Monday, April 27, 2009

Pictures, finally!

After a leisurely weekend of gardening and tea parties (really), I finally took and edited pictures of the cotton slub yarn. I'm aiming to have the etsy listings up sometime on Tuesday. They're up! Here are the final specs on this yarn and then I swear I'll stop talking about it for a few days. :)

Fiber: 100% thick and thin cotton
Thickness: Sport Weight to Light DK
Gauge: It knits nicely to 5.5 stitches per inch on a US 5, but also makes a nice fabric anywhere from a US3 to a US7
Weight: 100 grams minimum. Most skeins are 110 grams or larger
Yardage: 310 yards per 100 grams
Price: $9.50
There are 4 100+ gram skeins available of every color except the robins egg blue (3), sage (8) and marigold (8). Just for reference, the tank I made last week took just over 2 skeins. I had almost all of a third skein left over. By the way, the tank fit Keeley and her pub persona just fine. [link NSFW if your work frowns upon rude hand gestures]

My creation

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sample Garment Finished!

I finished the tank! Wooooo! I have no idea if it will fit a real person yet. I wanted to make something for Ms. Yarn Minion to wear and abuse so I get an idea of how the yarn held up over time. I wanted to limit myself to only using 2 skeins of this inventory yarn so ditched the idea of rewarding my Yarn Minion and went with a smaller size.

Through what I can only describe as a stunning display of 'I don't think we need to test you for LD when your GPA is so high' dyslexia, I transposed the numbers for the various sizes throughout the pattern. I did this a lot and in many places. I haven't tried this on a real person yet. I think I made a nice recovery, but it is not a small. It is also not 2 skeins of yarn. I hate running out an inch from the end.
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Yarn: Cotton Slub by Dyeabolical in Orange, 3 skeins. I barely broke in to the 3rd skein.
Pattern: Isabella by Jordana Paige [I'll have this yarn up in the shop next week!]
Modifications: I knit in the round instead of flat pieces. There were obviously sizing differences. I added 10% to each of the length measurements intending this sweater to go through a hot wash and dry before giving it away (more on that later). I did a crocheted crab stitch around the arms and neck instead of a picot edge like I did at the hem.
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/DyeabolicalYarn/isabella

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Feev-ah!

Those spring allergies that caused a mad dash to Walgreens for hive-busting benedryl yesterday have sparked a low fever, multi-colored snot, muscle aches and a raspy voice today. I'm thinking that I might have a touch of that plague that's been working its way around the knitting peoples. I managed to rinse today's yarn and that's about it. To the couch with me, my knitting and a big cup of tea.

Color Preview

I took the sample garment for my new yet-nameless cotton slub yarn to knitting today and it got great compliments. I am thrilled! I love this yarn. I am dyeing up a few pounds a day of semi-sold colors and should be ready to begin listing them next week or the week after. In the meantime here is a preview of the colors. I didn't take them out of their storage bags for these quick snapshots but I hope you get an idea of the colors:
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Orange, being knit in to a sample garment. Lucky Cat stitch marker is a La-di-da stitch markers avaiable at Knitorious and a gift from Deborah.
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This red-violet color and a lighter shade of this same color are both on the drying rack now.
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Semi-solid black and brown colors
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Light turquoise and gold colors
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Orange, red and green colors

And in another exciting announcement, today was my last day at Knitorious. I am a 1-job woman for the first time in a long time. I wonder how long I'll keep that up? :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dyeing, testing, dyeing, swatching

Each day this week I have dyed a few pounds of a 100% cotton slub in a light sport weight. I am in love with this yarn. It makes a nice casual cool soft fabric and is machine washable. It is a non-mercerized cotton so it needs to be treated with a little more delicacy than a mercerized cotton to keep from getting that sinfully soft halo that natural cottons get when they are machine washed. Wait, what's wrong with that? I am a fan of the sinfully soft cottons with a slightly worn-in look.

I imagine this yarn for light weight cotton cardigans, tank tops and baby garments. It is a heavy fingering to sport weight. Initial swatching revealed it knits well at 5.5 stitches per inch on a US 3. Further swatching reveals that regardless of what size I knit on I'm still getting 5.5 stitches per inch. Oy. More swatching will ensue before I begin labeling these.

The care instructions are to hand wash and lay flat to dry. I will keep those care instructions on the label, but this is cotton. Regardless of how soft it is it can handle the occasional hard treatment. I ran the swatch through a hot high washer and a hot high dryer to ensure maximum shrinking and it shrank to a comfortable 6 stitchs per inch with a nice, not too dense fabric. Further washing will be inside out on cool and any dryer time (if any) will also be done inside out just like a regular cotton knit shirt would be to discourage any fuzzing/fading of the fabric. If it makes the occasional trip through a hot dyer I won't worry.

The color is fast, meaning it won't fade although given the nature of dyeing cotton you may still have a tint to the water. There is a way to prevent this but I figured my customers would rather I not rinse their baby yarn in formehldehyde. :) I rinse my cotton yarns post-dye with synthrapol which discourages backdyeing, however after reading this thread I feel compelled to tell you that you should always always always wash your swatch if you are combining two colors and wash new solid colored items with like colors until you are certain it won't tint your entire load.

I am still playing with the prices but it will be less than $10 for 110g/340 yards. This is going to make a great lightweight summer yarn or baby yarn. If you all don't like this yarn that's okay. More for me. *grin*

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Shop Update

  • I starting to update my etsy shop with the rovings/tops. I am listing and updating about 10 at a time starting about 10 mintues ago until I am done. Maybe an hour before they are all listed? (Update: All done!)
Roving