Friday, August 20, 2010

Seaweed~ My Hand-Painted Yarn

Greetings my friends! It's good to be back with you! I had a wonderful holiday last week, the week didn't fly by (like Holidays normally do) which was nice. At some point I might put up some photos, but not right away. Getting back into my usual routine after being gone always takes me a little bit of time. I normally don't unpack for a few days. And the day or two after I am back I feel a little bit lost and not quite sure what to do with myself. But this last weekend my cousin and Grandma were over for a visit and having visitors kind of threw me back in to the swing of things.

Tuesday my brother and I went on a 4 1/2 hr. kayak trip. I have not been kayaking in quite some time, so a 4 1/2 hour trip was probably a little ambitious. But we had a wonderful time. I didn't take my camera because I didn't have a waterproof container for it. The scenery along the way was stunning. It was a beautiful day for kayaking, sunny, not too hot, and with a gentle breeze. While we were gliding down the river, I noticed the seaweed (not sure what the technical term is, but we'll call it seaweed) that was streaming along along with the river's current. It had tall, long-ish leaves and was all sorts of beautiful colors. We picked out the main colors which were shades of green, chartreuse, yellow, and a mauve-ish pink color. I really wanted to dye a roving in those colors. If passersby knew why we were studying the river bed they probably would have thought we were crazy! :)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to over-dye this skein of yarn. It is a skein I had spun previously but wasn't completely happy with the color. Well, I am happy with it now! I had never hand-painted a skein before, until yesterday. I did some research on hand-painting and found a few different techniques that I could use. I tried the one that I liked best and loved the results. I couldn't wait to take pictures of it!

I used my Greener Shades Dyes for this skein. I love using the Greener Shades dyes because they are a safe, non-toxic dyes that are colorfast and dye up in beautiful colors. It is a good thing I did this skein just 2 days after kayaking because the colors were still fresh in my memory. After rinsing the yarn and then drying it, I couldn't believe how close the colors were to the actual seaweed we saw in the bottom of the river. Or perhaps instead of "seaweed" it should be called "river weed".
I am so excited to use this hand-painted skein, although I have no idea what I will use it for yet!

This week I also kettle-dyed these mini skeins of yarn. They were previously dyed with Wilton Food Dyes, but I discovered that when they were exposed to the sunlight for a certain number of hours they faded considerably. I didn't want to make up the Composed Mitts (which are fair isle color work) and and then have my colors all fade out. So I over-dyed all the little skeins.

Now I have all these vibrant colors just itching to be knit up.I can't start on the mitts yet because I haven't finished spinning the main color, which is a chocolate brown.

Besides the chocolate brown wool, my other spinning project is some of my hand-painted corriedale roving. I finished knitting up the Prairie Rose Lace Shawl, designed by Evelyn Clark, from the "Knitter's Book of Wool" I don't have a completed picture for you yet, but I will soon. It needs to be blocked, but I have yet to get my blocking mats. I couldn't put the shawl down while on holiday, I loved knitting it!
But back to my spinning. I had so much fun knitting up that shawl with my handspun corriedale, that I decided to spin up some more and knit another one. that is probably what the Violet Dawn Yarn will turn into. Unless I change my mind somewhere along the way!

I know my blog has been only about knitting and spinning the last few post, mainly because I am always pressed for time. I would like to share more outdoor & plant life pictures in the future like I used to do.
But for now, here are some of the tomatoes that the family picked last night. We have SO many tomatoes. The other night we went out and picked almost 300 cherry tomatoes! So I foresee lots of canning in the future. As well as making some tomato jam. It's been years since I had tomato jam and I am looking forward to it.
Well, I need to run. I will be going to a fiber festival in the near future so should have lots of interesting things to show you all next time.
Until then, have a pleasant day!


  1. Your yarns are gorgeous! And the tomatoes ... what a crop! Canned tomatoes, I can almost taste the spaghetti with that homemade sauce. mmmmm!

  2. That seaweed-coloured yarn is just so pretty!

  3. Thank you, Glor and Dajda! It's lovely to hear from both of you!


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