Sunday, January 02, 2011

Colour pooling

When I first started to hand paint wool, my skeins were quite short, so the colour repeats were also short.  This was great fun to do, but didn't knit up well.  I wanted to do some colour pooling which would require me to make my skeins very long.
Yes, this long.  Around 6.5 metres (22 feet) in fact.  This is very fine merino laceweight yarn - around 25 grams in weight (1 oz) and around 400 metres long.
Here's the yarn laid out on plastic wrap, having been first wetted in warm water with a dash of detergent. I wanted to make a multicoloured yarn that I can make a lace scarf with.

Here's the skein after it's been fixed in the microwave.  Unfortunately, I totally failed to think about how long it was going to take me to rewind this skein into a ball for knitting.  Hours.  Around 4 of them, as the yarn is so fine and the skein so long.  Just as well it's a holiday today and I had nothing else planned.
The finished ball!  Now I'm going to play with knitting it with some crazy lace patterns.


Brenda Gael Smith said...

Beautiful colours Shirley!

Rochelle said...

Wow that look amazing. I can't wait to see the finished scarf.

amandajg said...

looks fantastic love the colours

Anita said...

What lovely bright colors! I can't wait to see the finished crazy lace.