I was able to dye up some of the new yarns about a week ago, but with a friend visiting for the weekend, I wasn’t able to re-skein them and get them posted to my Etsy shop. Well, I woke up with determination this morning (and Miss Emme decided to sleep a bit late this morning) so I was get pictures and get my lovelies up in the shop. The majority of my yarns up to this point have been extremely saturated so I decided to go with a lighter method. I’m really pleased with the skeins and have decided to make these part of a new collection that reminds me of watercolor paintings. Without further ado, I give you ‘ocatarine’ and ‘aleger’
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!
Yesterday I referenced my yarn room and it is indeed truly my yarn room. When we purchased our home 2 years ago, one of my requirements was that I have a room where I can display all of my beauties and I took my inspiration from the way yarn stores have their yarns arranged. I even painted it a funky green! I decided to arrange the yarns according to color instead of by yarn weight because, well, I just love seeing all of the colors together! I suppose I’m not the neatest yarn organizer, but that’s my style and it works. As a contrast, I included a picture of my work desk which I do keep meticulously organized so I guess I am just a mix of opposites!
My yarn room is where all of my color selections are ultimately made. (You’ll also find in this picture my inspiration piggy, weights for when I need a break from crafting, and a romance novel because who doesn’t love the fluff of a good romance novel every now and then?
For the most part, my favorite colors to knit and crochet with are teals or oranges, although I do love warm colors quite a bit. Those two are just the main colors that jump to mind when I ask myself what my favorite colors are to work with. Many of my projects over the years have incorporated these colors, but when I wasn’t making resolutions to not buy anymore yarn/finish some of my WIPs my other resolution was to break out of my color bubble as I call it.