23 February 2008

oh yes. more dyeing.

skein blue 1

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.

skeins unwound

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).

skeins autumn and blue

Want a closer look?

skein autumn

Of course you do.

skein blue 2

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.

skein blue close

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.

34 comments:

zoesquid said...

Ok - I think it has officially become an addiction. How bout running a competition to name your colorways. Perhaps you could give the lucky winner one of your skeins (assuming you could bare to part with it of course). Love your work.

blackbird said...

I believe that an intervention may be called for - as zoesquid says, it has officially become an addiction.
Perhaps a visit from an American friend can break it.

Niki said...

Beautiful work! Love the yarns!

Amy said...

Oh I completely agree with zoesquid!

Bec said...

Well, I can't help myself. I think that the bluey/grey colourway should be called 'Crazy Nanna'. I can just imagine an eccentric nanna with wiry grey hair (not smooth silver grey, but a mottled, multi-grey) who has just had a blue rinse done, and decided to go a little crazy and get some red streaks...just for fun. Hmmm...I think I want to be that crazy nanna when I am older!!!!

And the other one? Maybe 'Forest Rave'....In a previous life (LONG long ago) I used to go to Earth Cores just out of Melbourne. For some reason this yarn reminds me of this.

Anyway, both are beautiful. Can't wait to see what you make with them :)

Emma said...

I love the blue! When are you going to start marketing all these pretty colours?

Jodie said...

I think the blue is "Father's day licorice" and the green is "summer pistachio".
I must be hungry.

Blossom said...

Great great work and such lovely colours...I think you have a gift for this.

Blossom said...

a PS....I just read Zoe squids idea and I love it!!!

Stacey said...

You must have a huge stash of hand dyed yarns now. They are just gorgeous - and I am seriously impressed with your skein winding. Its the unwinding I'm no good at - you reckon I can get them into a useable ball? Not a chance and a playful is an added difficulty factor.
I had a Crazy Nanna and I think Bec's choice of name to colour is spot on.
The bottom one reminds me of hibiscuses.
My camera has red issues as well. I have real trouble photographing knits for my Etsy store with any yarns that have red shades. Don't know what that's all about...

Laura Jane said...

OK - they are officially gorgeous and you may have found a new career.

I think the Bluey one looks like a "Sultry Sunset" and the green one looks like a "Forest Mage"

My two cents

kt said...

Ok, I'm writing my color choice names before I look at anyone else's comments...

The blues-mix is "Dilly-Dilly" (and I'm sure you get the reference), and the other is "Fall In Leaves".

Howzat?

Blossom said...

I have a question.......
when shopping for wool in an op shop......how do you tell the difference between REAL wool and its cousin *acrylic* when there is no label on the ball???

Belinda said...

Wow! Really love this, looks so professional- just like a bought one!
Thanks for sharing your dyeing with us- it's very inspiring.

Names... for the blueish one, Barrier Reef- the colours remind me of the water and the corals.
The greenish one, Forest Floor- for the leaves and bark and soil.

Ex-Shammickite said...

I'm interested in the answer to Blossom's question too... I come across lots label-free of op shop wool, ooops I mean yarn, but I don't know how to tell what the contents are.
Love your dyeing efforts, what are you going to knit.... and how much do you dye at one time?
PS I may be that Crazy Nanna your commenter was talking about, I just had a new grandson last week.... he's gorgeous. And I need to knit something for him!

crafty said...

Autumn and Blue work fine for me.

Thanks for the closer look, I most definitely did want a closer look.

Jelly Wares said...

Wow... Both dye lots look fantastic!!! You're really getting the hang of it now. I wouldn't know where to start. The green one screams 'melon crush' to me, what do you think??

Jodie

Jelly Wares said...

Wow... Both dye lots look fantastic!!! You're really getting the hang of it now. I wouldn't know where to start. The green one screams 'melon crush' to me, what do you think??

Jodie

sooz said...

They are freakin gorgeous Suse!!! I am so darn excited about having a go, but I fear I may be paralysed by indecisions as colour blending is not my forte at all. Yours are just heaven. Oh and you should so borrow Di's winder, I am sure she's bring it on retreat...

Suse said...

Wow, great suggestions.

I think I like Dilly Dilly, and Forest Floor as their official names.

No, I don't have a huge stash of handdyed yarns. The rainbow yarn was all knitted up for son #3, the green is almost used and the remainder is spoken for (fingerless mitts for son #2), one went to Perth as part of a gift, and I have three remaining skeins (Dilly Dilly and Forest Floor and the stove top dyed one).

Re unlabelled op shop yarns - acrylics have a slightly rough texture I find, and often have a glisteny sheen from the icky fake part. Real wool feels woolly and natural. Hard to describe. Acrylics won't dye, so if you buy some and it doesn't take the colour then you know it was acrylic. That was helpful, wasn't it?

Ex-Shammickite said...

Very helpful... ta very much.
I'm off to the op shop.... BYE!

MsCellania said...

May I just say
YUMMY?
Give Sueeeus a big, huge HUG from me and my boys.

Dawn said...

I think the green and red one should be called something like Green Olives and Pimento or just Piimento...

meggie said...

Fantastic! Won't go for names, with colours like that who needs a name??

elena jane said...

so very pretty....

Jen said...

Pure eye candy! Do you dye for others? I have 5 skeins of Sweet Grass Wool in "natural" that is just dying to be dyed.

Kathleen said...

Love your hand dyed yarns, they are gorgeous! Don't stop now!!! Sorry to fuel the addiction but really they are really nice!

Poppy & Mei said...

Oh they are so WANTY!
I think the blue one just needs to be called 'PING' & the other one...ummmmmm...Xxx

Isabelle said...

Good enough to eat, those colours.

Liz said...

Some of the other names are much better, but every time I look at the blue one I think of a berry pie and I get very hungry.

For the green one I'd go with Melon Sherbet.

(everything related to food these days, you see...)

eclair said...

I'd call the green one Leucadendron and the blue one Porphyrio - which sounds nicer than Swamphen. In fact, it sounds like a character out of Shakespeare) - I can't remember what they are called in Australia although we did see them at Healesville. I know they have a native name. We call them Pukeko.

Ashley said...

Gorgeous! I just spent all day dyeing over here at my house...isn't it so fun?! Come let me know what you think of my work!

Molly said...

How do you do that? Get so many colours in one skein? They are gorgeous! Would love to know what you thought of The Gathering. I've heard conflicting reports.....

nutmeg said...

Absolutely lovely colour combinations - you can really tell you love your work Suse.