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BFL-Steps – strømpegarn i unikafarver

Jeg syntes lige jeg ville vise den nuværende beholdning af one-of-a-kind indfarvninger på BFL-Steps.
Here goes .. 🙂

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De gullig/grønlig/orange-agtige ..
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De rødlig/lilla-agtige ..
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De grønlig/grålige ..
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De turkis/blålige ..
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og til slut de blåviolet-agtige! 🙂

Det er så hvad jeg har på lager lige nu. Jeg vinkede jo farvel til en masse af samme slags i Saltum her i weekenden, og de her er også klar til at flytte hjemmefra!
BFL-Steps er et 4-trådet strømpegarn bestående af 85% superwash BFL og 15% nylon. Blødt, glansfuldt og stærkt!
Garnerne kan bestilles i webshoppen.

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Farveglassene tømmes / Out of the dye jars

Så blev det tid! Pinsen har været varm og solrig, og mine farveglas har efterhånden stået og hygget sig i et par uger.
Her til morgen besluttede jeg mig for at ventetiden var ovre og åbnede mine glas.

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Til venstre det meget spændende eksperiment med kronbladene fra de visne, sorte tulipaner. Ser flot petrol-farvet ud i glasset! Til højre mirabelleblade-badet. Smukt gyldent, men ikke det mindste grønligt, som jeg ellers havde forventet. Det 3. glas så sådan her ud inden jeg tømte det:
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Flotte violette og blå-grønne nuancer. Det er mest akelejeblomster men også en enkelt rød tulipan, som jeg tror er det der giver den lilla farve i bunden.

Så skyllede jeg hele herligheden. Først den sorte tulipan, hvor skyllevandet blev meget grønt af overskudsfarve. Fibrene beholdt dog heldigvis det meste af farven og overlevede således skylningen.. Det gjorde det mirabellefarvede også. Smuk gyldengul farve!
Desværre mistede akaleje/tulipan-garnet rigtig meget af især den rødlige lilla farve. Det vaskedes ud i skyllevandet og tilbage sidder blot et blegt minde om den kraftige rødlilla farve. Det er stadig pænt, men ikke så kraftigt som jeg kunne have ønsket mig.

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Sådan ser det hele ud, nyskyllet og hængt til tørre. Jeg er især fornøjet med fibrene til venstre. Hvis de holder farven i længden er sorte tulipaner da helt klart et hit til plantefarvning, og jeg skal have købt masser af løg til plantning i efteråret!

Jeg satte med det samme gang i de 3 glas igen. Alle med strømpegarn denne gang, og lidt opløst alun. I det ene lagde jeg garnet lagvis med thujakviste og blade fra rød bærmispel, i nr. 2 kom der oregano og kraprod og i det 3. glas genbrugte jeg faktisk de sorte tulipaner. Der var nemlig masser af farve i vandet stadigvæk, så det ud til. Igen eksperimenter. Det eneste jeg ved fungerer er kraprod..

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På fotoet ses glasset med oregano og krap.

Så nu er der ventetid igen. Jeg har masser at lave, heldigvis, f.eks har jeg travlt med at spinde shetlandsuld til den dejlige sweater “Next Year in Lerwick”. Den er designet af norske Tori Seierstad (torirot på Ravelry) og det er en af de designs jeg ville ønske jeg selv havde udtænkt. Så smuk!
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Der skal bruges 11 farver. Her er jeg netop færdig med at tvinde farve nr. 3. Jeg laver i første omgang blot omkring 20 – 30 gram af hver farve, så kan jeg supplere op undervejs. Så kan jeg senere se hvilke af farverne der skal bruges mere af, og jeg vil jo gerne i gang. Nu!

Summary in English:
My dye jars have been standing now for about 2 weeks, and it’s time to see what has happened inside. The black tulip jar looks great: a wonderful deep blue/green colour. Lots of colour in the water, so I decided to re-use that bath with a skein of sock yarn.
The mirabelle leaves gave a beautiful golden yellow colour. I had expected something more green-ish, but you just never know..
The jar with the columbine flowers and red tulip lost most of the pretty red-purple as soon as it hit the washing water. Still nice yarn in pastel nuances, but I would have preferred something more powerful.
I hope these colours last and don’t fade away too soon. If the black tulip fibres keep that marvelous green shade it’s definately something that I’ll get back to next year! Need to plant more tulips..

3 new solar dying jars: One with juneberry leaves and thuya, one with oregano and madder root and then the one with the second bath from the tulips. Let’s have lots of sunshine for another 2 weeks now!
Meanwhile I’ll spin some shetlandwool to knit this sweater by Tori Seierstad: “Next Year in Lerwick”. I have seriously fallen for this wonderful fair-isle sweater design and I just have to knit it! First I need to spin the 11 colours though..

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Unique colors

Lately I have been dyeing some one-of-a-kind colorways on my sock yarn BFL-Steps.
For socks you only need 1 skein and it’s always fun to knit – and wear! – a pair that is completely unique.

Take a look at my two latest OOAK- sock yarns here. You can find more in the webshop. Now, I’ll go and knit some special socks for myself.. 🙂

Yellow/red/green/blue/purple
bluish/greenish/purple Yellow/red/green/blue in the top photo, blue/green/purple in the bottom pic.

 

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Dyeing and moving

It’s been quite a long time. The flu is over, thank the Goddess (it was a tough one!!) and I have been working full speed for the past month.
I have had lots of work to do, which is just great! Lots of dyeing for the yarn company BC Garn, and plenty of dyeing for my webshop as well.

By new year I got my new sock yarn, which is a 4-ply superwash BFL7nylon (85%/15%) yarn, 400 grams pr 100 gram. I love it! It is just perfect for socks, and for other knitworks-of-art too! 🙂
I quickly dyed up a few colourways in my new yarn, which I have named BFL-Steps. Here’s a few of them:

Colourway "Straw" on BFL-Steps

Colourway “Straw” on BFL-Steps
"Dark Fuchsia"
“Dark Fuchsia”

"Blue Creek"

“Blue Creek”

But mostly I’m submerged in dyeing for BC Garn. Great fun and a good base for my business.

Then I have moved to a new workplace. Not that I didn’t like the place I had, it was just too far away. Not so practical when I mostly go by bicycle – it took about 45 minutes each way.
Then I got an offer to move into a place in our little village, just 200 meters from my home. Lots of space and fine working conditions – I just had to say yes to that!
So now I have been in my new place for a week, and it is working okay. I have to share some of it with others, but that’s fine with me. The fact that I can just walk over to my workshop in 2 minutes is just fantastic!
I have no photos of my new place yet – just too busy to even think of it.. 🙂

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More sock yarn colours.

I have been dyeing up four more colourways on my new sock yarn, GarnGalleriet Opus Sock. Like the one I showed in my last post, “Bright Mountain”, these four are also semisolid monocromatic colours, variegated but not multicolour.
The colournames are: Blue Creek, Savoy, Tomato and Turmeric.

Left to right: Blue Creek, Savoy, Tomato, Turmeric

So, what do you think? Hope you like it! 🙂
For more info, prices and shipping please take a look at my webshop.

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Knitting with my freshly dyed sock yarn!

The sock yarn I painted in colourway “Bright Mountain” is all dry and a few days ago I started knitting a sock while my family and I were going on a short vacation to Lübeck, Germany.
The yarn looks like this:

Fresh sock yarn!

And the first half of my sock (classic style, cuff-down, actually the pattern my Mother taught me when I was a teenager..) looks like this:

Lovely vacation in Lübeck: nice weather, family time, enjoying the town and relaxing with knitting and good beer 🙂

The rest of the sock yarn that I painted in the “Bright Mountain”-colourway is now available at my webshop, and in a few days I’ll add a few more colours.
BTW, have I mentioned that I think Lübeck is absolutely wunderbar?..

How can you not love such a beautiful city?..
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Dyeing yarn.

Mostly I’m dyeing fiber, not yarn. But lately that has changed, mainly because of my dyeing of the wonderful Yorkshire and Buble yarns for BC Garn.

But I have decided to dye some yarns for my own webshop also. Of course noting like the colourways I do for BC Garn, but my own palettes, like this one:

Blue/lavender/golden colourway on BFL-yarn. Sold..

And this one:

Aquamarine/turquoise/greyish colourway. This lot is also sold..

Today I’m doing a batch of sock yarn in the colourway “Bright Mountain”. It’ll go on the webshop as soon as it’s dry!