I have decided to add a new yarn to my store and here it is.
I love this yarn! It is a cashmere/silk lace weight yarn. The cashmere gives it a beautiful drape and a bit of a halo. The silk makes it shimmer. It is extremely soft.
Especially for this yarn I came up with a new dyeing method. The colours change every 1 – 2 inches and flow smoothly from one shade to the next. Every skein is 3.5oz (100g) and has 1.430yds (1.300m). Have I told you how much I like it? ; )
Now that I have discovered the joy of spinning for myself I’ll add some hand dyed fibers to my store again. Here is a preview:
I have also started a facebook page where I will give you a sneak peek of the yarns and fibers I am working on. Check it out:
Published July 15, 2009
Life in general , My store , Sewing
My Etsy store will be closed in August. So please let me know if there is anything you need before I put my store in vacation mode. Thank you!
Even though my blog suggests I have not been doing much lately the truth is that I have not blogged about the things I have done. I have been making jams, jellies and syrups. I have made cakes, cookies and bread and (big surprise) I have even been sewing. The sweater I started in August last year is almost finished and I have started another scarf with handspun yarn.
Unfortunately I also have been hit by another worsening of my Asthma so that all that activity has slowed down to a trickle yet again.
In the photo is a silk/merino blend for my oldest daughter whose favourite colour is blue. The yarn is inspired by Intertwined. It is a single ply yarn where you add sparkly embroidery thread. I have been trying hard not to overspin the yarn. It will all be obvious when it comes off the bobbin! I think I should spin more often so that I remember the things I have learned the last time I did it.
I am not sure what I enjoy more: spinning the yarn or knitting with the handspun yarn…
Published July 6, 2009
Dyeing , My store
When I design a yarn I start with how I want the colours to appear in a knitted sock. To avoid pooling I rewind the skein I get into very long skeins before I dye them. Then I apply the colours in a way that one colour is dominant with intermittent lengths of different colours in between. These are examples of how a variegated yarn looks like knitted up ( Photos are either my own or used with permission):
I also dye striped socks, where I reskein the yarn into even longer skeins so you get clearly defined stripes in a knitted sock:
Another design I have created are transitional yarns. These are dyed in 5 or 7 wide bands that change from one colour to the next.