Saturday, December 26, 2009

*~*SALE*~*: 20% Off Everything, Spend $50 and Get Free Shipping

Just marked my entire shop down 20%. Help me clear out current inventory and make room for new things coming in January. Also, spend $50 or more and I will refund your shipping cost. Note all prices in my Etsy shop already reflect the 20% discount. Sale ends 1/1/10.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Be Part of the Revolution

Lexi Boeger, aka Pluckyfluff, made a big announcement on her blog ... a handspun yarn exhibit at Galleri ZINK in Lillehammer. She is looking for people to contribute skeins of handspun yarn. Check her blog post for details. I will definitely be contributing a skein.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Phat Fiber Secret Santa Swap Package

I received the most wonderful swap package yesterday from Maple of North Star Alpacas.
My swap package contained:
- 4 oz of alpaca roving
- lovely white alpaca/merino yarn
- tencel fiber
- soysilk fiber
- a sachet that smells wonderful
- yummy smelling tea
- Creative Spinning book (has some gorgeous pictures in it, really a great coffee table book)
- and the cutest little sheep necklace you ever did see ...
Thank you Maple for the wonderful swap package. I love it all! :o)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wicked Knit-a-Long

I dyed up some of my new worsted weight superwash merino base yarn to knit Wicked with. A friend of mine has this pattern in her queue as well so we decided we would start our own little KAL right after Christmas. Anyone is welcome to join and you don't need to use Rocket Yarn to participate. I started a thread in my Ravelry group for us to use to post progress and share tips and tricks, etc. You can find the Ravelry thread here. You can also post progress on my Facebook page here if you are not on Ravelry.

Here's the yarn I dyed for my sweater. The skein in front has been reskeined.

More Mini Knits

These are so much fun!

The larger of the two blue socks is knit from the mini sock pattern I linked to a few posts ago. I like the size a bit better than the small one. I think I'm going to add a cuff to it next time.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Facebook URL

I achieved 100 fans on facebook and now have my own shortened url:

Yippeee! :o)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mini Knits

I've been on a mini knits kick here recently. Great for using up leftover sock yarn, great for Christmas ornaments and just plain fun to make.

Free mini knits patterns I found online:
Mini Mittens - I haven't made these yet but I plan to soon.
Mini Sweater - This is the pattern I used for the sweater in the picture above.
Mini Socks - Different from the pattern I used for the sock above but I plan to knit this one too.

Have fun and as always, Happy Knitting!

Cyber Monday Sale

Enter "CyberMonday2009" in message to seller box during Etsy checkout and I will refund 20% of your purchase including shipping. Sale runs until Midnight on Cyber Monday in whatever time zone you are in. Happy shopping! :o)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New in the Shop: Satellite Sets

New product: Satellite Sets are 4 skein sets of matching hand dyed yarn. I use 3 skeins of worsted weight superwash merino and 1 skein of sock yarn and dye them together using my fingerpainting method. You can use these sets to make a unique set of coordinating knits. A pair of socks with matching hat and scarf or hat and gloves would make a great gift for someone special. So far I have two of these sets up in the shop but will have more up soon. I have a blue set that just needs to be reskeined and listed and I will be dyeing a few more of these sets in the next day or so.

Fingerpainted Browns Satellite Set (takes you to Etsy shop)
The sock yarn in this set is superwash merino nylon. This is a very sturdy sock yarn and I chose it for this brown set because I think it's good yarn to use when knitting socks for men.

The sock yarn in this set is my new 2-ply superwash merino with a high twist. It takes the dye a little different than the worsted weight so the sock yarn in this set is ever so slightly darker than the worsted.

I'm really pleased with how these sets came out. I hope you like them and I would appreciate feedback on yardage, price, colors, etc.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Go Atlantis!

Atlantis and crew are set to launch at 2:28 pm EST today. Here's hoping the weather holds up.

Godspeed Atlantis!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Shopping & Crafting - Round 2

And the gift guide continues ...

Sheep Incognito Calendar - $19.95 + shipping. This artist, Conni Togel, is very talented. Sheep art, what's not to love? I love this calendar but would be happy to have any of her sheep art hanging around.

How about some knitting patterns? There are several I've had my eye on but these two are leading the pack for me right now.

Sylvar by Jordana Paige

Wicked by Zephyr Style

Gift Tags from Knit It Up on Etsy $10 + shipping. I love these tags so much. She has tags for knitting, crochet and general crafting. I plan to buy some of these to use on my handmade gifts this holiday season. They come in their own little tin and some of them have really sassy little phrases on them. This is one of my favorites:
The bottom reads "Just tell me if you don't love it... I'll keep it for myself!" .... isn't that great? Love it!

And just for the fun of it, I thought I'd share my Elf Yourself video of my family. Need a laugh? Check it out: See it here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rocket Spun

I spun up one of my Astrobatt sets last night into a thick 'n thin art yarn. Fun stuff! Here is the fiber:

And the yarn:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Holiday Shopping & Crafting

I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming holidays. The state of the economy coupled with the fact that our sole source of income is self-employment income has me thinking a bit more than usual about how and where I want to spend my limited gift budget this year. It is going to be a homemade holiday for sure. I always make a lot of our gifts because I love to make things and give them away. This year our budget is smaller than ever so I plan to make most, if not all, of the gifts we give. Sure I could go spend a little here and there and cover everyone on the list but I don't want to spend money that way. I prefer to give everyone something special, even if it is small. I've been working on my handmade gift spreadsheet (this is how i maintain sanity) and thought I would share some of the small gifts I plan to make this year. Here is a snippet:
  • Knit Coffee Cozy - easy, quick knit, lots of coffee drinkers in my family
  • Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments - using small cookie cutters in holiday shapes
  • Knit Cotton Dish Scrubbies - quick knit, everyone washes dishes right?
  • Hats - sort of small, can be fun and quirky
  • Funky Fashion Scarves - aka the skinny scarf knit with funky, chunky handspun yarn, super quick knit and fun to boot!
So where do I plan to spend my money on supplies and the few gifts I don't make? Two places:

1) Any locally owned business in the small rural town we live in because they are hurting just like we are and I want to support my town. I've seen so many businesses have to shut down over the past several months and I want to help out in any way I can.
2) Any Etsy shop (Artfire, HyenaCart, etc are also options) because I know a lot of those sellers are stay-at-home-moms trying to make some extra money for their family. Last year Rocket Yarn sales funded our entire Christmas. Without it Santa might have had to skip our house. Shocked-tpvgames.gif

For those of you with money shopping for a knitter or spinner I've compiled a list goodies that I would love to see under my own Christmas tree.

  • Sit & Spin DVD by Jacey Boggs aka Insubordinknit $43 (includes shipping to the US)
  • Goods for Knitters from WineMakersSister on Etsy $13.95 + $4.95 shipping. She has tons of great stuff in her shop but this mug is my favorite because boy oh boy is it ever applicable right now:

  • Spinner's Control Card from Mielke's Fiber Arts $12.50 + shipping. I have one of these and I absolutely love it! Very useful little tool.

Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape

Well that's it for now. Look for more posts coming soon as I find more goodies to share. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment on this post. Thanks & happy knitting!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Update: New Products & Sock Yarn Sale

Shop Update: My remaining stock has returned from SAFF. I will get the Etsy shop back up by then end of the day today. To celebrate the reopening of my shop and to make room for new products coming soon I am going to have a sock yarn sale. All sock yarn in the shop will be on sale for $16. Sale will run for three days. Several new Astrobatts will be listed soon as well.

New Yarn Update: Coming soon to Rocket Yarn is superwash worsted weight merino yarn. Skeins will be 215 yards each. This is a new item for me so I'm up for suggestions. I usually dye each skein one-of-a-kind but I'm considering dyeing the worsted weight in batches of two or three so you can buy a matching set. For those of you who buy hand dyed worsted weight yarn, what do you look for as far as yardage? Do you mostly buy for one skein projects or do you look for lots with two, three or more matching skeins? Input greatly appreciated! Also coming soon are two new sock yarns. A tightly twisted two-ply superwash merino and a merino-cashmere-nylon blend.

New Fibers Coming Soon: Rambouillet combed top and a lovely superwash merino/silk blend pencil roving. Yummy! I'm also making up some Astrobatts with a Rambouillet, silk and BFL.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Knitting Update

My first fleece to finished item project is finally nearing the end. It feels like I have been working on this project forever. I love the results though. I came to the end of the pattern and still had quite a bit of yarn left and really wanted to see all the colors I planned out so I've been adding to it. I've added an additional 20 rows so far and will probably add another 40 before it's all done.

S'mores Alpaca Revontuli Shawl

I started a new project this weekend because I wanted something mindless and quick to work on while I recovered from some medical stuff. I've had a pattern sitting on my desk for about two years now from one of those knitting pattern a day calendars back in 2007. It's called the Math Geek Scarf. Here's a link to my Ravelry project page. Well I finally picked it up this weekend and decided to give it a go. I found some funky yarn I had in my stash that I thought might be fun and started knitting. Let me tell you ... I have never knit a scarf so fast in my life. The pattern is great fun and the chunky yarn is making it a quick project. I took it to knitting group today and it was very popular.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Found Another Great Pattern

It's called Sylvar by Jordana Paige. You can find her website here where you can purchase the pattern. The Ravelry page is here. I had not heard of her until I ran into this pattern today. I definitely plan to look around and see what other designs she has out there. I just found her Twitter page here.

Sylvar - JP006
I borrowed this picture from her Flickr page. Isn't it just gorgeous? I really love the neck line. Definitely adding this to my queque.

Shop Going to SAFF

Hanks Yarn & Fiber is taking my shop with them to SAFF. If any of you are going, make sure to check out the Hanks booth. My shop will be on vacation mode from 10/20 or 10/21 until at least 10/28. I have some new products coming along with the re-opening of my shop after SAFF so stay tuned!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Free Pattern: Peasant Blouse

I just saw this free pattern on Knitting Daily. I love it so I thought I would share. You can get to the download site here.

Photo borrowed from KD website.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

BFL it is!

Okay so even though some of my fellow Floridians think I'm a bit nuts, I ordered four pounds of natural colored BFL to spin for the Clasica Coat. I'm really excited about this project. It may very well take me an entire year to finish but at least I have goals right? :) I ordered the Extrafine Natural Dark BFL from the Copper Moose. It should be here on Monday. I can't wait to wrap myself in the yumminess. I may go around the house wearing some combed top for a few days. Then my family will really think i've lost it! :oP

In other news, my Fiber Arts Club started at the Blake School yesterday and it went really well. I think a good time was had by all and the students are really excited to get started on their first projects. One of my science students who joined the club came in to class today all excited because she knit her way home from school and was so surprised and excited at how fast the time passed. She usually gets impatient on the ride home and just wants to get there but now thinks she may appreciate the knitting time. I said "welcome to the world of knitting" and smiled. I think I have inspired another to knit and that my friends ... is good stuff.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Help Me Pick Yarn ... or Fiber

Have you seen the current issue of Interweave Knits? I just adore the sweater/coat on the front cover. It's called the Clasica Coat.

I've been sitting here looking up yarn options online for at least an hour. I like the yarn it's knit with. Handspun single ply, slightly thick and thin, natural colors ... beautiful yarn. With the sweater requiring 12 or 14 hanks of yarn it is quite a bit out of my budget. Then I got to thinking ... Aran weight single ply yarn is my favorite yarn to spin. Should I spin for this? How much fiber would I need to spin 2,000 yards? Am I crazy for even contemplating this? My current spin to knit project is in month six and it's only a shawl. Now granted I haven't spent much time on it over the past month or so but I am almost done. It was only 700 yards of a lace weight single but it didn't take me long to spin for it. I worked on it a lot over one weekend and then finished it up sometime during the next week. It's the knitting that is taking me forever. It doesn't help that this is my first big lace project and my first real chart reading project.

So I've been looking over yarn options and reading about all these pilling problems with some of the single ply yarns. I'm wondering if I have something with a longer staple length than merino, will this reduce the pilling? What if it is something with a longer staple length than merino and it's blended with silk or tencel? I found several single ply yarns that had either silk or tencel blended in and they looked absolutely drool worthy. Now I'm wondering if I can find the fiber/color combo to spin this. And then there is the pull towards Rambouillet or CVM. Oh the decisions. I need to get busy on that shawl so I can move on to my next project. :)

So anyone have a recommendation for a source for natural colored Rambouillet, CVM or BFL combed top???

Florida Fiber In Demo & Booth

Photos of my booth at the Fiber In. My plan for hanging the banner didn't work out so well so I had to make do.

I was really nervous about my demo at the Fiber In but it went great and I received lots of positive feedback. I'm glad I decided to offer this demo and will definitely do it again if asked.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Teaching Kids to Knit

I apologize for the silence around here lately. I've started teaching again on top of everything else I have going on and am up to my eyeballs in things to do. It's all good though because i'm really enjoying it. My friend Teresa volunteered to help me sponsor a fiber arts club at school. Our first meeting is this coming Tuesday. We're putting together a kit for everyone containing knitting needles, crochet hook, an assortment of yarn for chosen projects and a notebook. Teresa has the crochet projects sorted out (washcloth and skinny scarf) and I'm working on the knitting side of things. I'm thinking coasters for the beginning square project but I haven't figured out the next knitting project. Maybe a hat? Any suggestions? Age range is pretty wide but I definitely have at least five students who are old enough to learn whatever I throw at them.

Also curious as to the availability of some basic knitting instructions to put in the kids folders. I don't want to infringe on anyones copyright so I'm being cautious about this. I wonder if someone has put instructions out there that can be freely copied for educational purposes. I did a quick search but didn't find anything yet. Hoping to avoid reinventing the wheel by drawing out the knit and purl stitch again myself. Any suggestions appreciated!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quick Update

Between travelling for the Fiber In and a family wedding and my new teaching gig, I have not had time to update my sales and get the Etsy shop live again. Hoping to have it back up and running this weekend.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Shop Going on Vacation Mode for the Fiber In

My entire shop will be on vacation mode starting this Thursday evening or Friday morning. I am taking all of my items to Sarasota for the Florida Fiber In. I will update my shop with what is left sometime after I get back. It may end up being down for a whole week due to the new job I have teaching school. I don't get much fiber time during the week anymore. If there is something in my shop you have had your eye on, now would be a really good time to order it. No guarantees it will return from Sarasota.

For those of you going to the Fiber In, I will have a special price structure good for this event only. Details at the Fiber In. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Made The Front Page!

My Florida Gator themed spinning fiber was featured in a treasury that made it to the front page of Etsy. How exciting! Not sure if this link will work for everyone but here is a link to The Vault. What a gorgeous orange and blue treasury ... my favorite team colors. I'm a graduate of The University of Florida so to have my first item ever on the front page be a Gator themed item is extra special.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Sale

Sale in Rocket Yarn shop: 15% off your entire purchase
Offer good until Monday night at midnight
To receive 15% rebate enter code "laborday09" in the note to seller box during purchase and will refund the 15% to your paypal account.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Where Am I?

You may have noticed my lack of blogging and posting new items. I just started teaching again at a local private school and am preparing for the Florida Fiber In coming up in about two weeks. Busy, busy, busy! My shop is pretty well stocked and I am dyeing up some new sock yarn and seawool pencil roving in preparation for the Fiber In. I'm focusing my time and attention on my new job and Fiber In prep for the next couple of weeks while I get things figured out. If you are looking for a base yarn or fiber in a certain method or base color and can't find it in the shop just send me an email or contact me on Ravely and I'll see if I have it available. My shop will be on vacation mode from 9/18-9/20 and I will update it with my new items as soon as I get back from the Fiber In.

Happy Knitting & Spinning! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Phat Fiber Giveaway!

Go check the Phat Fiber blog for your chance to win some Rocket Yarn Astrobatts. Many thanks to Jessie for all she does with Phat Fiber and her kind words about my shop. I especially love her Rocket Yarn version of the song Rocket Man. :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rocket News

I've been toying with the idea of starting a newsletter for a while now. I just wasn't sure I could come up with enough material. Well that is no longer a problem. I have almost a full notebook page of newsletter item ideas. I'm not completely sure if it's going to be quarterly or a little more frequent but if you sign up I assure you that you will not get more than one email a month from me. So ... if you would like to sign up for "Rocket News" please send an email to celena [at] rocketyarn [dot] com with "rocket yarn mailing list" in the subject line. The newsletter will be sent in PDF form to your email address. Here is a small sample of things you may see in the newsletter:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Customer Photos & Product Reviews
  • New Products Coming to Rocket Yarn
  • NASA News
  • Upcoming Shuttle Launches and Mission Updates
  • Contests
  • Coupon Codes for
  • Free Patterns
  • Space Trivia
I hope to get very creative with this and keep it interesting. If you would like to submit a product review or a customer photo please send it to the above email address. It can be of something you've made using my hand dyed yarn or yarn you've spun using my fiber. It can also be a silly customer appreciation photo of you wearing some Rocket Yarn goodies like Angel sent me. (See the post below.) I love the silly! :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Customer Appreciation Photos

I've been selling yarn & fiber on Etsy for over two years now but have never received any customer appreciation photos until a couple of weeks ago. They were so much fun I just had to share them with you. Angel looks like she would be a blast to hang out with. Check out these photos:

And yes, that is my hand dyed fiber on her head! What a hoot!

I noticed that Angel was also an Etsy seller so of course I had to go check out her shop. Turns out she actually has two active shops:
Angel's Purple Pantry of Paper & Yarn
Angel's Purple Pantry of Handcrafted Baby Treats

I personally love this hat from the first shop. And check out her adorable baby props in the second shop. What a great combo of funky yarn and cute babies. This photo is just too cute for words.

Angel is actually very new to spinning and sent me photos of hats she made from her handspun yarn. Aren't they adorable? She is obviously a natural born spinner because these hats are made from some of her very first handspun and they look great!

Thanks Angel for the great photos!

Florida Fiber In

Well it's official ... I am doing a demo at the Florida Fiber In this September. I was a little nervous about it when they first asked so I politely declined and said that I would let them know if I talked myself into it. It sounds like a fun thing to do but I've never actually dyed yarn or fiber in front of anyone but my family. I'm not sure why this makes me so nervous but it does. Well I've had quite a few requests to start teaching dyeing workshops and finally decided that this fall would be a good time for me to start doing so. I emailed the Fiber In folks and told them I would be willing if they would still have me. I'm the first demo of the day which I'm very happy about. I can go ahead and get it over with early and then relax for the rest of the day. Here is the info from the demo schedule:

Florida Fiber In Demonstration Schedule – Sat. 19th, 2009

9:00 – 9:45 – Two Sock Yarn Dyeing Methods – Celena Crews, Rocket Yarn, Lake City, FL

Come see Celena share how she creates yarn to "Dye" for! Two of her sock yarn dyeing methods will be demonstrated and she will explain her "method vs. colorway" system of dyeing yarn. Question and answer session about yarn and fiber dyeing after the demo so bring your questions.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Phat Fiber Giveaway

Check out the latest Phat Fiber Giveaway. It's a spot in the Moonwood Farm Moonbeams Fiber club ... Yummy!

From Moonwood Farm listing:
"Moonbeams consist of a soft array of fibers, mainly alpaca, but also generous amounts of bamboo and milk protein fiber. Sometimes I may add some baby angora goat (kid mohair) or some satin angora bunny fiber."

Sounds heavenly!

And if Phat Fiber is new to you ... go check out the website and read all about it at

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

October is for Spinners KAL

There is a knit-a-long started on Ravelry that I wanted to share with you. My very talented friend Sharon (aka Idyllicchick) is one of the owners of Hanks Yarn & Fiber in Gainesville, FL. Aside from being a talented knitter, spinner and LYS owner, she is also one of the nicest people I've ever met. And now it turns out, she is an amazing pattern designer as well. Who knew?!?! :)

I fell in love with this pattern when she wrote it last fall and the KAL starting on Ravelry reminded me that I wanted to blog about it. Check out the pattern October is for Spinners. It's a free pattern from Hanks Yarn & Fiber year of free scarf patterns. And while you're at it, check out all the patterns from 2008: A Year in Scarves. Lorena wrote some beautiful patterns as well. I see at least two I plan to make for gifts this year. Very talented LYS owners indeed! This year they are doing afghan squares. You can see them here 2009: The Year of the Afghan.

There is a blog post about the October is for Spinners scarf here on the Hanks blog. Believe it or not, this amazing pattern is Sharon's first published knitting pattern! The pattern starts out with a spider and ends with a web. It is knit with 4 strands of lace weight held together and you gradually drop a strand as you go so you end using only one strand for the web. So creative!

(photo borrowed from the Hanks blog)

I'm going to knit this up myself as soon as I finish my S'mores Revontuli Shawl. I dress like a witch at halloween every year and I think this scarf would make a fantastic addition to my costume. I'm thinking of dyeing up some pencil roving in a progressive dye so I can spin yarn resulting in a scarf that starts out with an orange spider and ends with a black web. Or should it be a black spider and an orange web? Or how about black to purple? Black to gray to purple? Hmmm ... so many ideas floating around for this! What do you think?

Shuttle Rolling Out to the Pad

A friend I worked with at NASA sent me these photos of the shuttle rolling out to the pad.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Method vs. Colorway & Finger Painted Yarn

So if you've read any of my yarn listings, shop policies or you've seen my mention of the fact that I dye in methods rather than colorways. Well I had an idea for a different method of yarn dyeing recently and I wanted to share the results. I decided to name this method "finger painting" because of the way I manipulate the dye with my fingers after applying it to the yarn/fiber I'm dyeing. I also use dyes that have not been reheated. Acid dyes often fall out of solution as they cool, some colors more so than others, and often have to be not only reheated but filtered as well to avoid what I call "the speckles". Well I was thinking about this and I had an idea to try a sort of messy way of dyeing yarn involving not reheating and filtering my dyes. A method that would allow the color to sort of be all over the place. A method that would require a lot of manipulation with the fingers after the dye is applied. A method that was truly art. So I tried it and was very happy with the results. But what do I call it, I thought? My first idea was something like "random pour and smoosh" but after watching my kids do some finger painting I had one of those "aha!" moments. And thus "finger painting" was born here at Rocket Yarn.

Let me go down a side path for just a minute. I've been blogging for years but due to the increased attention on Rocket Yarn and my family constantly bugging me to stop with all the yarn talk and to get back to posting about the kids, garden, etc on my personal blog I decided that Rocket Yarn needed a blog of its own. I'm not sure why I didn't decide to do this sooner. Probably because I feel a little spread out this way as I feared I would. I'll post something here and then I'll go post on my personal blog to go read the Rocket Yarn blog. Seems kind of silly but alas, I'm getting off track again. Ah yes, another blog ... so I've been working on a list of things I want to blog about here. If any of my trusty three readers have suggestions please email me at celena[at] I'm always open to requests and suggestions. :) Now back to our regularly scheduled program...

Methods vs. Colorways - what does this mean anyway?

Some dyers come up with a specific color combo dyed in a specific pattern with dye they have measured and mixed to a certain concentration and they repeat this specific dye job many times over. That is a colorway. That is a great thing for those who do it. That, however, is so not my gig. I'm an engineer by education and day job and I use my yarn/fiber dyeing to fulfill that side of me that screams with artistic ideas and loves color ... that artsy side that needs to get out. That artsy side that is boxed in by being an engineer. When I break out the dye bottles there is no specific weighing and measuring. It's all art, baby! ;)

So what do I mean when I say "method"? To me, it's the way I apply the dye to the skein of yarn. When I set out to dye something I first decide two things. What is my base color going to be and what method am I going to use? For example, my "plasma dipped" method of yarn dyeing involves selecting a color (purple) and a few dyes to slightly shift that color (yellow, black, gray). I then fill containers (chinese take-out soup containers ... the best!) with the base color (purple) and then add a seperate shifting color to each container (purple + black, purple + yellow, purple + gray). Then starts the dipping ... overlapping sections dyed multiple times allow me to create a skein of yarn in which the colors gradually blend/fade into the next rather than changing abruptly. I think this gives the finished knitted item a more smooth look to it as far as color goes. It may end up being a true semi-solid or it may be more variegated. Just depends on what colors I used, how many times I over dipped and what end effect I was going for.

This dyeing philosophy is what makes my items mine. There are a ton of very talented and unique fiber artists out there. We all have our own way of doing things. You could put ten of us together with the same three bottles of dye and the same base yarn and you would have ten completely different skeins of yarn at the end of it all. That's one of the things I love about being a fiber artist. They say dogs resemble their people ... well I think skeins of yarn do as well. :)

So what was the point of all this anyway? I was going to introduce my new method of yarn dyeing but decided this would also be a great opportunity for some explanation. Now you know what I mean by "method vs. colorway" and will know what to expect when you see me list ten different yarns that say "plasma dipped purples". Please note that this only means I used my plasma dipped method of dyeing and the base color I started out with is purple. It does not refer to an actual colorway in which you could expect all ten skeins to be nearly identical. My yarn is art and no two items are ever exactly alike. Well slight caveat with the Astrobatts. Some of those will be mostly the same. But again, I digress ...