This is what I’m knitting on in between dyeing and other projects: Very simple pattern. I’ll write it up when I’m done knitting. Since I have 2 skeins of the blues and 1 of the orange, I calculated so that … Continue reading →
Wow… another week rolls around, and I had opportunity to play some more with Primo Lace, this time using the same dry-dye technique that I’ve been using on the Phydlbitz Sock. I especially tried to use dyes that are made of multiple dye molecules of different colors. A few in particular always give astounding multi-color results, like Gold Ochre, Olive, and Ecru, although I didn’t use Ecru this time.
Also, each of these Primo Lace were dyed with only TWO jars of dye for each pair, if I remember correctly, although a couple of them got a dip into a light base dye solution first for an undercoat (like 356-357 had a yellow dip dye before topping with a Sky Blue and a Kelly Green). And Gray appears on both 352-353 (with Pink) and 368-369 (with Burgundy), but the Gray behaves differently depending on what else is present . So if it seems like there are more than just two colors that is because of the magic that comes from dry-dyeing blended dye powders. And it really does seem like magic, because you can’t tell by looking at the dye powder all the individual molecules that exist — it’s only when you apply dry powder to wet yarn that each molecule expresses itself. That’s what makes each one really unique.
These were all dyed as Twinsets, and I have rotated one skein of each pair so you can see all the colors within each pair. Some people seem to like those little flashes of light where the dye didn’t reach, so I don’t mind letting you see them when they happen. It’s a result of the inexact science of how I’m dyeing, and my failure to adequately force blending to each bit of yarn — the blending happens after I have sealed the pouches and manipulated it from the ‘outside’, so I can’t see all of it once it is sealed.. I really am trying to improve on this, but I know someone will love even my imperfections.
All of these are on Primo Lace, 80/20 Merino/Silk, 1000 yards, $32.00 each. These will be ready to ship on Monday after they are fully dyed and reskeined.
To claim the one(s) you want, just send me an email, and let me know which ones you want.
ALREADY CLAIMED: 352, 353, 362, 363, 368, 369
The batch I showed on the rack yesterday has been reskeined, in spite of a printer not wanting to work because it’s almost out of magenta. 🙂 These are all Phydlbitz Sock, 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430+ yards each. These … Continue reading →
Sometimes I make mistakes, and sometimes I just have a bad dye job that doesn’t measure up to what I can accept.
I have recently been exploring dry-dye techniques, and for the most part it has been going quite well. And on many of the yarns, i’m getting a result I refer to as a sort of “marbling” effect, such as those that I showed last week on the 258-259 and 262-263 Twinsets — light and dark areas schmearing along the skein. I like that effect.
BUT on this Twinset I dyed yesterday, on 100% Superwash Merino fingering, I DO NOT like the obviously undyed parts. It just looks sloppy.
So I am going to pair these up with an unclaimed Phydlbitz Sock yarn ….
and make Tropic-Strip wrap of some sort. And, if luck is with me, those unfortunate undyed bits will work to my advantage.
So, while I can’t be happy selling the yarn as being up to my standards, I can turn the bad dye job into a glorious Something that maybe some one will want to buy. 🙂
There are yarns coming next week to pique everyone’s interest (Primo, Phydlbitz, plus 3 NEW types of yarns!), but this morning I was able to dye up some Primo Lace for you to see this weekend!
All of these are Primo Lace – 80/20 Merino/Silk, 1000 yards – and they aren’t superwash so, using the dry-dye technique, the dyes were able to migrate and flow, creating unique colorways on each skein!
These will be $32.00 apiece when they go to the Blog Reader Specials page this weekend, but for preview pricing today and tomorrow you can claim your selections here for just $27.00. Just send me an email to claim the ones you want; requests are filled in their time-stamp order on the email; sometimes this blog system does not notify me when comments are made here. Also, if you are a new client, be sure to let me know your state or country so I can calculate shipping charges. These will be ready to ship on Monday.
I tried to rotate them so that you would see all the colors mixing and mingling on each skein; the fronts are virtually the same as the backs. 🙂
Already Claimed: 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 302