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10. December 2009 12:50
by Jobo

Jobo?s Favorite Things: Christmas ? Day 10

10. December 2009 12:50 by Jobo | 6 Comments

Well Folks, we’ve finally made it!  Thanks for following along with me as I spoke-out-loud about the products and gadgets that have caught my eye this season…  I hope that Santa Claus has been listening (I’ve been a GOOD GIRL goshdarnnit!) and that maybe a book or a skein or something finds a way into my stocking this year.

My Last Favorite thing of the series is more of a photo collage… with the goal of maximizing fiber content :)

Handpainted / Hand dyed / Hand Carded – Spinning Fibers!

I know some people have specific likes and dislikes when it comes to wool and fibers for spinning… I must say, at this point I really haven’t met a fiber that I didn’t like.  I like them fine and soft, and coarser and woolier. I like silk and alpaca and tencel and seacelll.  I like combed top and I like carded rolags.  I like silk caps and raw fleece.  I like handpainted wild colors and semi-solids.  I like Batts – from plain blended to wild and stipey.  I love fiber… and I love spinning.  Here are some of the nicest fibers I’ve seen around lately, from a bunch of well known suppliers.  Enjoy!


FiberOpticPencil Roving

Fantastic, Super Smooth Superwash Merino/Nylon Pencil Roving from FiberOptic


Hand Dyed Merino Combed Top from AllSpunUp


Amazing Merino Batts from CorgiHillFarms


PigeonRoof Studio’s Handpainted Superwash Roving

9. December 2009 10:34
by Jobo

Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas - Day 9

9. December 2009 10:34 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Dream in Color Yarns!

It’s funny how the popularity of certain products just seems to explode from time to time… one of those products for me is Dream in Color Yarns.

The first thing that struck me is the range of colors!  (as one might infer by looking at the company name perhaps?)  Each skein is dyed using a special method producing a yarn that isn’t supposed to flash or pool, and really, the person who comes up with these colorways must be a very bright and colorful person herself – because these yarns are as beautiful as they are practical!

All of the featured yarns are made up of Australian Merino wool… which has be “Superwash” treated, and is super soft.  Various weights are available – from Chunky and Worsted, to Sock Yarns and Laceweight.  With names like “Smooshy” “Groovy” and “Classy” and colors like you see below, these yarns are hard to resist!

fattypinky fuschiaforestlunar zazzle

I have seen many many projects (from socks to hats and sweaters and baby items) made from this yarn, and loved so many of them, that I think it’s time I got my hands on some and check it out for myself!  “Smooshy” in particular, the sock yarn, holds some special interest – since it doesn’t pool really I think it would make some really excellent super-patterned and elegant socks… and the subtle color variation and shifting will keep it interesting at the same time.  (I am not often attracted to solid colored yarns… I like a little attitude and imagination in my colors)  And I hear that the yarn really is as soft and bouncy as it is reputed to be.  Oh great, another yarn that I bring home and then smoosh every time I walk by it for a few months until I obsess find the most amazing pattern to cast on.  *wipes drool of chin* (in the words of Liz Lemon… I-want-to-go-to-there)

Being a Sock Knitter, I am particularly intrigued by one of their newest sock products – Dream in Color “Starry” which has 2% real silver blended in with the same base as their Smooshy Line.  The Silver adds a sprinkling of sparkle and gleam that I never imagined to be found in homemade socks… but look at it in the skein below!  It really is *starry*

And Oh My… it is available in all of the usual colorways.  sigh.  I really want to try this beautiful yarn… does that make me a space cadet of a knitter?  I want to get Starry!


If you want to see more:  Check out Dream in Color’s Website!  they have patterns and photos of finished objects made with their yarn over there too!

8. December 2009 08:00
by Jobo

Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas - Day 8

8. December 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Happy Tuesday All!  I hope you are ready for another installment? I've been just *dyeing* to show you this? hardy har!

Ashford Dyes

ashford dyes

Over the last year I have been experimenting with dyes and dyeing wool? So far I've tried natural dyes like Onion Skins, Blueberries, and some other Plant extracts.  Then I tried using Wilton's Icing Colors, which worked ok, but it really wasn't possible to mix colors or try working a color wheel because the dyes would separate and not take evenly.  Apparently cake frosting and wool are not at all similar? (go figure?)   My next attempt came with Landscape Dyes, which are easy to use because they require no acid to be added to the solution, but I have been less than impressed with the range of colors I have been able to achieve with them.  It seems that they are a "one-shade" dye.  I thought about trying to dye wools in a color wheel style exercise, but I am not convinced it will be worth my time, since the colors don't really seem all that saturated.

I want my next step to be with these:  Ashford Dyesdyeing_bk

After doing some research about the different types of dyes out there, I think I have officially settled on this brand for several reasons?  First off, I like that there is a limited number of colors, and that they are readily mixable and titrateable.  Some other dye brands have wider ranges of colors available by the pot, but I really want to go back to basics here and start with a good Red, Yellow and Blue just like I had when I first learned to paint.  Secondly, Ashford dyes are pure and concentrated - hopefully I will be able to achieve nice saturated dark colors!  I prefer dark/rich color to pastels any day, and dream of Navy and Deep Plum and Burgundy.  Last of all, and perhaps one of the most important points, I know that other dyers use this product and achieve professional looking, light-fast, fade-resistant, Vibrant colors.

Another nice companion to the dyes is this book:

The Ashford Book of Dyeing, now available in a revised new edition, which gives explicit instructions and recipes to use the dyes properly, and outlines dyeing techniques and methods suitable for various dyeing mediums.  Since I am particularly interesting in mixing my own colors, I am very interested in the exercises and demonstrations in the book :)

Expect to see more dyeing experiments in the new year? if Santa doesn't come through, I might have to invest in some of these Myself!

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