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Friday, May 25, 2007

Delicious Yarns

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!


Heather said...

Your shawl is gorgeous, I love the bright color!

Piglottie said...

Anni your talents are never ending! Such gorgeous yarn (I'm loving the green) and I adore the shawl.

Will be thinking of you over the next few days and weeks *hugs*

Shelley L. MacKenzie said...

Great job on the dying! Oh, the shawl turned out beautiful! I'm sure your mom is going to love it.

Sussex Yorkie said...

Your shawl is gorgeous don't think you'll be bringing it back with you. Love the green yarn aswell.

Anonymous said...

Thank you everyone. I quickly dyed two more skeins early this morning. Fancied some pale blue yarn to take to Norway with me for a new shawl.

Artis-Anne said...

Wow you are a busy lady :) Great dyeing and I look forward to seeing your yarns for sale.
The VLT shawl looks great and better too for overdying it. I'm sure your Mum will love it
Have a great trip :)

Hattie said...

That dark reddish yarn is gorgeous. Love that. They all look great though.

Joy said...

What lovely colours Anni - and such a beautiful shawl too.

Will keep you in my thoughts these next few days.

Linda said...

Fantastic yarns Anni and that shawl is lovely. I am so glad the over-dyeing worked well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you everyone. My mum loves the shawl and the new, brighter colour. My sister saw it tonight and has ordered a shaw too, she wants one knitted in cobweb lace though and in pale pink, so I`m off to check out the Posh sale in a minute to see if Dee has any suitable yarns for sale.

Tama said...

The shawl turned out beautiful! I love the color. Hope all goes well for your trip.

gilraen said...

Good Luck for your trip. I wish it was under better circumstances.

Well done on sorting out your fabulous shawl, a great result!!! :)

I love the colours of the yarn you dyed! I'll be watching for your launch Anni :)

Wendy said...

That colour is wonderful - just like new spring leaves!

Hege said...

Your shawl is beautiful!!! Hope you are enjoying your trip to Norway.

Judy said...

Anni, love the shawl!! As soon as I can take some time from knitting socks I have a shawl that I need to work on. It gave me fits in the beginning so I changed yarns, I hope that helps. LOL
Take care.