Wednesday, 27 May 2015

May Etsy Update: all the yarns!

Yesterday I did a major Etsy shop update, with tonnes of beautiful hand dyed, recycled yarns. Here are some of my favourites.

These beauties are from the same sweater, love that pop of sparkle in this great wool acrylic blend.

All three of these colourways were dyed on the same %100 lambs wool sweater base. They're sport weight and would make a great pop of colour in a shawl (especially a West Knit).

Check out my shop for more great yarns at great prices! 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Dyeing combination fibers - Swatches!

A friend of mine had this giant cone of yarn that I think she picked up at a garage sale a while back. Just yards and yards of it,and all in a boring nude colour, so I offered to dye it up for her. The problem? It's about a 50/50 linen/silk blend. which means half of the fiber will want an acid dye, and the other half a reactive dye. So that means experiments!

So I skeined off 1000 yards to set aside for the final dyeing, and then wrapped up a couple mini-skeins to do some tests.

Here's the results, from top to bottom: original colour, Acid dye teal, Acid dye peach, Reactive dye Violet, Reactive Dye Black, and the last one I cooked the yarn with some saskatoon berry preserve, which came out a nice purple, but faded out in the wash.

In the close up of the teal, you can see that the acid dye, which will dye only the silk mainly dyed the white flecks in the yarn. Which means the base yarn is the linen, and the white flecked single it's plied with is the silk.

The peach, also an acid dye hit the flecks as well, but being a red based dye, hit the linnign a bit as well. The fiber reactive violet dyed a bit more uniformly. But since I used almost no salt, it didn't have full penetrance in the linen.

Same goes with the black. The berry dyed yarn faded after washing, and the effect achieved was mainly just to tone down the yellow of the original colour.

Monday, 4 May 2015

May the Fourth Be With You : Star Wars Pattern Round Up

Today is Star Wars Day. And with Episode 7 on its way to theaters this Christmas, it's the perfect time to start knitting or crocheting some awesome Star Wars themed projects.

I managed to finish one that I had been working with since Christmas just last night, and framed it in time to celebrate.

OK so it's cross stitch not knitting or crochet, but it's still a fiber art, so who cares? The Pattern for this X-stitch is available from Wee Little Stitches on Etsy.

If Cross Stitch isn't for you, here are my favourites of what Ravelry has to offer.