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Progress, such as it is. April 8, 2008

Posted by jeninmaine in dyeing, Etsy.
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Okay, so far, so good – three days, three skeins. I’m pretty much just dinking around with color and it always surprises me how something that looks so ‘meh’ floating in a pot of water looks completely different (and better) once it dries. I’m actually really pleased with how they came out. Now I just have to figure a good way to reskein things that won’t drive me batty.

I also took my eBay earnings and took the plunge, bought a bunch of sample hanks of various sock yarns from three different online vendors, then bought a couple of random hanks from an eBay seller. I’m going to get working on that spreadsheet to find the best prices for the same products between different vendors, there are a lot to choose from. The only thing I’m going to avoid at this point is KnitPicks – they have cheap yarn but as they say you get what you pay for and I’ve read a lot of knitters who complain that KnitPicks yarn is very pilly and in the case of the sock yarn it’s not very durable. I don’t have first-hand experience of this, but I do have some yarn in my stash I know is made with KnitPicks as its base so I’ll have to try it out when I get the time (ha!). For now I think I’ll stick with some of the industry-standard wool blends.

I’m a little nervous about reskeining these hanks, some of them will need to be split in half and I’m not sure how I can do that at the moment. Maybe I can rig my umbrella swift somehow, but I’m definitely going to have to invest $15 in a larger niddy noddy as my table leg with pegs isn’t cutting it (and is wicked heavy).

For fun I’ve been taking the skeins of baby weight cashmere yarn I got from Elann and splitting them up into 10-yard hanks, with the intention of using them to test different dye colors and techniques. I may even be able to sell them to make teensy socks or as fancy tapestry wool once I’m done with them, or keep them myself to use for colorwork.

I did find a good alternate use for my tripod, however…

Tripod slash drying rack

Excuse the mess, I’m still trying to find a home for all those bins that isn’t “let’s stuff them up the chimney!”

I’ve been asked how I take my photos. Want to see my highly technical and very pricey setup?

Photo setup

Yeah, that’s a four foot table, two clamp lamps with floodlamps pointed at the ceiling, and a roll of white paper. Between that and The Gimp I’d esitmate I’ve sunk maybe thirty bucks into the whole thing.



1. thekidneybean - April 10, 2008

Thanks for showing how your take your gorgeous photos! Very interesting!

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