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From the depths of my stash ...
About a decade ago, still in the earlyish days of the resurgence of knitting, crocheting, weaving and other related fibre arts and before the related boom in indie yarns, a co-worker who had taken up handspinning gifted me a skein of yarn that she had spun and hand dyed. Thin end of the lace weight range, in a mix of purples and blues. Beautiful stuff. And I was terrified of it ... I'd never seen or handled yarn so fine in my life and I was convinced I'd wreck it if I tried to do anything with it. Over the time between then and now, thanks to the aforementioned resurgence and the related proliferation of information and technique books, the Internet in general and Ravelry in particular, my then-basic skills have been greatly enhanced. So last weekend, with my new handspun purchases reminding me of the existence of this, the first handspun ever to come into my possession, I dug it out of the stash, wound and weighed it, calculated its approximate yardage and cast on. Delicate as it appears, I now know that wool spun this fine is still tough as nails and can't be broken or pulled apart easily. And it's turning out very nicely IMO ...


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kejn From: kejn Date: 20th November 2016 09:18 (UTC) (Other places)
i know nothing about knitting, so questions:
1) is that yarn several different colors? (how does one do dye yarn so it gets different colors?)
2) what are you knitting with it?
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 20th November 2016 15:58 (UTC) (Other places)
Good morning!

Question #2 first because that's a simple answer: I'm knitting Japanese Vines Shawl. Mine won't be as huge as the one in the photos because my yarn much thinner than that used by the designer. The design isn't easy to see because lace patterns need to be blocked (stretched) once the knitting is completed; here's an old post showing my Vlad shawl before and after blocking.

Question #1: Yes the yarn is several different colours ("vareigated" is the English word for this) and there are several different methods for achieving this. Because of the way the hank of yarn looked before I wound it into a ball I know Erin began with plain white or cream natural-coloured wool and dyed it after spinning it into yarn and the bands of colours across the width of the hank tell me that she most likely used this dyeing method (or something very similar).

There are other techniques for creating variegated yarns by hand, the simplest being to just dip different sections of the hank into different colours of dye (yarn factories use machines to do this dipping method on a large scale)

And some handspinners dye the wool first before spinning it into yarn which lets them create unique colour effects that wouldn't be possible by dyeing the yarn after spinning: here are two different yarns spun from the same pre-dyed wool

Head spinning now? ;-)
kejn From: kejn Date: 22nd November 2016 05:49 (UTC) (Other places)
a bit, yes, but thanks for explaining! :)
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 22nd November 2016 23:40 (UTC) (Other places)
Always happy to gift people with an excess of information! ;-)

P.S. I really do know how to spell but my fingers have sworn an oath to do their best to make people think otherwise: that English term is "variegated" (not vareigated)
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