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Experimental Dyeing

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Our splodge yarns have become one of the most popular things we sell. They're great fun to work with, but the way they're dyed means they're pretty time consuming to make.

One of my jobs for last week was to try to figure out a quicker way of achieving the same (or even better) result. It's a real treat to get to just play with dyes like this, and I'm thrilled with the results which will be added to the shop at 1900 tomorrow.

experiment 1 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

There are single skeins of some of the colours - I wanted to test a couple of differemt ways of applying the dye and until I was happy with that part of the process there wasn't any point in working with more yarn.

experiment 2 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

Clear splodges rather than speckles or freckles of colour. One of the things I ;ike most about our splodge yarns is that the splodges are bold.

experiment 3 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

I've chosen our BFL, silk and alpaca base for these experiments. While spoldge colourways make great socks where they really shine is in shawls - and the BFL, silk and alpaca is perfect for a luxurious shawl.

experiment 4 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

I'm looking forward to casting on with one or two of these colours. There's something about the idea of combining two splodge colours that's very appealling.

experiment 6 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

I'm planning something very simple for these yarns - possibly a feather and fan (or old shale) stitch pattern, or something along those lines so there are waves of colour.

experiment 5 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

Much as I love the pale background I wanted some other colour options too. There's something very berry like about this one, and it feels perfect as it's starting to feel more like autumn every day.

experiment 7 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

One of the things it took a little time to get to grips with was consistent colours across a batch. The way thee colours are dyed means there will always be some variation. That can work beautifully on some shawls, especially triangle shapes. As always you can work between two skeins to mix colours up.

experiment 8 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

All those teal greaan make this experiment absolutely my colours. I'd love this combined with a neutral, perhaps in our linen stitch cowl.

experiment 9 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

The experiment colours will be in the shop at 1900 on Thursday 10th September so if you're browsing before then you won't see them.

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