Yarn!

I’ve been working with yarn a lot lately. I’ve been spinning and dyeing and, of couse, knitting.

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Here’s my sock yarn after a dyeing it with mint and adding an iron after-mordant. Grey. The book said it would be teal or grey. I was really hoping for teal. Maybe the ph of my water had something to do with it?

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I’ve been working on some mint solar dye. It’s leftovers from before. There hasn’t been much solar action lately, so it’s slow going.

I’ve been spinning more of the Alpaca/Silk. I’m trying to finish up the 2 oz.

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Depending on how much I get, I might be buying more. I really want to knit a shawl out of it. I’ve been surfing around, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen anything I like. I have never knit a shawl before so I don’t know if this is a good project to try to design… Thoughts?

Here’s the first skein after its bath.

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The yarn has fluffed up quite a bit. It has a bit of a halo. I love how soft and fuzzy it is. I don’t think I’ll be dyeing it; I like the colors the way they are.

I’ve been getting some KIP time with the Podster 2.0 gloves. I’m on the cuff of the second.

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The angle of the picture makes the cuff look super long but it is actually about 2 & 1/2 inches. About one inch to go.

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6 thoughts on “Yarn!

  1. I have been on a mega shawl kick and highly recommend them. My go-to pattern is a “basic triangular shawl” or something where you knit until you run out of yarn in garter stitch and involves a lot of striping…great for those odd bits of handspun. They are also oh so useful omg.

  2. I love the grey! I think it is very soft and pretty. I have never dyed by yarn before, but I wanted to try. Any tips? I have a 100% cotton in white that I wanted to dye a beautiful tangerine color.

    • I would recommend the WordPress blog Grackle & Sun. The writer does a lot of dying and describes everything in great detail. I would also recommend buying the book the handbook of natural plantdyes. It’s a little pricey ($25) bu tit’s a great start. I’d also join a natural dye group on ravelry. People are so nice about helping.
      As for the tangerine yarn… Calendula and madder root with a mordant of 15% WOF alum and a modifier of5% WOF cream of tartar. (WOF is weight of fiber. This is why I recommended the book. She explains mordants and the like.) Onion skins will also you an orange-ish tangerine color. Good Luck!

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