A Gloomy Dye Lot

What with Christmas coming up I was way overdue for another dye run. And, can you believe it? I didn’t feel like dyeing things! Gasp. Earthquake. General turmoil and chaos. Hey, everyone gets bankrupt in the idea department at some point. I had a ton of things I wanted to dye, but I only summed up energy and time to do the first few.

One was a no-brainer. I wanted to add green to some pink/blue yarn I dyed way back when. Mix dye. Dump. Cook. Simple simple.


Then, due to a lack of ideas, I just improvised. The results were rather interesting. This one is reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting.


And this one boggles me. The only thing it comes close to reminding me of is a Chinese waterlily garden sort of thing. Maybe lily pads. Any suggestions?


Oh, then there were these two skeins. Gorgeous squishy bulky single ply. These are inspired by a color combination mentioned in a fun book. They’re a present, so those are all the details you get. DSCN0657

After those I was completely burned out in the color line, so last night I looked at as many colorful things as I could. I browsed random things on Etsy (always fun) and looked through a whole stack of classic art books. Renoir, O’Keefe, N. C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and several others.

I found some color combinations that I liked, which spurred on newer, fresher combinations, and now I have plans! I have yet to dye (for my store) a nice batch of wonderful superwash merino/bamboo fiber. I love love love it! The bamboo leaves these delicate white streaks in the color.

Then I have a giant skein of that loopy boucle stuff. I think it’s mohair. And then, dun dun dun! I have a fifty gram skein of handspun fingering weight. It’s perfect for a project like the tam I made awhile ago. I can hardly wait to get back to the dye pots!

6 Responses to A Gloomy Dye Lot
  1. Aunt Debbie
    November 24, 2009 | 8:46 am

    as always, I enjoy your blog entries, your sense of humor and also your beautiful colors. I am knitting a scarf now using the jewel toned colors we came up with. I will send a picture because it is turning out nicely. Each stitch is a different color!

  2. Rebekah
    November 24, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    Sounds gorgeous!

  3. Lina
    November 25, 2009 | 12:04 am

    Such pretty yarn! Makes me wish I had time for dying…
    I haven’t started sorting out my yarn into go, send later, and find a new home for piles yet, but I will surely let you know what ends up needing to be adopted! I’m at the stage where I’m coming up with some definite ‘stays’ in terms of stuff–once I finish going through everything I’m going to start sorting out into yes, no and maybe, and then start actually packing to see what further decisions need to be made!

  4. Rebekah
    November 26, 2009 | 1:06 pm

    Sounds like a good plan. Take it a little bit at a time. :)

  5. Linda
    December 13, 2009 | 6:51 pm

    What happened to posting at least once a week?

  6. Rebekah
    December 20, 2009 | 4:55 pm

    I was just wondering that myself. There seems to be this vicious cycle of actually taking time to type out a draft, then not getting around to taking pictures until the draft is outdated. Never fear! I have quite few things lined up to blog about, and lots of hope for a blog filled 2010. Oh my. Is it really almost 2010?

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