In the previous blog post, I mentioned a bit about repeats, pointing out which hanks had a 36-inch or a 72-inch repeat of the color sequence.
When I prepare yarns for dyeing, I make hanks on a skein winder that results in a loop roughly 72-inches around. When the hank is laid out for dyeing it is a strip about 36 inches long. Some of my dye techniques — like segmented, variegated, and fades, for example) are dyed in a way that the color sequence noticeably repeats every 36 or 72 inches.
Other dyeing techniques that I use – like sprinkles, speckles, and schmears – are much more random and there isn’t always a discernible repeating sequence along the strand of yarn.
Dye jobs with discernible repeats can create self-spiralling stripes (when knitting socks or other tubular knitting), or other types of color pooling results, which may or may not be pleasing to the knitter.
When I hang the yarns up and show them on the rack to dry, you are viewing the 36-inch length, and I try to make it clear with the Twinsets whether it is a 36-inch or 72-inch repeat; I do this by rotating one hank of each Twinset so you can see all the colors and sequencing along the hank.
Mind you, the sequence repetition is not *exactly* 36 or 72 inches. While the starting hank is run up at roughly 72 inches around, the dye and washing process can cause the yarn to shrink a little. That’s why when I reskein on the exact same size hank, the colors get mixed all around.
But what I am wondering is this:
Once a hank is reskeined and the presentation photos are posted, it is not always clear how a yarn repeats, and not everyone wants to flip back to the rack photos to figure it out. So for the individual presentation listings, along with the BRS numbers, fiber content and yardage information, would it be actually useful for me to start include the repeat sequence, when appropriate? It wouldn’t apply for every hank, but for those with clear repeats, it can be done IF YOU THE KNITTER would actually find it useful.