One of my favorite things to do is to reinterpret colorways in a variety of different ways. There are so many different ways to dye (semi-solid, tonal, speckled, hand painted, dip dyed, kettle dyed, low water immersion, self-striping, gradient) and so many different put-ups to dye on (hanks, balls, animal fiber, plant fiber, spinning fiber, long hanks for self-striping, sock blanks) that the combination of finished yarns from just a few jars of dyes is nearly infinite.
Katatomic, one of my most popular colorways, has been through several reinventions. It was available first as a variegated, then as a self-striping, then as a limited edition gradient. Last week I was playing around with some mini skeins that I had in stock and decided to combine the Katatomic colors with a technique that I played around with last year but never perfected. I tweaked the process a little with the aim of making a set appropriate for a fading-type pattern. OH. MY. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
I stayed up the rest of the night and dyed every single full size and mini skein of Lovely that I had in stock.
Deep Purple minis, Dance Mistress minis, Flower Shop Inferno minis, Very Starry full size, Gasoline Rainbow minis, Gasoline Rainbow full, Katatomic full, Katatomic minis, Vista full and Vista mini.
Can I quit doing everything else including blogging and eating and only do these forever and ever?
The large set consists of 3 full size skeins of coordinating hand dyed yarns, perfect for fade patterns, 3 color shawls and sweaters, and other patterns calling for coordinating yarns. The small set consists of 5 mini skeins designed to allow the color to shift from one color to the next in a fading- or gradient-type pattern yet remain distinct enough to use in striping or colorwork projects.
Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska
Squiggle Wiggle What?! by Stephen West
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
My Cryptonite by Melanie Berg
Gratifying by Sarah Jo Burch
Naturally I had to cast on with a set of minis immediately. The finished shawl is next to me on the floor soaking wet and full of blocking pins. The pattern is Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska and the color is Dance Mistress. It flew off the needles.
To achieve a fade pattern I roughly worked 1 ridge of the new color, 3 of the old, 2 of the new, 2 of the old, 3 of the new, 1 of the old at each transition point. If I had a lot left of the previous color after the transition ridges then I continued alternating 1 ridge of each color.
Each skein is on the Lovely base, a 75% superwash merino/25% nylon 4-ply yarn. The minis come with 5 20-gram minis, about 92 yards each for $30. The full size sets come with 3 100 gram skeins with about 460 yards each for $67.
All of the current listings are right here. If you would like to see your favorite color translated in to a mini or full size set then just shout out. I can do custom orders for the full size skeins on most of my other base yarns if you are wanting a heavier weight or a different fiber content.
It takes slightly longer to prepare and dye these sets than my normal colorways. I have been getting dyed-to-order orders out way ahead of the estimated ship times, but that's not going to last as we head in to fall. Because of the extra lead time needed, please expect that these sets will take the full shipping time. My current shipping estimates are in the Shop Info section on Etsy or at the bottom of the page at www.dyeabolicalyarns.com.
I hope you enjoy these new sets as much as I do!