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Archive for April 11th, 2009

New Yarns

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Thanks to Sharon/Knitknacks for taking this photo for me while I was out of town Friday. These are some of the yarns I dyed which are being sold at Rae’s Yarn Boutique this weekend. Her sale ends today at 5pm (Saturday). (Tomorrow is Easter and between low traffic on holidays and employees desiring that day off, it makes no sense to be open.)


Rae is celebrating 4 years with a store (and a previous year in the craft mega-mall with a small booth). This is a sharp-cookie boss, if you ask me… she grows slowly and within her means… and she has an amazing space these days including yarns, spinning wheels, and spinning/felting fibers.

For her anniversary she is offering a sale on all yarns in stock. You pick a plastic Easter Egg after you have made your final selection, and inside that egg is a discount percentage for the yarns. You get at least 10% and up to 50%. It’s a perfect time to get my yarn, as I do not discount it myself.

The yarn above is special. The three at left and two at right are my “Resonance” sockyarn. The Resonance I dyed previously, was prepared with the “Flammegarn” (Flame Yarn) technique. The Ruby Red Grapefruit shown above (third from right) is Flammegarn.

I dyed the newer five skeins very differently. When I knit this yarn, 60 stitches on size 1 with a gauge of 31 st/4″, I got striping. I believe that if you knit this on a smaller number of stitches (I might need 48, for example, for my small foot), you will get thicker stripes. Here is the first sample I tried (I dyed 10 yards, none of the current colorways match this sample:


At some point, more stitches would create a pleasant but not striping pattern (possibly a thin spiral, I have not tried it). Fewer stitches will definitely work. or a firmer gauge (say 8 to 9 stitches per inch) would also probably work.

As you can imagine, this sort of dyeing takes a great deal of care and one-on-one attention to the skein. I have to apply dye to sections of the yarn with a spoon or a syringe/squirt bottle. It does not listen to me perfectly, but it does create the look I want.

I decided to take advantage of the fact that I do one at a time. I did on-of-a-kind colorways. I do not promise any repeats. This sort of fussing can get tedious, so I look about me and think “which colors do I wish to use right now?” Doing many of the same takes the artful joy out of the process, and I can not afford to lose that spirit.

So these cost more because of the extra labor time involved. What you get for that is a skein that is truly one of a kind, both because of the special attention I gave it and the colors I chose at the moment of its creation.

Do you see the yellow labels? They say “Seize the Skein!!!” Love it, get it, or lose that opportunity. No, there will not be another. I think that is a bit of fun. Exclusive yarn rather than exclusive diamonds or something, you know?

When Rae’s sale is over, she will decide which yarns to keep for her shop. What yarns she does not choose will go on my web shop. I will let you know when that happens.

And if you are local, you have 5 more hours to get over to Rae’s and see/touch it yourself!

(For those who have been fans, I also dyed a dozen more skeins of Lynn’s Luxe, the cashmere-blend DK sockyarn I dyed once last year. Four skeins have already sold, we will see if any is left for my shop or not.)