Things have been busy with the Yarny Cakes family so I’ve been away a bit. Miss Emme is really starting to get this rolling over thing down and she has shifted her bedtime so I’ve had to adjust my routine a bit. Ultimately this means that my naptime ninja act that was so successful in the mornings is now a bit limited as she wakes up earlier. Clearly I need to fall back and regroup – I’ve been a bit out of sync since we returned from our long road trip. Time to get it together, but I am at Miss Emme’s whim so I am following her lead!
That being said, I have been steadily dyeing more yarn, but haven’t posted any delicious pictures for a while. I have quite a few skeins that need ti be re-skeined and they’ll be ready to go.
I had wanted to get all of the previously dyed yarns sorted out and up in the shop before delving into my newest line of yarn. I have missed dyeing yarn and think that tomorrow is as good a day as any to dive in!
The new line features a sock weight yarn consistibg of superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon – (yum!) – still deciding on the name. Somehow I ended up with names relating to happiness so I’ll stick with that. The front runner is felicity. Now I just need to decide on colors. I have been playing around with solids, but for these darlings, I may go back to my beloved variegated. Oh the possibilities!
In keeping with the Yarny Cakes name, I have also been baking a bit. My friend asked me to bake something for her yard sale and she didn’t have a preference on flavor. Mr. YarnyCakes recommended straight up vanilla on vanilla, but I thought that would be to boring so I stuck with the vanilla cake, but whipped up a raspberry white chocolate buttercream. For kicks, I topped each one with a sugared fresh raspberry. I leave you with the sneak peek pic I sent to my friend while the sugared raspberries were drying.
About a week ago I was super excited to post my newest colors to my Etsy store, even posted a teaser pic! Well, I gave myself a night to relax after Miss Emme had gone to sleep for the evening…what ended up awaiting me really threw a wrench into the plans of re-skeining each of the colors. Since I absolutely loved the blue skein and I had dyed it first, I decided to start with that one. Well, I’m not sure what happened, but I had a brain lapse or something because I ended up putting the skein on the swift wrong! How in the world does that happen?? I clearly didn’t divide it down the middle correctly and ended up with a bit of a mess. It was a manageable mess since all of the yarn was contained on the swift, but there were just lots of tangles. ~sigh~ So that has been the delay with getting the new yarn up in the shop. I wanted to take my time and very very very very gently untangle the yarn and I finally accomplished that earlier today!
I have decided to name the colorway ‘Rhyton’
While I was at it, I also re-skeined the purple yarn which I have called ‘Qually’ They are both up in my Etsy store now!
I must say, my favorite part of yarn dyeing so far has been planning my grand color plans. I typically start with my notebook, pen, and a picture of the color wheel on my phone and try to visualize how colors will look when combined. This process can only tell me so much because I’m never quite sure how the colors will mesh once the dyes swirling around the yarns. I feel like a crafty scientist in my laboratory as I add more “ingredients” to the pot, anxiously awaiting the finished result, and hoping for success. (As I always so though, they are no mistakes with yarn dyeing, maybe a few surprises!)
My experiments for the past couple of days have led me down a tonal path that I am more than happy to follow! The majority of my yarns up to this point have been highly variegated (because I love the look of them), but with my newest shipment of superwash merino, I decided to devote skeins to one family of colors. To that end, I have dyed a skein each of greens, blues, and burnt orange/bright orange, all of which I adore! The blue and green skeins were completed today and are drying, but I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of the blue skein before it went onto the rack. The lighting isn’t the best since I took it at night time under artificial light, but there will certainly be more pictures to come!
I believe that I will make Thursday the day I recap the yarns that I have dyed the previous week and have posted in my shop!. I already know that next Thursday I won’t be able to post about the new yarns because The Yarny Cakes family is headed to visit some family cupcakes for the long weekend : )
But that shouldn’t be a reason to not start a blogging tradition, right? Since I had a bit of a dyeing break over the weekend, I only have 3 offerings for the past week, but I am in love with each one! My favorite is ‘calodemon’ though because I am a sucker for blue-greens (teal, turquoise, aqua, etc) paired with warm tones.
Wheee, I’m back after a few days hiatus. I wasn’t able to find a moment to write while family was here visiting with the Yarny Cakes family for my first mother’s day : ) Miss Emme had a great time with her family, especially her Grandpa. All family left this morning, but I certainly did have some yarn soaking, getting ready to be dyed this afternoon, hehe. I am going back to straight-up kettle dyeing and giving my lovely Mason jars a rest for now. I love the uncertainty (well, slight uncertainty) of how well all of the colors will play together as the dyes are poured into the dye bath. I have only dyed a few skeins using this method before the mason jars grabbed a hold of me, but I’m back and have been eyeing the color wheel to see what will work!
This method is a bit more hands-on than the mason jar method so I must resume my “naptime ninja” activities and get the process started while Miss Emme snoozes. I must say, I am quite impressed with myself dyeing yarn, getting the laundry rotated, straightening up around the house, updating my blog, AND getting some knitting in during naptime. She is just to the phase where she is really starting to grab at my circular needle cord while I’m knitting with her on my lap. More on my knitting adventures tomorrow. For now, I’m off to order more yarn for my creations!
Two blog posts in one day! I am making up for lost blogging time tonight – enjoy!
It has been several days since I was able to dye any yarn and I am really missing my mason jars! It has been a busy few days and Miss Emme and I have been out and about a lot during the days! My primary dyeing also used to be in the mornings before Emme woke up, but she is beginning to go to sleep earlier so she is waking earlier. This is a great developmental step though and means that I get to spend more time with Mr. YarnyCakes in the evenings!
Anyway, the last two colorways that I was able to dye are ‘kumatage’ and ‘pabouche’
‘Pabouche’ was a bit of a mistake, but a happy mistake! There truly are no really bad mistakes with dyeing…except for maybe one that I pulled off last week in which I was dyeing greens and blues, but the jars still had some pink dye in them. Whoops. Still, it’s not the end of the world and it is so unique that it may find its way to my Etsy shop anyway!
I don’t see much yarn dyeing happening this weekend with all my family visiting, but I may be able to get a skein or two dyed tomorrow morning before company arrives…but I guess the floors need to be vacuumed. That’s a fiber lover’s problem right there – housework versus playing with yarn.
I’ve started to think about how I want to organize my pictures and formulas for all of the yarns I’m creating. Right now I’m saving them on my computer and also uploading them to Flickr (I have had my computer crash waaaaaay too many times for me to just save things in one place), and also saving them on an external hard drive once a week. Right now I am forcing myself not to dye anymore yarns until I get all of my formulas typed up and saved in a more organized fashion. (That is not to say that I don’t have yarn soaking, waiting to be dyed!)
My old school librarian wants me keep a paper record of the photo and the formula together though so I have been mulling this over for the past few weeks as my dyeing formulas grow. I’m a big fan of tangible items, but understand the practicality and convenience of digital versions.
For the actual dyeing process, I have a small, narrow notebook that I keep in the kitchen with me while I’m dyeing to write down the combinations, what worked/didn’t work, thoughts to keep in mind for subsequent dyeing sessions, etc. and then I re-write and flesh out details in a nice teal notebook. This has been working out well so far, but I wonder if there is a better way to be organized so that I can quickly locate the formula for a colorway instead of just flipping through a book.
Where the magic begins!
With that in mind, Miss Emme and I went out yesterday to Staples to explore a bit and I found a rather cute little 5.5″ x 8.5″ binder and then found some filler paper to fill it with! Since I knew I had a couple other stops to make with Miss Emme, I decided not to linger too long in the store, but when I got home I found out that Staples also carries 5.5″x8.5″ sheet protectors! So what I think I’m going to do is pick up some of these sheet protectors, get my favorite picture of each yarn printed up and then glue the picture to one side of a nice piece of cardstock and the formula to the other side, slip into the sheet protector, and ta-da, instant organization!
New 5.5″x8.5″ binder for easier storage of photos and dyeing formulas