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1. November 2010 09:36
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Hand Dyed Merino Roving... Jobo-Colors-Style!

1. November 2010 09:36 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I've been working on a couple of commissioned projects this month... trying to get things finished for the Holidays... and this is one of them.  The plan is to make a pair of Lined mittens out of handspun yarn for a young woman who wears a lot of blue jeans and a black winter coat. 

Dyed Fiber

This is some super soft Merino Top (one of my favorites to work with, and also to dye with)  that I hand painted with some Jacquard Acid Dyes.  Basically I soaked the natural colored wool and then splashed it sparsely with shades of Black, Gunmetal Grey and bits of Teal Blue, then wrapped in Plastic Wrap and Nuked in the Microwave until set.  The places where the Black blended into the cream fiber created some nice brownish areas and the grays and blues are fading nicely from medium to light shades. 

fiber nests two

It might look in the photos like there is a lot of brown, but it's actually not as visible as all of that... the Grays, Blues and Blacks dominate quite nicely.  These little "Nests" of predrafted fiber will become a nice bouncy, round, worsted weight 3-ply yarn to even out the colors and blend the shades together further.  The light pearly blues and pale grays that appear sporadically in the mix remind me of the shimmering shades in Mother of Pearl... I think these mittens will require buttons of the mother-of-pearl variety to be incorporated into the design :) 

fiber nests

Maybe next week's Yarn Candy will be the finished yarn?  One can only hope...

17. September 2009 07:30
by Jobo
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Almost too pretty to Knitty!... Dragonfly Fibers Sock Yarn

17. September 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 1 Comments

 Gratuitous yarn Pics!  everyone likes to look at pretty yarn... don't they?

This particular Beauty is from Dragonfly Fibers... and was purchased on a Sock Yarn Binge from the Loopy Ewe.  If you like handpainted sock yarn... their selection is really excellent, and their website has various convenient ways to search for your favorites - by brand, by weight, and by colour family!  I am a sucker for pretty blues greens and browns.  I find I am always drawn to certain colourways... but it is interesting to search for colours that I normally wouldn't be attracted to.  Sometimes I find things that I love but didn't realize it yet!  (If Sheri at the 'Ewe happens to be reading... I'd love a coupon or something :P )

The colourway is 'Texas Bluebonnet'... and this yarn is their 'Dragonsock' 100% Superwash Merino.  The skein is 4 full ounces, so 390 yards - which is pretty good value.  I like to knit socks that are a little higher up on the ankle since I tend to freeze my butt off at the office (in my prime cubicle, sandwiched between the photocopier and the air conditionning vent) so the fact that there is a little extra length there is a plus for me.

Lately I have been completely intrigued by the pooling of handpainted yarns...  I think I have been reading too much of that Ravelry Thread about Pooling.  I know some people seem to think that having pooled or flashed areas ruins a pair of socks, but I find the idea fascinating.  There are always items on that thread where the maker says that they are "too pooled" or that the pooling is unattractive.  Somehow, those are always the ones I like the best!

I would estimate that these socks will have just the right amount of pool in them... with Medium Blues, fading to Greens and teals, then Chocolatey Brown.  I still haven't found just the perfect pattern yet but am actively on the search.  I've been dreaming about this yarn for a few months now, so any day I will get inspired and choose a pattern and have a go.  I think part of the reason I have been paying such close attention to the dyeing styles is that I have aspirations of dyeing my own sock yarn some day soon.  I went out and purchased some natural undyed yarn and am just waiting for the guts to get busy and messy.  I have some Landscape Brand dyes ready to go... just waiting for the mood to strike me.

  I think part of the reason I have been paying such close attention to the dyeing styles of different sock yarns is that I have aspirations of dyeing my own sock yarn some day soon.  I went out and purchased some natural undyed yarn and am just waiting for the guts to get busy and messy.  I have some Landscape Brand dyes ready to go... just waiting for the mood to strike me.

5. April 2009 17:52
by Jobo
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Captain Corriedale... Part 2 - Spun, Washed, Skeined!

5. April 2009 17:52 by Jobo | 2 Comments

So I finished my singles... plied and Voila!  

I think my extra twist paid off, because the resulting yarn plied quite nicely... giving more tightly wound yarn than I would normally get.  Which of course is exactly what you want with sock yarn in the first place.  Also, the long staples of the corriedale gave a nice smooth single, combined with the extra twist, resulting in a smooth strong strand.

The original roving had very distinct locations of colour, so I was surprised at how much the colours muddied here.  I suppose since it was 3-plied, the colours were able to spread out... giving longer gradations of shades, as opposed to discrete sections of colour.  I will remember this as I continue dying roving to spin... adjacent colours tend to mix into each other.  For example, Yellow next to blue gives some greenish tones.  Note to self, Purple next to Yellow gives brownish greenish mud. While the resulting muted tones aren't completely undesirable, I found the beige-ey light brownish areas kindof boring.  It would have been nice to keep the pretty purples and yellows distinct more.



Overall, very pleased with the way this yarn turned out.  Now I just need to finish a few of the current sock marathons so I can start a new one :) 

Either that... or I need to go and get another couple sets of DPNs... hmmm sounds tempting

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