Dye-a-day becomes blog-a-day; also, Textiles in Focus is only a week away!

This is ‘Toast’, a DK weight pure wool, in colour ‘Deep Forest’.  I think this is one of my favourite colourways yet; I love the tonal variations, and the interplay of greens and blues.

In retrospect, it was probably rather dumb of me to commit to taking lots of pretty photos of yarn right now.  This time next week is the first day of Textiles In Focus, and -squeee!!- I have a stall there!

Now, I’ve done craft fairs in the past, but never anything on this scale, and never for three solid days.  And I only found out I had a place there at the end of December, so things have been pretty crazy recently.  There just hasn’t been time for photography on top of everything else!  I’ve gotten lucky with the occasional snapshot (as above), but the Improving Photography Project really needs to happen later.

I’m going to keep trying to blog every day for the rest of the month – and include photographs, even – but for the next week or so, the focus will definitely be on Textiles In Focus, and my preparations for that…

Dye-a-day #6: Cozy, in bulk!

A cheat post today.  I spent most of the weekend winding yarn into skeins for scouring and dyeing, and re-winding dyed yarns into retail-size skeins.  This is a box full of the ‘Cozy’ yarn I showed you yesterday; each skein is about 50g.

The bottom right of the box contains the “J’s choice” yarn that was actually featured in yesterday’s post; doesn’t it look different rewound?

My favourite, though, is the purple-bown-grey mix to its left.  Do click on the picture to biggen; the small version really doesn’t do it justice!  It’s another cold, grey day here, and I really, really wish I could curl up in the yarn pile and nap.  But not yet!

Dye-a-day #4: Thick and thin yarn, and springy colours

Today, let’s look forwards to spring whilst still staying warm!  The super-springy ‘New leaves’ colourway is one of my favourites, and here I’ve used it on a luscious, thick-and-thin singles pure wool yarn that knits up quickly and creates really interesting texture with even the plainest stitches.

On a ‘photography’ note, this is the first of the dye-a-day photographs I’ve taken myself.  It didn’t use any fancy lighting, just a white back drop and my on-camera flash.  It’s OK, but not up to the standards I want!  I can see the texture of the background, there isn’t enough light, and what light there is, is bouncing back at the camera too much.  I didn’t really expect this to work as well as it did, because every time I try something as simple as this, I have massive problems with colour balance.  Perhaps it’s something to do with the greens and browns, which my camera captures really well!  Anyway, it’s a ‘baseline’ for my ongoing search for a simple and successful (and preferably cheap and compact!) yarn-photographing-setup.

Dye-a-day #3: This time, let’s have some yarn!

Bunnylace in ‘bramble vine’!  Bunnylace is a 2-ply heavy-lace-weight yarn, 80% wool and 20% angora.  It has a gorgeous, soft halo and feels unbelievably soft.  As a base yarn, it isn’t bright white, but has a slightly brown-grey hue; because of this and the angora content (I think), it takes dye more softly than other yarns, resulting in some really magical, ethereal effects.

This is one of my absolute favourite yarns to dye, and I have been longing to share it with you, but it is also unfortunately very difficult to photograph.  So here’s a swatch!

This is a solid colourway, ‘Granny Smith’, knit up in the Maple Leaf pattern from the shawl of the same name in ‘Victorian Lace Today’.  I love the definition of the stitches combined with the subtle halo – but oh, I wish I could blog in pet-o-vision!