if that is going to be better or worse when it comes to getting things done around here, but scheduling should get easier. A break would be really really nice around now.
Tomorrow is the solstice. A holiday I love – being the longest day of the year – and I dread – since the days will now start getting shorter. But it is reassuring that the wheel continues in its movement and I still have 3 months of longer days than nights before we hit the equinox. I wish you all a happy turn of the wheel.