The problem with creating recipes and dyeing test skeins of yarn, is that inevitably you end up with skeins of “almost there” or “has a mistake or two” yarns.
I have 220 yards of KP Swish worsted yarn (the Shamrock colorway you saw earlier). It’s 100% superwash merino wool. It has a small area where the dye didn’t take, that is a few strands wide. That’s it.
(The lesson we take away from this, is no matter how close it looks to your own tie-ing system- DO NOT USE ties the manufacturer has put around your skein of yarn. NOT EVER. Always remove the manufacturer ties, and use your own.)
I also have 440 yards (one double-sized skein) of Kona worsted yarn (Under The Sea colorway). It’s also 100% superwash merino wool, but not as fluffy as the Swish. It also has the tie problem.
(You think I would have learned from the first round, but I’m stubborn that way. And the second skein was tied more loosely, so I thought it would work. I was wrong. I’ve FINALLY learned my lesson.)
But wait! They look the same!
Not quite. Under The Sea has less yellows and more blues. Here they are side-by-side.
Shamrock in the front, and Under The Sea in the back.
I don’t think I will be continuing on with the Kona yarn. Don’t get me wrong- it’s great yarn! It’s soft- it’s just not the buttery softness I expect from merino wool. (I’m possibly a perfectionist.)
So both the 220 yards of Shamrock and the 440 yards of Under The Sea are free to good homes. That’s right- FREE YARN!!!! All you have to do is comment on which one you want, and include an email address or Ravelry ID. I’ll message you and get your mailing info.
If more than a few people respond- I’ll use a random generator to pick the recipients.
Please use it and tell me what you think of the colors.
The Kona yarn looks gorgeous. I love the different green tones in it. (a1dawen on Ravelry)
Paula @ Spin a Yarn said:
Me, me, me please for Shamrock! (ftlsweetie on Ravelry)
Beautiful yarn colours on both! I’m not going to enter the giveaway though as I wouldn’t use it, I would just look at it, stroke it and put it back in my yarn box. 😊
lol. That’s completely understandable.
I wish I could participate, but wool just does not work down here. Cotton or bamboo, on the other hand, would have me begging like Erik the dog!
Best of luck in your new endeavor.
Your loving MommyToo.
Oh, I plan to expand to bamboo in the future. So you’ll get your chance! 🙂
Dramatic Lyric said:
They both look gorgeous! One of the beauties of hand-dyed yarn is the imperfections. So embrace what comes out of the dyepot! (but if you insist on giving away yarn I’d love the Under the Sea colourway. I’m DramaticLyric on Ravelry)
Sharon - creativityandfamily said:
What gorgeous colors. If you really want to give them away I love the under the sea color!