23 February 2008
oh yes. more dyeing.
For your viewing pleasure, we have 150g of 8ply alpaca blend (50% alpaca, 50% wool). Wound into a very long hank as you can see below, using the entire length of my dining table. Dyed with a range of blues, and one short burst of purple and another equally short burst of rust red. This was an attempt at self striping yarn, so we’ll see what happens.
The other hank is 100g of 8ply tweedy wool. It was originally a natural beige colour with a fleck of black and sticky out thready bits. (That’s tech talk for the yarn fans amongst you). I wound it into a short skein and mixed the colours into a series of lovely autumnal hues – a combination of murky browns, olive and forest greens, and rusts and oranges – and painted it on in chunky bands.
Here are both all wound up into neat skeins (just like bought ones, as my mum would say).
Want a closer look?
Of course you do.
My camera must pick up red because in real life the red is more subtle and the overall impression of this skein is blue with a very occasional ping of red. I have no idea what it will look like knitted up; I’m just having fun trying all sorts of permutations.
I’m definitely improving at the twisting into a storage/display skein. Very professional looking. I can even do it with my eyes shut. (Kidding).
Hey, I ought to name my colourways like the big kids do, shouldn’t I?
Or let you?
Yeah ... have at it.