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.
I finished the baby quilt I was working on. It ended up being about 52 by 52 inches so a pretty good size. The backing is a plain organic cotton and for the binding I used the leftovers from the king size I made last year. I attempted to do free motion quilting with a darning foot i bought, but the arm on my machine is not big enough, and it was too hard to have so much of the quilt stuffed into the little area. I put the regular foot back on and just did stitch in the ditch but of course since I didn't bother to put the walking foot on, it got a bit pinchy. Especially the binding. It kind of did a small pinch at each pin. I'm not good enough to go without pinning for the binding. So it's ok though, because they're just small mistakes. I messed up the mitering of the corners a bit too, but nothing too major. I'm still happy with it. It's a bit busy, I wish I had some solids in my stash. Next time I'm at the store, I'll stock up on a few metres of neat coloured solids.