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.
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!
It has been a few days since I have posted any yarns that I have dyed – I’ll remedy that right now! I dyed up 2 new skeins and have posted them in the Etsy shop. These two are a part of the “complementary connections” collection – ‘vesta’ and ‘dowsabel.’