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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Coquelicot test knit

It is time to finally dye my 6 skeins of Alpaca silk sport I need for the "Coquelicot" test knit.
I am knitting size XL.

it is a little less dark than I expected and the grey coat is gone from the 25g sample.
oh well, it is beautiful anyway and I can start the test knit.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Coastal blue

My mind is set for a blue, dark peacock with a bit of a grey.

I tried first on 2 g sample

After a few try-outs, I finally get a color that I fell in love with

I test it again on a 25 g sample

Coastal blue is born, 
let's try on my final try out, the 6 skeins of Alpaca Silk sport....

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Alpaca Silk Sport Sampling, part 3

3nd phase of my sample dyeing is with Country classics dyes.


Country Classics Dyes
26 colors
26 sample of 150 cm each

1/2 smidgen of dye per 100 ml


Total of 113 yarn samples

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alpaca Silk Sport Sampling, part 2

2nd phase of my sample dyeing is with Dharma dyes.


Third try-out, Dharma Dyes
27 colors
27 sample of 150 cm each

1/2 smidgen of dye per 100 ml

even better colors 
but some of the samples are partially dyed which is worrying me 
since I have to dye 600 g of alpaca silk yarn

we can see on this picture that the peacock dye didn't go on some of the sample.
That is a recurrent problem when you dye your own yarn.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Alpaca Silk Sport Sampling

As I am preparing to test knit a new beautiful pattern "Coquelicot cardigan" from HelEtZel, I felt like using my own hand dye yarn. 

I selected this beautiful Alpaca Silk Sport similar to the yarn recommended 

now which color to dye  ?

I now have about 100 different dye colors in stock, and I have only sample dye on merino wool, BFL, superwash but never on alpaca. So I decided to run a sample dye on all my dyes and see which one would work best.

For this color sampling, I didn't need to heat it up in the microwave.
The vinegar was enough to fix the color to the yarn


First try-out, Crushing Dyes
30 colors
30 sample of 150 cm each

1 smidgen of dye per 100 ml

colors are beautiful and yarn took the dye right away, 
but it is way to dark and some colors like dark grey came out blue not grey.


Second try-out, Crushing Dyes
30 colors
30 sample of 150 cm each

1/2 smidgen of dye per 100 ml

same beautiful colors, but a little softer for some of them, 
I like better that combination so I will apply for rest of the sampling

Crushing dyes dissolves very well in water and color is well absorbed in yarn.

Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 year of sweaters for me

Long story short, best resolution for 2014 was to knit stuff for ME.

Here is my January sweater

Open sweater perfect for chilly California nights

Classic back a little below waist

Raglan detail

I modified the original pattern as I wanted a longer sweater


Pattern: McIntosh from Gudrun Johnston
2 skeins of Bruin

Monday, May 19, 2014

A little taste of San Francisco

As much as I love this city, I don't go as often as I would like.
It is a beautiful city and always like taking plenty of pictures.

Let me show you my city

Friday, May 9, 2014

Testing more dyes, part 2

Continuing in my search for different colors, 

I have tested Country classic dyes, found at Paradise Fibers

A full smidgen of the following on 20 g of BFL DK


Desert rose

Lobster bisque

Poppy red

Terra cotta






Nautical blue

Mountain aqua


A bit more pricey than the other dyes,
but overall nice colors

more to come...