Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Difference a Dye Job Can Make

A few years ago at Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR, I came across a 4 ounce strip of dyed Merino/silk top from Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks. It was dark blue (black in places), indigo blue, brown gold, greens with undyed white sections. The colors were so appealing to me, I bought 8 ounces. I spun it up, took pictures of it, and tried to sell it on Etsy. Instead a member of the spinning/knitting group I belong to in Elko bought it and made a beautiful Baktus Scarf! I wish I had a picture of it, I would share. But this is the yarn.
I have decided that Navajo plying is my preferred method of finishing hand painted yarns. You get much better color changes and not as much striping as if you two ply it, and a stronger yarn.
I bought the same colorway the next year, don't remember what happened to the yarn, I guess I sold it on Etsy.
Last month I thought about it again and ordered more. When I got it I wasn't sure I would like it. The colors weren't as heavy this time, instead of broad splashes of bold color, it's more like it was spattered with color.

So I wasn't sure what would happen with it, and I remembered that I had liked the last few batches I'd had so much! 
 So here it is, and I love it! It really is that light, although its washed out a little by the sun shine through the window...

In other news, my daughter started working at a local restaurant, nights, so I have Joy all day while she sleeps, and all night while she works. I tell ya, I haven't been this tired in a very long time :)


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Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Becky!! I love Lisa's stuff, although once I get it (her yarn) I always have trouble with gauge. I hope to be more of a regular from now on!

Hugs to you!

Sharon said...

You are the Charlotte's Web spinner of fiber. As for watching a granddaughter, I need to sleep for a week after we have ours.