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I’d like to introduce you to a new friend.  I’m tentatively calling her Jemaine.  Jemaine is an Ashford Kiwi that showed up under the Christmas tree this year.

I love her.  You know how sometimes when you wait for something for a long time it builds anticipation, and you get so excited, but then once the excitement settles, it’s really not that great.  Well, this isn’t like that at all.  I waited patiently for my new friend since Rhinebeck when Mom & I picked her out.  Meanwhile I spent the intervening months looking at fiber online constantly, making lists of whose fiber I wanted to stash, reading The Intentional Spinner, queuing patterns that are good or handspun yarns and admiring the handspun of fellow ravelers.  And then Christmas Day, I opened the box, harassed my Dad until he put my little Kiwi together (in our family assembly is the truly generous part of the gift) and started spinning.  It was love at first treadle.

Since then I’ve made these.  I squeezed in as much spinning time as possible into the last few weeks of my busy break.  I took a private lesson with Rosemarie at fibre space, which was super helpful.  By the end of that lesson I had made my very first plied bobbin, which turned into this little puppy right here:

It’s a bit under-spun in places and still disorganized, but hey it looks like yarn!  And I got better pretty quickly.

I kept working away on two more bobbin of singles, until Friday night when I plied those up as well.  I soaked and finished everything to set the twist.

When they dried I was left with 4 skeins of varied weight of lofty & beautiful yarns.  They’re definitely not perfect.  The smallest skein got a bit over twisted during plying, although most of it settled when it soaked.  The last skein from my more recent bobbins is a bit lighter weight than the first skein.  They are thick and thin for sure.  But it’s handspun that looks like handspun, which honestly I enjoy!

The one above is my favorite skein yet.  It’s 98 yards of mostly heavy worsted weight yarn.  It’s got some funky spots, but overall it’s pretty consistent.  Oh and it feels amazing.

The fiber for these guys is a bit of a mystery.  It was donated for practice by my Mom who got about a fleece’s worth at MDSW a number of years ago.  It’s obviously naturally colored, and it’s been beautifully processed into roving.  It’s relatively long staple and has very nice fiber alignment.  My best guess is merino, but it might be something else.  Either way, it’s created beautiful first yarns.

So now I’m just as addicted to spinning as knitting.  There’s something deeply satisfying about creating your own yarns.  Stay tuned for more because I’ve started moving onto dyed fiber.  Oooooo colors!

That’s right ladies and gents, last weekend my Mom and I made the trip up to the Hudson River Valley for Rhinebeck for the first time ever.  As long time attendees of Maryland Sheep and Wool we had been talking about making the trip to Rhinebeck for years (8 years to be exact, we first discussed it when I was doing college tours and went to visit nearby Bard).  In the past the pieces never really came together, we were too busy, or we didn’t think to book far enough in advance, but last year when Rhinebeck rolled around, Mom & I made a promise that 2009 would be the year that the ladies of the clan made it to Rhinebeck!

We made a weekend of it, heading up on Friday to hang out in the area and staying until Sunday afternoon.  Friday we kept it low key, Mom had a long week at work and I had only finished midterms the day before.  We were both wiped, so we focused on relaxing on the beautiful property of our hotel near New Paltz.  Here’s just a taste of what we found there…

Truthfully the property was amazing.  On one side a mountain rose up behind the lake, while on the other it slowly descended into a valley towards New Paltz only to rise again to the next ridge in the distance.  No matter which way you looked the view was stunning.  I’m such a city girl that sometimes I forgot how wonderfully restorative it can be to surround oneself with natural beauty.  It was just what I needed.

We woke up early on Saturday to head to the festival.  As we were getting ready we could see the affects of the sunlight on the sky over the mountain above the lake.  We didn’t ever see the sun crest over the horizon because the mountain was too high, but the affects on the sky were beautiful.  I went outside on the balcony to watch for awhile.  I had to bundle because it was chilly.  I had on my coat over my PJs, as well as all the usual hand knit winter accoutrement plus I wrapped myself in the quilt.  Despite somewhat frozen fingers I managed to get a few shots to share just how lovely it was.  Like this one of the sky reflected in the lake…

After the sky turned lighter and the colors faded, I hopped back inside to shower and get dressed so we could head out.  We grabbed tea on the way out the door and we were off towards Rhinebeck.  We raced a few buses full of knitters and showed up at the gates at 8:50 and we were ushered in.  First stop was Apple Cider to ward off the chill, and then we headed towards the numbered barns.

We didn’t have a real plan of attack, neither one of us was trying to score anything highly coveted.  Since the forecast was looking ominous we decided to do things that were more outdoors first and then save more indoor areas for later in case the rain came and we had a repeat of MDSW on Sunday this year.  The shopping started fast.  We had to make a trip to the car to unload (mostly Mom’s fiber) after being there for less than 2 hours.  I have to admit I was a little slower to procure, but trust me I caught up.

Saturday was a great day.  There was much to see and buy.  The sun lasted for only a few hours, but the weather held out all day, not a raindrop in sight.  We ran into a old friends and a few new.  I met up with Lina for the first time, which was lovely.  We shopped around in the main buildings and then attempted to have some food.  We were some what thwarted by long lines, but we ate eventually.  We also ran into Andrea, which was awesome.  Always nice to know more knitters in my new town.  It’s so much fun to put real live faces to people you know through Ravelry and blogland.

We got tired relatively early in the afternoon, so with the knowledge that there was more time Sunday, we headed into town.  Downtown Rhinebeck is very cute and we found that Bread Alone had been invaded by knitters.  We decided to contribute and ordered more cider and plopped down to lay with yarn for an hour or so.  We spent the rest of the evening being very low key with dinner in our room and lots of knitting and reading.

Sunday way drizzly, but the weather still held out relatively well.  There was almost now real rain, and what there was kept the crowds down.  Plenty of room to move around on Sunday.  So we did the sheep barns we had missed the day before.  As lovers of wool it’s always nice to be reminded what beautiful and sweet creatures most sheep are.

And I always love a chance to witness the parts of the fiber process I get less exposure too in the day to day.  Somebody needs a trim…

Later we did more wandering.  I finally got to try the potpies that were virtually unattainable on Saturday.  It was delish.  I also picked out a wheel that has been ordered and will be coming my way around Christmas!  And I snagged some fiber, so I can get spinning once it is really mine.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend.  I never complain about a chance to buy yarn, but it’s always a joy to do so in a beautiful setting surrounded by other people knitters.  October is certainly a lovely time of year to be in that part of New York.  That alone is reason enough to travel, but you throw in all the fibery fun and you’ve pretty much nailed my ideal weekend.   Those of you who have been know just what I mean, and for those of you who haven’t, I really recommend it if you can make it happen.  Oh and I suppose you’ll be wanting to see the haul…

Here I am back home in my PJs in love with all the pretty things I picked up.  I’m sure you’re noticing lots of natural sheepy colors.  It’s what I like to buy at festivals and once the weather turns colder it’s what I crave.  I love beautiful hand dyed yarns as much as the next person, but when the air is crisp I just want to sit down with something super wooly.  And believe me, that’s just what I’ve been doing all week.

My addiction to snagging a little something from indie dyer updates goes on.  The newest score, some Troika Worsted from Mama Blue!

Yarn: Troika Worsted, Mama Blue Knitting Goods

Color: Kelp

Dye Lot:

Amount:1 skein at 185 yds

Purchased at: Mama Blue esty shop

stashed on ravelry here

This yarn looked amazing on the site, but is a million times more beautiful in person.  It’s so sproingy feeling and the color is so rich.  The yarn feels amazing.  All the Troika yarns (it comes in three weights) are Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blends and it feels like pure heaven.  This little skein is going to make one very luxurious accessory.

So I went a little crazy during the Sundara LE updates in May.  I guess I’m building up my Sundara Sock stash.  my rational was that I could use it for some gorgeous shawls or other non-sock items, since my sock yarn stash could last me years.  But I got some very pretty yarn and now I can show you.

Yarn: Sundara Yarn, Sock

Color: Garden of Delight

Dye Lot: LE Postings May ’09

Amount:1 skein at 350 yds

Purchased at: Sundara Yarn website

stashed on ravelry here

Yarn: Sundara Yarn, Sock

Color: Gone With the Wind

Dye Lot: LE Postings May ’09

Amount:1 skein at 350 yds

Purchased at: Sundara Yarn website

stashed on ravelry here

Yarn: Sundara Yarn, Sock

Color: Fancy Free

Dye Lot: LE Postings May ’09

Amount:1 skein at 350 yds

Purchased at: Sundara Yarn website

stashed on ravelry here

Not surprisingly the Garden of Delight is my favorite.  It’s such a fantastically fresh shade of green.  But I love the others too.  Sundara’s colors have so much depth to them, it’s hard not to love nearly every shade.  Which is good, it make me step outside my color comfort zone and choose things I probably wouldn’t much of the time.  Always good to widen one’s horizons.

Also you might have noticed my new banner (also featuring Sundara Sock).  I took a week long photoshop class last week and made myself a few options.  This is my favorite of  all of them.  I had a great time in the class.  It was a blast to learn some new skills and experiment with what photoshop has to offer.

So much has been happening lately that it seems like forever ago that I finished the GRE & ordered myself a little reward. In fact it was about two months, which how long it takes for Sundara Year in Color offerings to show up after being dyed to order.

Yarn: Sundara Yarn, Fingering Silky Merino

Color: Poppy

Dye Lot: Flowers From my Mother’s Garden, March ’09

Amount:1 skein at 500 yds

Purchased at: Sundara Yarn website

stashed on ravelry here

What better way to reward oneself than by ordering yarn you would normally feel incredibly guilty buying?  I’ve been wanting to try the FSM for sometime now, but it’s not normally budget friendly for me to spend $50 on one skein (even if it is a hefty skein).  However, when rewarding myself for hard work, I occasionally allow splurges of this nature (to be clear I recognize that this is psychological, if I spend $50 on 2 skeins, I have still spent $50, it just seems like it goes farther and so I feel less guilty).  This one is from the Flowers From my Mother’s Garden offering from March 2009.  It’s called Poppy, and is a bit lighter than I expected (although the second photo is more true to color), but still seriously pretty.  I long ago hatched plans to make a Shetland Triangle with this one.  Conveniently, the dyed to order nature of the Year in Color set up delayed this yarn until a week ago, allowing it to function as a reward for my news as well, thus saving me from buying another $50 skein of yarn (although not saving me from picking up a few things with lower price tags from the recent Sundara Limited Edition updates).

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos of actual knitting.  I promise I have been knitting, just not getting good photos (or actually finishing much).  But I swear I will show you some soon!

Yesterday was a really perfect day. It was absolutely gorgeous out here. And Liz, my best friend ever, is in town for the week, which is pretty rare. So we spent the day hanging out, first at Big Bear Cafe (best coffee in DC if you ask me, and totally solid in the atmosphere department), knitting and munching. And then we went back to my house, where she helped me work out some of my drop spindle problems. Later the boy and I made this for dinner (yum!), and then watched the first half of There Will Be Blood. I always love it when we cook together, and the curry was so yummy. A great day all in all, but here’s more on the spinning…

I’ve tried to use the drop spindle a few other times, once after watching a youtube video, once after watching a whole tape, and a handful of other times. None of them yielded results other than frustration. In the past I had drafted the roving some ahead of time, but was trying to draft more as I went along. This wasn’t going very well. I would end up with the twist traveling up into the section of roving that hadn’t been drafted out yet. And then I wouldn’t be able to draft it anymore because of the twist, etc. Ultimately I would give up. Liz just learned to spin on a spindle recently and had been told to predraft fully, so she got me going that way and guess what, it worked! It might not be the speediest system once you really have the hang of it, but for now it works for me.

Because in the end I actually spun some yarn. It’s just a wobbly single for now, but it (mostly) looks like yarn. And that’s enough for me. This triumph was just one fun part of a wonderful day spent doing things lovely things with lovely people.  I feel like a very lucky girl when days that good come along.

Maryland Sheep & Wool was a week ago and I can now manage to think about it without shivering. My Mom and I went on Sunday & it poured basically the entire time as I’m sure many of you can attest. I was pretty chilly and my feet were soaked, but I managed to have a good time none the less. And pick up some pretty awesome loot along the way.

Because of the weather I didn’t take many pictures.  I did get a group shot of Ysoldawith some of my creepy internet friends, but it didn’t come out too well so I’m withholding it for personal use only.  By the way, she was very sweet about us swooping in for a photo and telling her about how much we liked her designs.  And she was very tickled that my friend Betsy was wearing her Coraline.  I also got to meet Lolly, a co-mod and lovely lady.  I could have gotten a picture with her since we were in the main barn, but I failed to think of it since I was mid-gyro.  But regardless it was so great to meet her in person.

Since I’m largely without photos of the day, I’ll just show you everything I brought home.

Yarn: Brooks Farm, Riata

Color: 9R

Dye Lot: M13

Amount:3 skeins at 375 yds each

Purchased at: Maryland Sheep & Wool, Brooks Farm Booth

stashed on ravelry here

This was my most awesome acquisition at Sheep & Wool.  I took home a sweaters worth of this lovely yarn in a color that is oh so me (in fact I only really bought variations on blue & green yarn that day, not that this is unusual).  I have been having so much fun entertaining ideas for what I might make with these lovelies but it will be a while before I get to it.

Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns, Cultivated Silk & Wool

Color:

Dye Lot:

Amount:1 skein at 200 yds

Purchased at: Maryland Sheep & Wool, Tess’ Designer Yarns Booth

stashed on ravelry here

My main goal for the festival was to stash dk and worsted weight yarn.  It’s what I never seem to have in stash when I’m looking to start a project.  I didn’t completely stick to this goal, but I did pick a few lovely things that fit that bill, like this super soft and shiny yarn.

Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns, Superwash Merino Lace

Color: 871713

Dye Lot:

Amount: 1 skein at 500 yds

Purchased at: Maryland Sheep & Wool, Tess’ Designer Yarns Booth

stashed on ravelry here

The Tess’ Designer Yarns booth used up the last chunk of my budget on our way out the door.  I am pleased to say I did still come out $7 under budget!  I picked up this skein with something specific in mind.  After getting home, I decided to use something else for that project and now I’m thinking about using the lovely Spring Things pattern with this little skein.  I love the super bright green!

Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns, Petite Silk

Color:

Dye Lot:

Amount:1 skein at 450 yds

Purchased at: Maryland Sheep & Wool, Tess’ Designer Yarns Booth

stashed on ravelry here

My last purchase from the Tess’ booth was this little guy.  I just could not say no to blueish-purple lace weight.  It’s shimmer lulled me into submission while it’s brilliant color coaxed my hand into picking it up.  I was so tempted to buy a second skein to increase my options, but it would have busted through my budget, and I’m proud of myself for sticking to my guns.  Besides there really are plenty of shawls one can make with 450 yds, and even more options if you just make shawlette versions of patterns that call for more yardage.

Yarn:Kipparoo Farms, Raggles

Color:

Dye Lot:

Amount:1 skein at 165 yds

Purchased at: Maryland Sheep & Wool, Kipparoo Farms Booth

stashed on ravelry here

My Mom has known Annie from Kipparoo Farms long enough now that I consider her a friend of the family.  She’s an awesome person and a great dyer (a great shepherd too!).  And I saw this little gem.  I loved the mix of natural and subtle colors and it fit within my stashing criteria so I let it come home with me.  I know I’ll find just the right project for it sometime soon.

Yarn: The Unique Sheep, Tinsel Toes

Color: Mirkwood Gradience Set

Dye Lot:

Amount: 4 mini skeins totaling 360 yds

Purchased at: Maryland Sheep & Wool, Cloverhill Yarn Shop Booth

stashed on ravelry here

Beyond just my goal to stash heavier yarns, I had a more specific goal not to buy sock yarn.  This was the one exception I allowed myself since it was a gradience set that would make up for our mostly unsuccessful attempt at gradient dyeing.  Besides I don’t plan on using it for socks anyway.

So those are the beauties I picked up.  Not so over the top, but not really restrained either.  I really need to try and slow down on the yarn buying for awhile, but something tells me it’s not likely to happen.  But as I like to remind myself in these moments there are far worse addictions to have than yarn.  So I might just cut myself a break.

So now that you’ve had a chance to absorb all the information about the dyeing process, and I’ve had time to take a few more photos I have some dyeing results to show you. Once again there’s loads of pictures.

Since I talked so much about those sock flats let’s see one of those first…

In my opinion this is the most successful gradient dyed sock flat. It does have one stark shift in the middle, but it also has shading and shifts gradually from dark to light except for that one distinct change. It also is made up of colors I love that are soft, but still have depth of shade.

This flat also has the least “heathering” from spots where the dye didn’t penetrate the stitches. So while the colors shift, it appears nearly solid in each section. I’m really looking forward to knitting this one up and seeing what happens.

You can get a different perspective on the transitions by seeing the yarn wound. The cake on the left transitions from light to dark moving outwards and the cake on right is the opposite, with lightest on the outside and darkest on the inside. I really like looking at these particular cakes. I’ve been doing it at least once a day since I wound them. (By the way, these cakes are courtesy of my new ball winder & swift set, which I adore).

Ok more sock flats later on to some kettle dyed skeins…

Although the gradient dyeing was time consuming and exciting because it was new, the real purpose of dying day was to dye these. Liz went to Vietnam after Christmas and brought back lace weight Vietnamese silk as gifts. My Mother and I were both lucky recipients of these amazing yarny treasures. Instead of splitting our share half & half my Mom generously let me take a bit more so I ended up with 2000 yds of the stuff. My goal was to do two differently colored batches, each of 1000 yards, but as I mentioned before they turned out the same. Above is the batch I’m leaving alone & the other batch I will overdye later (you can see it once it’s done). While it was not at all what I had in mind this yarn is really gorgeous. The color is so vibrant, and combined with the sheen of the silk I find it irresistible. I want to cast one with it right away, but I’m so bogged down in WIPs (more on some of those soon) I must wait for a bit. For reference it is not quite as pink as it looks in the photo, it is a bit closer to beet, which is why I have decided to call this color “Beet Out the Purple”.

The two skeins you see above were also dyed from gifted base yarn. My friend Maureen recently traveled to Peru (if only I got to go some of the places my friends go…) and brought back tons of alpaca. She generously shared some with me including some undyed skeins. The blue was supposed to be navy, and I had hoped for a light and dark pair for some colorwork, but I actually love this shades together and might still use them for some subtle colorwork.

Recently I came up with a new Project (with a capital P).  The difference between a Project and a project is that a project is just one thing, and a Project is a series of projects or pieces that have some kind of overarching theme and that fit together in some way.  I want to devote a post to this Project, so I’ll wait to tell you about it, but it needed some yarn & this is the yarn I dyed for one part.  This merino lace weight was the yarn that was supposed to be red and came out pink.  It’s not quite hot pink, although it looks it in the picture, but it is certainly not a red.  I have decided to call it “Better off Red”.  This is mostly for humors sake, I don’t mean to give this poor yarn a bad wrap.  It will still serve its purpose, and I have a feeling it will be appreciated just the same.

Ok back to sock flats…

This is the flat that came out a true half and half.  Not what I had in mind.  One half is quite dark, and the other is quite light & there’s not much variation in each section.  Considering the amount of time that went into trying to make it a gradient this was a bit of a bummer, but I am not the type to be disappointed by new yarn.  Ever.  It took me a little brainstorming to come up with what I might do to maximize the potential of this somewhat surprising result and I came up with this:

I’m not generally a huge fan of stockinette only socks, but I have been really wanting a pair of striped socks lately (erm, ok I have been really wanting a pair of handknit striped socks lately since I have at least 8 pairs of machine made commercial ones).  It occurred to me that if I pulled from the dark end of one ball and the light end of the other I could have a pair of adorably striped tonal socks.  I whipped up a little swatch to decide what I truly thought & I love it.  So add that to this list of things to start soon.

This flat looked very promising after drying.  It was still a bit on the dark side, but it did have a real gradient to it and the color was really lovely.  Then I wound it up and saw just how many white spots there were from those pesky stitches.  I’m learning to love it for what it is, but it doesn’t have the same depth of color that it showed when in flat form.

So all in all, some lessons learned, some experiments started (but certainly not finished) and some yarn stashed. How could one be sad about those results?

Ok, you’ll have to forgive me for the title. I just couldn’t help myself. It seemed too appropriate.

My Mom and I have been experimenting with yarn dyeing together in a sporadic way for years. We started with Kool-Aid dyeing when I was in high school. More recently we’ve played around with Jaquard Acid Dyes. Inspired by my friends over in Enablers Anonymous on Ravelry who recently had a dyeing day I couldn’t make it to, we planned our first Mother-Daughter Dyeing Day in quite awhile. Last Tuesday we experimented with new dyes and a new technique (as well as a few old ones). We ended up dyeing yarn from 1pm to 11pm, which truth be told ended up being a very long day.

This was our first time using MX Reactive Dyes. There were some upsides and some downsides. The perceived benefit was the ability to get more range of color. With acid dyes we’d always had a hard time getting anything but super bright colors, even with lots of mixing. This is fun for awhile, but gets a boring after a bit. My understanding was that with MX Dyes we’d be able to get subtle shades up through very rich, deep shades. This turned out to be true, but we didn’t end up having much control over when they were light and when they were dark. This may just be because we’re new to the process, but it lead to some rather unexpected results. Although, the element of surprise can sometimes be good since it forces me to let go of my fiber control freak tendencies from time to time.

One definite downside apart from the surprise colors, was the time consuming nature of dyeing with MX reactive dyes. The process takes much longer than dyeing with acid dyes. This is why we didn’t rinse out the last skein until 11pm. But we dyed a ton of yarn and got some beautiful results (even if they weren’t always what we planned on).

The new technique we tried was Gradient Dyeing. I’m in love with the gradient dyed projects I’ve seen on ravelry, although I haven’t found many. Inspired by some truly gorgeous results I decided to give it a go. After doing some research on possible techniques for achieving the result of gradient dyed yarn, I decided to order some sock flats. Everything I read about gradient dyeing with yarn in other put ups (skeins, balls etc.) seemed super messy and more time consuming than it really needed to be.

I decided that the best plan of action was going a dip dyeing route. Our technique went like this: mix dye on the strong side; prepare dye bath with less water than usual; rig sock flat on old knitting needle with bottom section hanging into dye bath and cook for 15 minutes; add 1.5 or 2 quarts of hot water to dye bath (depending on strength of dye mixture); cook for 15 minutes; repeat last 2 steps until pot is full (usually 4 or 5 segments) letting down slack from rigged up sock flat as you go in order to create similarly sized segments; when pot is full, undo sock flat from knitting needle rig & submerge completely in dye bath.

The level of effectiveness of this technique varied a great deal. The problems are mostly having to do with consistency. One flat is very dark on one half and very light on the other with little noteworthy change in shade other than the stark shift half way through. Another is very dark most of the way through, but shifts more gradually (interestingly this dye was mixed no stronger than the flat that ended up half and half). The most successful flat still has one very noticeable shift about half way through, but does have noticeable shifts from light to dark within each of those halves.

The other major problem turned out to be with the sock flats themselves. Although the dye looks completely solid on the outside, it did not penetrate to the heart of the stitches in the flat leaving white spots that appeared when two of the flats were unwound. This actually gives the yarn a somewhat heathered look when knit up, which I’ve decided to embrace, but wasn’t quite what I had in mind. If I decide to take another stab at gradient dyeing (and I plan to) I will try another technique next time and might try gradient dyeing with the yarn put up in a different way.

We also did plenty of traditional kettle dyeing (and my Mom did a little handpainting). There were also some surprising results in that department, but everything turned out gorgeous. The issue with the kettle dyeing was how much color rinsed out. We had encountered this some with acid dyes, but not to such an extreme degree. My navy blue turned out cornflower after rinsing. My red rinsed out to a color that is much closer to a deep pink (despite my attempts to avoid that by mixing the dye to what the dye company’s directions recommended for “dark” colors). In general the most systematic problem was the blue rinsing out, regardless of the mix. I know this is not uncommon as the blue dye molecule is larger than the fiber molecule (at least for wool, I had trouble finding info on this for silk), but in some cases, it rinsed out to such an extreme degree that little or none remained. Like my aforementioned attempt at navy, or my two tries at purple that both turned the same shade of a beet-like color after rinsing. Both attempts at purple silk were mixed from different dye combinations- one was 90% Ultra Violet and 10% Cloud Grey and the other was 50% Eggplant and 50% Cloud Grey- and looked very different in the dye pot. And yet they both turned out almost identical after rinsing. I plan to overdye one set later so I don’t end up with 2000 yards of beet colored lace weight silk. But in truth I’m happy to keep one set, since the color is actually gorgeous.

In spite of all the surprises and the unexpected results, I am really pleased with what I walked away with. I think every skein is lovely, even with some imperfections. I have thoughts on how to work with the unique qualities of each one, to highlight their beauty, although some of these ideas are different than what I had planned on my way into dyeing day.

So I’m sure after all this you’re probably waiting to see the results. And I’m quite looking forward to showing them to you, but this post has become quite long & I’m still trying to get better pictures of one or two skeins, so you’ll just have to wait another day or two to see how things turned out. I promise I’ll try not to draw out the suspense too long.

So this is it.  I have promised myself that this is the last yarn I will buy before Maryland Sheep & Wool.  So that means no yarn for a month.  Good thing it’s gorgeous.  That will help tide me over.

Yarn: Fiberphile, Alchemy Super Squish Sock

Color: Just Peachy

Dye Lot: 09-0327

Amount: 1 skein at 440 yds

Purchased at: fiberphile etsy shop

stashed on ravelry here

I recently stumbled across fiberphile yarns while  perusing ravelry.  I was a bit of an instant addict.  I only ended up ordering one skein (I don’t have the sort of yarn budget where I can go crazy ordering multiple things at a time just because there’s , an update), but I worked hard to get it.  As soon as I encounter fiberphile I added myself to the email list.  I missed  a few surprise updates and then a scheduled one because of work, but then found out about the reserve system.  I hopped onto flickr, reserved this beautiful skein, and didn’t have to worry about the fact that customers were in the store looking for help during the next update.  I got myself some beautiful yarn none the less.