Thursday, December 01, 2011
These lovely knitted pieces are from Christina aka Yarnplenty on Ravelry. We are both inspired by the free wheeling knitting of Jane Thornley. For some time I have collected orphan balls of yarn from sales and leftovers from other projects which I would someday like to use up in luscious garments filled with color, texture and sparkle. My attempts are usually either too controlled or a mishmash. But after making my Purplemania Capelet, I am feeling like I am closer to the desired look. I have been studying the other Thornley-ites and think I understand the approach, which begins with a theme.
My theme begins with this hand spun yumminess from Lynne Vogel. These two balls of beauty are the most expensive yarn I have ever bought and nothing ever was the right use for it until now. I now realize it needs to be included in something rather than having the stage all to itself. I have gathered likely suspects from my stash and noticed a dearth of ribbon-y, shiny, silky in amongst the smooth and fuzzy. Hmmm. I do believe I need more of the former to go with the latter.
My dirty secret is that I have had these yarns in my closet for about 15 years. Horrifying I know. Unused because they were purchased originally to dye for sale when I was still with Artfabrik. Since they remind me of work, I have studiously avoided doing anything with them, until now.
In the first picture are viscose, aka rayon yarns, or rayon/cotton or rayon/silk combos. Nice and slinky and shiny. Just what I need.
The second photo is of all cotton yarns, with boucle, slub, thick and thin and chenille textures. O my. I really have all that I need...just have to dye them.
I don't mind dyeing wools which are pretty fast in the microwave (see tutorials on the sidebar). But all of these white yarns are cellulosics, or plant fibers and require using Procion Dye.
OK I have it. I can do this. But first I must wind off yardage into skeins.
Then presoak all of the skeins in soda ash +water and mix dyes and cover everything with plastic...
I have my work cut out for me. Stay tuned for the color filled results.
at 8:50 AM