I’ve finished a couple alpaca scarves and want you to see them.
This is 100% alpaca yarn, that I dyed into this variegated red. The pattern is rather like a basket weave and very textured. The scarf is just under 4 inches wide and about 56 inches long. Nice and skinny to wear in some of those cute knots.
This is 100% alpaca yarn that dyed into this pale variegated pink, yellow, orange combination. The pattern is the common seed stitch which really mixed up the colors nicely. Just over 4 inches wide and about 52 inches long.
I’ve been trying to ramp up my felted mitten production. It seemed I never had enough variety of color last show season and was always trying to play catch-up. My plan: dye three skeins of one color each day, the following day knit those three skeins into three pair of mittens, when the seams were finished on a couple colors they could be felted in the same batch.
First up was blue, but I had a wee problem.
Ready to felt
I have these two pair ready to felt, but my third skein was a little short.
So I made a blue headband.
With the remaining yarn, I made a matching scarf. It still needs to be steamed flat and finished a bit. Now I think I have the skein weight figured out for mittens! On to more dyeing.
Pot of red
Yesterday was the day for red. For a little variety, I put one skein in first, then half of the second skein and held it in the dye for a short time. Then I plopped the other half of #2 in and added the third skein. (It is REALLY difficult to take a photo of a steaming pot!) The skein on the left is darkest, the one on the right is lightest.
One of my dyeing instructors calls red dye ‘Difficult Red’ and it is. As you can almost see above, red dye doesn’t dissolve easily. I don’t mind as I think the variety adds interest. But after much cooking, this batch dyed pretty evenly.
On the drying rack
You can see the color variation in the skeins as they are drying. So while I will have 3 red pairs of mittens, each will be a little different.
Today was to be the day to dye yellow, but the dreaded taxes have reared their head. I need to get all the data gathered for the meeting with the tax man! And a reminder: I will be at Spring Day this Saturday. Stop by and do some shopping.