Posts filed under 'Dye'
The colors of the August harvest match August’s hot temperatures. The salmon pink of sweet tomatoes and the red-orange of acid tomatoes sing next to the bright deep yellows and yellow-oranges of the sweet cherry tomatoes. Add in the deep reds and chocolates of ripe chiles and sweet peppers, plus a bouquet of lilac zinnias under a blue sky and you get our colorway, Summer Heat.
The wool this month is Finn Top. For those of you who haven’t yet spun Finn, you are in for a treat! The micron count of this Finn is in the same 25 micron range as our BFL, so you can use it for both outer garments and garments that are going to be worn closer to the skin. Finn has a satiny luster that gives the yarn an inner glow. The fiber itself is open and easy to spin and makes yarn with lots of body, whether your yarn is thick, thin, or in-between.
The wool/silk this month is our best-beloved blend of Merino/SuperwashMerino/TussahSilk. As a dyer, I am wild about the 3 layers of color that this blend gives and as a spinner, I love how the Superwash Merino and silk helps the fibers slide past each other when drafting. Plenty of nuanced color plus easy drafting makes this blend delightful indeed!
The companion tonal colorways to combine with Summer Heat are August Violet and Goldenrod: you can find them in our Etsy shop.
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September 25th, 2014
Marin was an elementary school student of mine in days of yore, and she often comes to see me when she is in town — I think as a touchstone, to help her keep the pathways open to the untrained artist that she was before she ‘grew up.’
This one visit, I got out all the color pencils and we drew at the kitchen table — Marin, my husband Stephen, our daughter Liliana, and me.
After Marin left, I went outside to my studio and in my preferred medium made this colorway.
I love it — for what we all are, for what we once were, and for how we keep those pieces connected.
Marin’s Pencils, BFL
January 10th, 2013
I took an art history class this morning on Pinterest. I LOVE my new board. I found out, again, that I am fascinated by dynamic neutrals.
November 19th, 2012
We’ve had a lot of freezing weather here in the sunny Southeast. The wind has been cheerfully gusting along this freezing weather at 15 miles per hour. Not quite as cheerfully, I have invented a new method of unfreezing dye solution and a new method of unfreezing the dye artist.
When you get right down to it, there really isn’t too much to be uncheerful about!
January 4th, 2010
It has been unfolding in the slowest of slow motions, our Spring. We have had so much cold (for us) weather and so much rain, that the greens are greening almost imperceptibly. I have gotten most intoxicated with all those in-between almost-there colors that I love so much. Browns, greys, soft peaches and pinks, and those most wonderful greens, the washed out ones, the barely greens, the green greys, the green browns, the puffs of green on washed out golds, all those intimations of green, Oh I Love Them, and I have had plenty of time to look!
These are all one-of-a-kinders, and so I have posted them on my Etsy site.
La Grande First Breath of Spring Series
Brushed Mohair First Breath of Spring Series
Superwash Merino Fingering First Breath of Spring Series
March 30th, 2009
Lynne has created another AMAZING color feast in a SPECTACULAR design with a combination of LV*LTD and Three Waters Farm colorways. The pattern is available from Lynne’s Etsy Shop and the fiber is available both at our website and our Etsy shop.
Don’t be put off by how gorgeous this is. (I mean, when I look Starry Nite, I start quaking in my knitting boots — “what, me, knit a fantabulous thing like THAT?!”) But from experience, I know that Lynne’s patterns are written to be used by Everyknitter — that means you, and me. With clear and concise instructions, Lynne puts the knitting of sumptuous designs within reach of all of us.
December 17th, 2008
These longer nights and cooler days that have been shadowing me have finally tiptoed close enough behind me to tap me on the shoulder, expecting acknowledgment. As I turn around and look, I realize, it’s true. It’s Fall.
No matter how hot the day gets, the nights are gaining on us. No matter how brilliant and clear the green of a newly hatched grasshopper, most of the grasshoppers now are a rough, dirty, green gold now. Everywhere I look, the colors have dirtied and deepened. I’ll adjust (after all, I LOVE dirty colors; it’s change I don’t like.) But before I march forward, I want to present my memories of an early summer day swimming in a pool, surrounded by a garden full of blooming flowers under a clear blue sky. Enjoy that day with me and the Lounge Lizard.
September 22nd, 2008
Miss Violet and Miss Lime of the famous Lime&Violet saluted our Etsy Web shop September 15th in the Daily Chum. We are blushing with pride here in our little corner of the Universe. Thank you Lime&Violet!
September 17th, 2008
My romance with grey and brown and blue continues! Welcome Soapstone!
Time seems to be shrinking geometrically since I signed up for the Master Spinner I class, which happens the week before Maryland Sheep and Wool. There is a lot of yarn and top to be dyed and labeled between now and April 23, the first day of spinning class. I simplistically imagine that a reasonable level of organization will save me from a last minute frenzy. I should just admit that it IS inevitable that I will start flying around, breathing fire on everyone before it is all over; it would be wise to get everyone’s asbestos suit at the ready. That’s right; be prepared, I always say. Be prepared and hope for the best.
April 10th, 2007
It was an all day affair; mixing dye, painting yarn, scouring mohair, dyeing mohair. I started at 8 am and finished at 7 pm. Long day. Lots done. Lots of checks on the production schedule. Lots of wet yarn hanging to dry. Lots of dry yarn on the couch. Lots still to go. This must be why they call them dye LOTS!
April 1st, 2007