Saturday, February 09, 2008

Let the Pattern Search Begin....

How I spent my Saturday~~

Dyeing Eva Braun.
Now if you remember I said I wanted a color sort of like what a Lil Granny would get by going to a Beauty School for her monthly color job...you know that shade of blue (sometimes they come out lavender/purple).
I know from all my other "dye experiments" you are never guaranteed a particular color...that is unless you are an expert~~which I'm not!

To begin with I think I need a bigger pot!



Of the colors I purchased I debated between~sky blue, turquoise and navy blue. I only wanted a color wash so I made a weak dye bath using sky blue.

Double, double...toil and trouble!

Here we are simmering...and waiting! I was really scared that it wasn't as weak as I thought, the water was so blue!

...and the laundry is hung out to dry!

This shot isn't true to color, I guess because of the blueness of the sky...the yarn looks more green.

But the resulting color is what I would call teal or blue/green turquoise. I'm not at all disappointed.


In fact, I'm very excited...let the pattern search begin! I have a couple in mind but "The One" hasn't spoke to me yet!

I believe this calls for a contest! With all the calculations done...can you guess how much yardage I have? Leave me a comment on this post with your guess...the closest one wins! I'll leave this contest open until Feb 24th. Oh...be sure and tell me if you are a spinner or a knitter~~this will help to determine your prize! Remember, I AM going to the Hawks Nest Spinners Retreat at the end of the month...where there's lots and lots of fiber to buy! Like I need another reason to purchase fiber!

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!

67 comments:

mari said...

It looks really great. Beautiful.

Well, let's see if I can do some math here...
I will guess about 1650yds.

I am a knitter. :)

JustApril said...

Wow, gorgeous results!

I say 2688yds

CynicalGal said...

What a stunningly beautiful color!

allergicmom said...

I'm going to guess 1400 yards! (And I'm a knitter.)

Also, I still need your mailing address to send your contest prize to you! You can email me at yarnfloozies (at) gmail {dot] com. Thanks!

Joan said...

I will guess 1800 yds. Beautiful stuff you dyed. And I'm a knitter.

Anne said...

2200 Yards is my guess - and I'm with you, I think you did a stunning job on the color!

KSee said...

I love the color. This is harded than I thought it would be my first guess reading the entry was 1600, then 2200. So my 2436. I'm a knitter

gourdongirl said...

Love the colour, its SO you!!!!

I guess 2100 and you know I'm a knitter or is that a nutter!

xx

Barb said...

that turned out realy pretty :) i'm guessing around 2600 (i'm a knitter)

Karen said...

That is YOUR color, Robin! And it's simply gorgeous - you spinners amaze me, truly. I will guess 2150 yds and I'm a plain ol' knitter. :)

Issy said...

I'm no spinner, but they finished product looks fantastic to me! And the colour is just gorgeous. I'm going to guess 1950 yards. How ever much it is, I can't wait to see what you decide to knit!

Monica said...

This is a gorgeous colour!

(Anne sent me) And I will guess... 2350 yards!

Wendy said...

my guess would be 3090 yds.

NH Knitting Mama said...

Hi, there. Anne sent me to check out your contest, but I've been enjoying reading your blog this morning as well.

I'm going to guess 2200 yards of yarn. It's gorgeous!

Becky said...

That color came out beautiful!

My guess is 3251 yards of yarn, and I am a knitter. I want to be a spinner, someday when I can afford a wheel.

jennsquared said...

I'm guessing 1875 yards! Those are truly beautiful colors! And I'm a knitter - for now :)

Gnat said...

Thank you for stopping by and entering my contest. :) I love your story. Civil War reenactment is great. I hope you guy have a wonderful renewal of your vows in Scotland. That would be awesome!! You'll need to share pictures.

I'm a knitter but I'll guess 2150 yards. :) It's a pretty color.

Bubblesknits said...

I'm gonna go with 2,640 yards. :-)

Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

One of my favorite colors! I will guess, 2240 yrds. thanks for entering my contest, too!

K. Anne said...

Fab yarn! I will guess right in the middle and say 2500 yards. I am a knitter, I would love to spin, but I have not learned how to yet! :)

ikkinlala said...

Gorgeous yarn! I'll take a random guess and say it's 2015 yards. (I'm a knitter.)

Diana said...

Well, I am so very impressed! I can only hope to get to that point of processing a fleece, spinning, dying it and knitting something! Wow!

Rachel said...

You did an amazing job on the color--Beautiful! I don't have a clue as to the yardage, but I'll take a stab in the dark...2400 yards. I be a knitter.

Alana - Knit Wit said...

It's beautiful! Almost makes me think faded denim. I'll go with 2660 yards, and I'm a knitter.

Karen said...

Love the yarn color! And so glad to hear that Little Landon is fine.

My guess is 1833 yds.

I am a knitter only, haven't tried spinning yet.

lilypily said...

2155 yards. A stab in the dark. :o) Lovely colour. Looks to have some grey in it on my monitor, which is lovely.

chanknits said...

LOVE the color. Haven't a clue what to guess... 2420 yards. Knitter.

Turtle said...

2165 yards. Love the color! (oh, i'm a knitter and new spinner!)

Have fun on your trip! So envious!

Rachel O said...

I'll go with 2022 yards. It looks gorgeous.

I'm a knitter.

purple-power said...

WOw - I love it!

How about 2244 yards.

I'm a knitter.

edina said...

Gorgeous! I'm guessing 1850 yards.

Miss T said...

Very pretty! I'll guess 2513 yards. (I'm a knitter.)

Shain said...

I'm a knitter and I'm going to guess 3200 yards.

monica said...

Well, I'm gonna pick a nice even 2000.

Looks Beautiful! (And I'm a Knitter.)

Sharon Rose said...

I'll guess 2300yds. I think that delicate blue would be gorgeous in Pink Lemon Twist's Scheherazade.
http://pinklemontwist.blogspot.com/2006/10/scheherazade.html

I'm a spinner!

Margaret said...

First, so glad to hear your little guy's OK! What a relief!

Now, hmmm, for yarn, I guess 2056yds. Very pretty color. What about a cabley sweater?

cthulhulovesme said...

That is really gorgeous yarn-- I just spun up something about that color this weekend. I'll guess, I don't know, 2420 yards?

Breien in Lansingerland said...

2470 yards popped into my mind. :-) I think you created a beautiful colour.

I am a knitter who also plays with a drop spindle.

Yasmin said...

Thats a beautiful colour! I'd guess it's abt 3000 yards. I think it would make a lovely knee length jacket coat with curved collars.
I knit and crochet...actually more of crochet!

Beth said...

OK, I'll say 2100 yards.

I love that color! It looks like a beautiful pair of socks. Well, with that much yarn, I guess LOTS of socks. :-) It'd be a gorgeous shawl, too. Good luck finding the perfect pattern!

Kimothy Jones said...

I'm a spinner...and a knitter and I love them both so much! I'm going to be totally random and guess 2065 yards. I did fake math to make me feel better about my guesstimate. Lovely yarn!

Kim
http://fleeceofheroes.wordpress.com

Jane Doe Jenn said...

Hi there!

I found your link through one of the bloggers in Defeat the Winter Doldrums dishcloth swap. I am a new knitter, and loving it! That yarn looks so lovely!

My guess is 2643 yards.

Mindy said...

Oooh, pretty!

My guess is 2010 yards. No ideas about a pattern though.

blogless in NJ said...

I'll go with 2180.

It is really beautiful!

blogless in NJ said...

Ooops and I forgot to mention that I'm a knitter.

Josiane said...

I'd say you've got 1974 yards of very gorgeous yarn there!
I'm a spinner, and I'll have to practice quite a bit to produce a sweater's worth of such beautiful yarn...

Jen C said...

I love the color!

I'm a knitter and I'm guessing 3114yds

Dipsy Doodle said...

Gorgeous yarn! I'm guessing 1850 yards!

helenlam said...

What a pretty color! I'm going to guess 1929 yards (I'm a knitter).

Heddy said...

I am thinking 2308 yards of beautiful wool! I am a knitter and a spinner

squiggi said...

I'd guess 2150 yards.
It really is a beautiful color

Kenyetta said...

A gorgeous color! I am guessing 1500 yards.

tripletsmom said...

I'll guess 2700 yards.
What a gorgeous blue - blue is my favorite color.
I am just a knitter, no spinning here.

Katie O said...

gorgeous color... I'm guessing you have 3200 yards of gorgeous yumminess!

Diana said...

I didn't see 2450yds so that's my entry! If I was a better spinner I could make a better guess I'm sure!

Aster said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm going to guess 1175 yards. (I'm a knitter, by the way)

Marti Knits in SF said...

I love your description of the color you were trying to get out of the dye. I can see my grammie with her lady friends at the salon all sharing pics of their grandkids while getting their wash and set for the week. LOL

I'm a new knitter.
Yardage: 2825
Pattern Suggestion: with Spring coming I would go for a twin set, cute tank with a matching one button sweater/jacket. Tank and jacket/sweater would hve a common eyelet detail. SOmething ala Rowan.

Jan said...

That is beautiful yarn. My guess would be 3350 yards.

Jan

Jersey Jessie said...

It's really beautiful. I'll guess that you have 2066 yards

Jersey Jessie said...

Me again. I forgot to mention that I am a knitter.

Elaine said...

I love the color. It looks really beautiful and heathery on my screen.

My guess is 2102 yards.

I am a knitter.

Pam! said...

hey girl! Love the color and it will definitely look great on you. I'm going to take a wild guess and say 2954 yds. Can't wait to see it knitted up.

TJ said...

I really love love love the yarn.

I guess 2144.

I'm a knitter.

Oh yeah, and I love your husband's flutes - beautiful!

Krista said...

I'll go with 2100 yards. And I'm a knitter only.

emmy said...

That is some truly gorgeous yarn Ronin!

I am guessing 2190yds.

Dandy said...

that is some purty yarn... I'm guessing there's 2457 yards

Dandy said...

oh and I knit and spin