Monday, June 3, 2013

Pleased To Be Dyeing

There is something very freeing - creatively speaking - about a dyeing class.  Using the same basic dyes, a room filled with students created so many shades and tints that a new color wheel might be needed.

Rather that dye skeins, this class focused on applying dye to pre-knit blanks.  I selected to work with a sport weight merino.  Others worked on superwash sock blanks or a blank that was enough yardage to make and felt a purse.

If you click on the photo and look closely you will discover that consistent application of color is not my skill.  Those who were planning socks worked toward having two blanks that were the same and thus would (hopefully) result in a pair of socks with matching stripes.  Luckily, I am not planning for socks because the upper blank is missing a purple stripe and has too much bluish dye in that area.

Such is life with whimsical Lenora!  My thought during the planning stage was to leave with two blanks that could each be incorporated into either a hat or a shawl.  So, for my use, variation in the placement of color will not matter.

Already the idea of using these for another stained glass effect shawl has me looking for that spare skein of black.  Or perhaps a hat using the bright colors paired with a winter white to make a hat that features slipped stitch work.   These could be used together in one larger project such as a summer table cloth or happy pillows to accent the blah sofa or. . . . . . . . . .

Sorry - got caught up in another yarndream.   Happy dyeing or knitting or crocheting or whatever floats your boat this summer.

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