Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Self Striping Yarn

So I thought I'd give it a try. Got on web, read many directions on how to, found a warping board. Looked easy enough. DH set to work making me one. He's very willing and handy. By
yesterday morning, I had a lovely warping board that collapses down and comes apart when not in use. Great! Soaked the yarn for an hour or so with citric acid. Fine! Then wound it onto the pegs. Ooopps! Ever tried to wind or unwind wet yarn? Then figured out it is just to elongated the skein. What was I thinking? Trudge on. An hour or more later, since the yarn was hanging over the sink faucet and around a water bottle to unwind it, it was retied and ready for the dye. Chose to use the new Gaywool dye that I just got from Derryaun Crafts Olive, Iris and Wattle translated into Lt. Olive, Turquoise and Chartreuse. Cool. Mix up the dye , stretch out about 20 feet of cling film and apply colours. Roll up sausage, place in steamer and wait 30 minutes.














Let cool and dry, put back on the warping board (remember, 20+ feet of skein) and begin to wind onto the swift. Swift is a wooden umbrella-like thing that twirles around as the ball winder unwinds it into a ball. Anyway, at 5:45pm it was back into a normal size skein. No wonder people charge so much for self striping sock yarn. Maybe I missed a major short cut, but man is it time consuming!! I do like the look of it and will take it to Donegal on holiday next week. Here is the finished product. Need practice on making pretty skeins though.

10 comments:

Sharon in Ireland said...

Wow, yes looks like a time consuming process, thanks for showing what's involved. Love the end result. Yes, I'm back to procrastination today after good progress yesterday. Oh well.

Wye Sue said...

Looks like a *very* pretty skein to me !

tangelled angel said...

I've been readin about self striping yarns and it does look very labour intense indeed, but the end result looks fantastic! the colours are great. well done, and you are really getting into the blogging eh?!

Cheryl said...

How very cool! Labour intensive yes, but lovely end-result. Well worth it! And I'm sure now that you've done it once, the next time will move along more smoothly...

Amanda said...

Those colors are gorgeous!

Carol said...

I can't believe all this talent you have. Sure didn't get it from me. The results are fabulous. Tour skein looks good to me.

Joni said...

The colors in your yarn are so pretty. I'll look forward to seeing it worked up. :)

Anonymous said...

Laurie from Winona Lake
As has already been said WOW, what color intensity. What will become of this beautiful yarn?

Isobel said...

Ohhh, I can't wait to see that knit up. I didn't realise how much work was involved in making self striping yarn.

KnittinNurse said...

Hey self stripers- I found out about a short cut, courtesy of a machine knitting guild co-member. One can “preknit” blanks of undyed yarn, then dye in stripes- You can also figure out how to do the sleeves etc. ( so body and sleeves are same width). Try that with sock yarn!NOT

Here is the spot for dyers with knitting machines:

http://www.machineknittingtodyefor.com/index.html

Best regards

Claudia in California