Hello, my name is Kathy and I have a yarn problem.
It is all so pretty and hard to resist. In any form. My sister taught me how to spin. Of course, I then bought a wheel and several drop spindles and more fiber than I have time to work with.
Yesterday I learned how to dye. I see another fiber related hobby in my future. Not good for the bank account.
My friend Cindy and I took a dyeing workshop from Jeanne of Destination Yarn fame. The workshop was hosted by YarnByrds at The Nest. It was a very fun and interesting class. In the morning we learned how to do hand painted yarns. Below is a picture of the morning's output.
In the afternoon we learned how to kettle dye and speckle yarn. At the end of the day we all went home with 4 skeins of beautiful fingering weight yarn.
The only downside of the whole process was when we had to handle the dye powders. Masks were required. It was a hot, humid day and even the air conditioning couldn't make wearing these masks comfortable. Don't I look lovely!
At lunch time Cindy and I browsed the Destination Yarn trunk show. I bought these cute project bags. Because of my fiber issues, I need to take the one on the left to heart.
And some Game of Thrones yarn. My son loves the show. This skein will become a hat for him.
Not sure about these mini skeins yet. Maybe socks.
Here are the skeins from the workshop. This first one is a hand painted made primarily blue-green with yellow-orange and purple-red as accent colors. This was dyed without adding something to tone down the color. It is very vibrant. I think this one will be called Jamaica.
The next skein is another hand painted. The main color is green with accents of blue-green, yellow-orange and a blend of pink-yellow. This one is named Parrothead.
The kettle dyed skein has seven colors: yellow-green, green-yellow-brown, green-brown, grey, blue, blue-grey and blue-black. This one is named Irish Coast.
The last one is also a kettle dyed but with speckles. The base color is grey. Fire Yellow and purple speckles were added to create the speckled effect. I have to admit that I didn't really love this when it came out of the dye bath. I thought the colors looked muddy, with too much blending of the yellow and purple. But now that is is drying and I look at it more, I'm learning to love it. It seems to have a hidden potential. This one is named Ugly Duckling.