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Pretties on the way ... - The Bibliophile
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Pretties on the way ...
Because I have lots of yarn and no time to knit it (work is insane this year but that's a whole 'nother post), but I end up buying more of the stuff because hand dyed/painted, limited editions, one of a kinds ... well, you see the problem. These things are often a case of buy when you see it because it's only available for five minutes and then it's gone forever. And shopping is so much faster than actually knitting.

So due to that logic, skeins of Gauge Dye Works River Rock and Small Batch 006 (see? so limited they aren't even bothering to give it a name!) are coming to live with me.

My excuse, such as it is, is that besides the lovely colours/shading, these are shawl-sized skeins ... nearly twice the amount of yarn that one usually gets in a skein of yarn. See, the downside of the amazing indie yarns (as opposed to the factory-dyed, perfectly-matching-dyelot big companies) is that even two skeins dyed in the same pot will be slightly different (depending on how they are dumped in/fished out). If hand painting is involved then there's the added issue that spacing/distribution of colours will vary because it's all being judged by human eye rather than accurately measured by machine. Even a couple millimetres' difference in the skein will be glaringly mismatched in the knitting. So making a large shawl gets tricky ... safest thing is to do something that involves stripes or other colour patterning so that one can use multiple skeins without having the mismatch thing happening. But I'm not really a huge fan of stripes (aside from those in self-patterning yarns) or contrasting borders that just look like "I ran out of the first colour so just banged on a random different colour" (I prefer some integration between multiple colours so that it looks planned rather than accidental). And sometimes one just wants to knit just one skein from end to end with no extra ends to weave in or trying to figure out what looks good with what.

Plus it's a Canadian dyer in the province next door (gotta support the small local businesses!) and she gets rave reviews for the quality of her work.

And it's PRETTY!!!

Just to prove that I'm not just hoarding, that things are still actually being made ... even if only at the rate of one complete round per coffee break at work ... See!!! Hand painted! These are two halves of a single skein and there's a definite difference in accent colour distribution (though the photo is lying about the background colour as they are both the same blue/grey) ... something I'm quite happy with in socks but really don't want to see happening this drastically in two sleeves of a sweater)

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zappo From: zappo Date: 5th June 2017 06:46 (UTC) (Other places)
XD that picture looks just like a bikini top having fallen off two boobs... or is it just my silly imagination?

Have you tried home dying? My mother went through two phases of dying, first with flowers and herbs and later with mushrooms. Very pretty colours, but some of those mushrooms smelled reeeeeally bad, I strongly recommend boiling them outdoors.
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 5th June 2017 12:48 (UTC) (Other places)
LOL!!! Yeah, it does, doesn't it? Never noticed that, probably because I "see" the actual three-dimensional objects when I look at the photo, knowing their exact engineering and what body shape/part they are actually shaped to fit (doesn't ever seem likely from their appearance at this stage but those symmetrical-appearing wedges actually will conform themselves perfectly over the non-symmetrical curves and angles of my toes. :-)

I've contemplated trying dyeing (there are less smelly substances that are safe for home methods) and may do so someday. But right now the "no time" thing prohibits it and there's a ton of indie dyers (and spinners) who have so far, between them, managed to come up with any colour/colour combination I could want. I do have some amazing local handspun dyed with turmeric that I want to get onto my needles sometime soon (there's not a lot of it so have been thinking of pairing it with this locally mill-spun/dyed yarn to make this scarf that can convert into a hat)
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