Monday, 5 December 2011

Copper and Flora

 Interesting examples of what happens to the same dye lots on different fibres.  There are two of each of the coppers and one each of the Floras, but before I list them there is someone who has first pick.

These are all 'long pattern' too, so the colour change is along the entire length of the 100g top.

Copper on plain oatmeal bfl:
 Copper on oatmeal bfl with silk:
 Copper on white bfl - the purple is a definite purple and not quite as blue as these shots are showing it.
 Flora on oatmeal bfl:
 Flora on oatmeal bfl with silk:
 Flora on white bfl, and yes, the colours really are that intense:

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

More stuff in pretty colours....

I had another trawl through the bags of fibre again today.  This time I found the merino/silk and black/shetland silk, and not so much green!

Merino/silk in Gold
Black shetland/silk in Gothick - I have two of these.  I love how the dark shetland wool takes on the dye colour in such a rich and subtle way, but the ribboning silk running through it seems to shine even more brightly in contrast.
 This is shetland/silk in Lancelot - turquoise, royal blue and purple.
 Lazuli - probably the most straightforward of my blues, but lots of shades in there if you look.

 This is Triton - much more turquoise than the others.
Shetland/silk in Lorien - slightly more yellowier than Gold, and hints of green in there too.

Merino/silk again, this time in Remnants - dusty pinks and faded blues.
 And finally Flora on merino/silk.  This is one of my most popular colours - dusty rose, clear blue, acid olive green, with all sorts of colours stretching between them as it's spun out.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Etsy update and new dyeing

Finally managed to update the Etsy shop at long last. I suddenly find myself in need of funds (Christmas is coming, after all) and I've just sent off a few orders of specific colours and fibres.  As it's not worth firing up the oven for dyeing unless I'm going to fill it, these are what was left after the packages left the building.  There does seem to be a preponderance of green here.

All of these are being offered at last year's prices or slightly cheaper, in the interests of selling!

Old Forest in oatmeal bfl and silk

 Corn on oatmeal bfl and silk
Dancing Birch, on the same fibre blend
 Dryad, on plain oatmeal bfl
 Dryad again, on bfl and silk
 Slightly different - very soft merino, dyed in Dryad long, where the colour changes along the length of the top
 Firebird on plain bfl

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dryad in long pattern.

Dryad long pattern on white bfl
This is what the Dryad looks like when it's dyed along the length of the top.

And I've spun up the oatmeal bfl into this:
Dryad bfl sockyarn

Chain-plyed sock-weight yarn, for lots of plain round-and-round knitting in the car tomorrow.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Some old colours, some new...

These three are all a new green which I've called 'Dryad' - quite yellowy and almost acidic depending upon what it's dyed on, in this case oatmeal bfl with silk, oatmeal bfl on its own, and black shetland with silk:

Dryad on oatmeal bfl/silk

Dryad on oatmeal bfl

Dryat on shetland/silk

This is 'Grail' on oatmeal bfl.  I was a bit surprised as to how this came out when I designed the colour, and wasn't too sure, but it's been very popular so what do I know!

Grail on oatmeal bfl

A basic darker green - 'Old Forest' - on oatmeal bfl and silk:
Old Forest on oatmeal bfl/silk

The same fibre in 'Dancing Birch' this is almost acid yellow on white fibre but much greener on darker wool:
Dancing Birch on oatmeal bfl/silk

'Dancing Birch' on shetland and silk.  The silk looks gold in this photograph; it's actually a bit greener in real life, and the wool itself has taken on a green tone.
Dancing Birch on shetland/silk

I've just spun up some oatmeal bfl which I dyed up in 'Dryad' but in the long pattern colour repeat as in the layout shown in the previous post.  It's for socks - so when dry and balled I'll show it.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

New dyeing layouts...

Dyeing layout usual

This is the normal way I lay out lengths of top in my dyepans. There are three lots of 100g here, each folded along the length of the pan, so the colour change shifts along the length of the top four or five times.

There's one pan laid out like this in the oven at the moment:

 Dyeing layout experiment

The idea being that the colour will shift only once, in one long change, along the length of the top.  I've had a couple of orders for me and they are in the other two pans cooking at the moment, but these are for me.  There's a white merino, a white BFL, and an oatmeal BFL, currently being coloured with a new colourway, 'Dryad'.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I'll have a stall at both Wonderwool and Woolfest as usual, but am also making enquiries for Fibre East next July.  I didn't apply for this new one this year because, when I enquired, I discovered that dogs were not allowed on the site.  I have subsequently been told, by various people who did get a stall and had a great show, that dogs not belonging to the farmer were spotted around (not including the assistant dog who had special permission).  So I will have to see whether there will be space for me and I'm selected after those with first choice have been offered.

Psamme in the dyeing
Psamme decided to help with the drying...

Saturday, 10 September 2011

New dyeing - no photos.

Have been dyeing but have failed miserably to photograph some of it. 

I have new greens and a bit of new fibre - I'll try and get them up soon.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Ennea Collective

And this is the link to Sara's article about the making of my shawl.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Oh wow!

This came in the post last week, just in time for me to take to Woolfest and keep me warm and snuggly when the hot weather suddenly went cold and damp:

Sara shawl 7

Several years ago Sara Lamb and I vaguely agreed on a shawl swap, and when she came over to the UK briefly last summer I presented her with a knitted shawl I'd made for her.  I was particularly pleased to have got the colours right for her too.
Shawl for Sara
So this arrived for me, Sara having taken me at my word when I threw these ideas at her: gold, copper, green, rustic,warm....  I finally remembered to have both the camera and shawl with me when I took the pupz up to Baildon Moor this afternoon:
Sara shawl 6

Sara shawl 4

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Nearly there...

A pile of sock yarn, all dyed, skeined, labelled, listed, and now bagged up.

Pile of finshed sockyarn
There are some hot colours in there (Arthur, Firebird) but for some reason they're at the bottom of the pile.  Really I don't want to see them go, I love them all!

The bags are multiplying
This is the fibre newly dyed for Woolfest, all bagged up but it'll all have to be taken out and priced and listed and organised; it's just been bagged up as I packaged and labelled as I went along.  At least I seem to have lots this year - there are about four bags upstairs of the fibre leftover from Wonderwool.

The only thing I haven't yet packed is some of the fleece; I have a couple of sacks of the brilliant fleece in the previous post to pack, and I'm hoping to get that done tomorrow night.

Blackboard, finished with
You have no idea how nice it is to cross off everything on this blackboard.  It lives on the back of the kitchen door (hence the little label and arrow at the top) and is used for noting down things we need to do or buy.  I'm about to wash it clean and start writing up the things we need to take to Woolfest.  I use it to write down the fibre type/yarn type and the colour each time I put a new lot in the oven, which helps to remind me what I'm labelling when it all comes to be packed.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Fleeces draped everywhere!

Fleece t'water and shetland
Lovely shiny Teeswater and some organic coloured Shetland.

Fleece alpaca and texel
Slightly flashed out alpaca in the foreground and Cheviot behind.

Fleece corriedale
Coloured Corriedale

Fleece - shetland and cross
 More organic Shetland, and a WensleydaleX North Ronaldsey

Friday, 20 May 2011

To Camelot...

Gothick on grey masham
A new fibre - grey Masham, dyed in Gothick.  Masham is not unlike the longwools - it's a long staple and fairly lustrous - but a bit fluffier.  Makes fabulous felt but is also smoother and shinier and softer than the Suffolk I had before.

Copper on grey masham
Same stuff dyed in Copper.

Arthur on oatmeal bfl silk
Oatmeal bfl with silk dyed in Arthur - something on the Folklore and Fairytale list on Ravelry set me off with a Camelot theme.

Merlin on grey alpaca silk
This is Merlin on grey alpaca/silk.  The purple is actually grey, but seems to shade towards the blue side next to the green.  I'll be interested to see this on something white.

Guinevere on oatmeal bfl silk
Guinevere on oatmeal bfl/silk.  With this one I was thinking a pure pale sky blue to represent Guinevere herself, shading through to unexpected depths of blues (for disappointment and sorrow) and purple (for royalty).  What do you think?  I've sold some before it even got to a show or on Etsy.

Gawain on grey masham
Gawain on grey Masham.  I was thinking of the seas around Orkney on a sunny day with wind-scudded clouds.

Mordred on grey masham
Mordred on grey Masham.  I'm not normally into warm colours at all, but I love how Mordred works.