22 June 2013
A few posts back I showed some striping textured rolag/batts that I was testing. I spun up about 1.5 oz of rainbow striped rolag/batts and knit a cool shawl by a neat designer. The pattern is called daybreak, it's a stephen west pattern. It's been made so many times and can look so different depending on the colour progressions and pairings.
Here are the rolags I spun the yarn from. I dyed it all, even the bamboo and the nepps.
Below are some more sets I've put together:
This is a skein I spun from one of my sets:
I've also been doing lots of textured mixed batts. I love adding flax, linen, sari waste, nylon and tencel... it makes such a neat blend for doing fun art yarns. Below are some batts and a cool bubble ply skein that I did.
Aside from dyeing solids to blend with, I've been doing alot of low water immersion dyeing as well. I love the look of handpainted rovings, but hate the waste of using saran wrap for steaming. So instead, I only put about 1.5 inches of water in the pot, and organize the yarn into sections with certain areas hanging in the pot so I can still apply colour in sections or areas intentionally. The result is really neat because they end up being more painterly. Looser, but still controlled.