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Friday, May 25, 2007
This weekend should have seen the launch of 'Delicious Yarns' - my new experiment. I got some gorgeous Merino 4ply which finally arrived yesterday. It's as supersoft and gorgeous as I had hoped. I got stuck in yesterday adn started doing some dyeing and experimenting with different methods. I used different dyes from what I've used in the past. Some skeins came out lovely adn some not.
I also got some silk bourette 4ply which feels more like cotton string than silk but apparently it's much nicer and softer after it's been dyed so I dyed 5 skeins of that today. It's still wet on the line though.
Got another parcel of more merino today too but I resisted starting to dye that although it was very tempting. Did some ironing instead. I am supposed to be getting ready to go to Norway on Sunday after all.
Anyway, here is the results of yesterday's dyeing. I did think about putting them up for sale tonight so I could post them tomorrow. But I've got so much other stuff to do so I'm delaying the launch of 'Delicious Yarns' until after I get back from Norway.
Put Friday 8th June in your diary - that'll be the launch party which will be held here on the blog. To start with I'm selling the yarns through my blog as it's easier to put them up ehre than on the website.
The skeins are all individually dyed and I'm doing one off colours at the moment. I'm aiming to spend one morning a week dyeing so there won't be huge amounts for sale. The yarn itself is supersoft merino 4ply (fingering weight) perfect for super soft socks or shawls. A lot of the merino I've knitted with is thicker than standard 4ply but this is about the same thickness and tension as standard 4ply sock yarn, just much, much softer. It knits to a tension of about 8 st/12 rows on 2.75mm/US 2 needles in stocking stitch. There is 400m to a 100 gr skein.
Whether or not I'll be selling the silk bourette remains to be seen. I was hoping to take a skein to Norway with me to knit a shawl to see how it knits up.
Okay, enough, here are the pics (and grab your shades, the colours are bright)
I had to overdye 4 skeins - 2 came out lovely afterwards and the other two not so much.
I also over dyed the VLT shawl yesterday. This is the 'Victoria Shawl' from Victorian Lace Today. I was worried the green was too bright but I like it. Here it is blocking:
And modelled by Ness.
If my Mum does't like it (and I'm sure she will) then I'll keep it as I love it.
And lastly, a huge thank you to everyone who's sent me messages of support through e-mails, pms and messages on forums and comments on the blog and the cards I've received. I really appreciate all the support and I'm overwhelmed by how many of you care. Thank you!