Awrighty, then! I woke this morning around 2:00 (eeek!), and tried valiantly yet unsuccesfully to return to sleep.
So I did what anyone would do — I ordered over $300 in assorted dyes to replenish my supply, and almost $2,000 in yarns. There are a dozen different types of yarns coming, including a few with bamboo, and one with a Merino/Tencel blend (I think that’s a sock yarn, if I remember correctly). I got good supplies for my regular yarns, and then 1 each of the other items.
I have no idea how these new yarns will work out for me; i.e., whether I like working with them AND (more importantly) whether they will sell quickly enough to make them worth repeating.
The dyes and the yarns should arrive by next Friday.
Yesterday I tried dyeing a blank using a different method. I’m not sure I like the result. This is 1000+ yards of Knitterman’s Lace (100% Merino). I was aiming for something, and it didn’t work as planned.
The streaks across were intentional but the running streaks were not what I wanted. I was hoping for the dye to more evenly bleed downward to fade.
Granted this was a temporary make-shift set-up, and I know what I need to do in order to make it work better for me. I’m still not sure the end result is worth the additional effort, and I’m not sure how this will work up.
On the other hand, I could try knitting blanks and deliberately painting them in various ways to create yarns in styles other than stripes. That would be entering the area of “art work” and would seriously increase the cost of a single hank … and who would want to rip out a painted sheet of fabric just to knit up some other thing? .