I’ve been merrily chugging along

July 22, 2010

on the socks I posted about last time. It does appear that the up-side-down, iron heel is going to work out nicely. I’ll show some pictures after a few more rows.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share some photos of the yarn I dyed. I really had a blast. I’m going to try a few more batches, and maybe I’ll put some up for sale. Meanwhile here’s what I did.

The first few were dyed onto the Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select base yarn. That’s a superwash, low micron count merino. The experimental iron heel socks are from this yarn base and I find knitting with it to be quite nice. I’ve frogged a number of times as I experiment my way along, and this yarn promises to be a winner. It stands up well to frogging and reknitting and has a nice twist. I used some longer color paths so this yarn stripes when it is knitted. They are not wide strips, but it does stripe. (Take a look at the previous post to see what I mean.)

I’m going to start off with the “ugly” skein and get it out of the way. I just didn’t like the muted tones. I call this one Muted Tartan. (clicking on the photos will embiggen them)

The rest of these I like. Here’s Purple Rain:

Smashed Blueberries. I had one small 85 g skein and I dyed it the same as this one. That’s the skein I’m using for my iron heel experiment.

Deep Blue Sea

Caribbean Waters

Berry Nice

Royal Treatment. I’m not using any kind of special lighting or anything for the photography. Although I have a color corrected monitor because of the work I do, you can see that my color matching is off a bit, especially between these two photos. I believe the closeup photo to be more correct.

The following four skein pairs were dyed on a Louet Gems yarn base. Each skein is 50 g. I haven’t knitted with this yarn yet, but it feels quite nice. These were dyed in short color repeats. I think this will not stripe, but I haven’t knitted any yet to be sure.

Bluegrass

Pinyon. I really wasn’t trying to match the colors of the pinyon trees that surround our house. But obviously, these colors have seared themselves into my head. I think it’s pretty much spot on. It’s hard to see on the little branch I included, but the bracts surrounding the base of the needles matches the light gold/staw color in the yarn. There only pinyon color I don’t have represented is the bark.

Golden Rose. My color matching is off again. I know all monitors are different, but I think the photo showing both skeins is more correct in this case.

Teal Green

So, what do you think? Am I on the right track?

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5 Responses to “I’ve been merrily chugging along”


  1. I’d say you’re on the right track! I’m salivating over Pinyon as I’m a dyed in the wool autumn girl…and it’s screaming autumn to me!!

    Gorgeous colors!!

  2. Chris Says:

    You’re more than right. Oh, I love these colors. Of course, it would depend on how they knit up, but yummy yummy yummy. I love Purple Rain, really have the *h*o*t*s* for Caribbean Waters and Deep Blue Sea. And Bluegrass and Teal Green wouldn’t have to wait long for their Chrissie yarn stash immigration permit.
    You did a most wonderful job. And I hope you will entertain us with a lot more of your blasts in the future.

  3. Stephanie Says:

    Wait, you dyed all of these? They’re so beautiful! And they look so professional too. Amazing. Great job.

  4. Kimberly Says:

    RIGHT on track! Beautiful work, Ruth!

  5. Kristi Says:

    They all look great, but Muted Tartan is my favorite, LOL!


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