A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Monday, March 05, 2007

What I did on my winter vacation!

Yup, I took a week off! I didn't go anywhere, I didn't come up with any adventures, I didn't sleep in, I didn't even relax...but it was one of the best vacations I ever had.

I took a week off work to dye yarn!!! For those of you who don't know this, by day I am a regular ole office manager/bookkeeper. I sit in front of a computer and crunch numbers! By night I am a yarn dyeing fool! Well, lately the yarn dyeing has become a second more than full time job and I was still very much behind. So I took a week off to catch up on all the orders for the shops that carry my yarns and got to see what it would be like to dye yarn full time. I LOVED IT!!!!!!! It was much harder and the hours were MUCH longer than at my 'day job' but totally worth it!

So let me share with you a day in the life of a yarn dyer.

This was my office! This is a handy dandy tool my super talented husband created for me to skein the yarn. Thank goodness for him because I would still be using the niddy noddy right now and I couldn't skein a fraction of what I can do with this puppy in a day!

This is the yarn....I first measure out the length for the main part of the sock, then I measure out seperately the heel and toe portion! This is the completely unexciting part! I know it's a neccessary part, but seriously, all I do is count loops for hours and hours and hours and hours!
Then I head to the kitchen...where all the magic begins! So let me introduce you to my co-workers...from top to bottom, left to right see Piper, Daisy, Pearin, Penelope and Daphney...they are my angora bunnies and yes, they are as soft as you can imagine they would be! When I am not dyeing yarn and have free time, I get to spin their wool! :) Oh la la

This is my motivator-Guppy!! He comes into the kitchen about every hour to see if I am done yet so I can sit the heck down and cuddle with him! He loves skeining time, because that is endless hours of me sitting next to him.

And here you see the finished product! Unfortunately this was shortly after I announced the new colorways were up on the website, so I was sold out for this photo...but that's where they live before they head out across the county to you!

So there ya go... a day in the life of a yarn dyer!

This day was brought to you by YOUR support for Duet Sock Yarns, and the super awesome people who have helped get these yarns to you...One such person is Liberty who is always quick to offer help when the skeining gets tough! She has plays a HUGE part in getting these yarns bundle up to go on the website and out to shops! She is also in the process of designing a childs sweater for use with the Duet Sock Yarns....so stay tuned for that pattern to be out soon!

Happy knitting!!!! ~Angela

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At 1:18 PM, Blogger Oiyi said...

Thanks for all the behind the scenes shot. Very interesting! Give Guppy a kiss for me.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Anni said...

Wow, what a great hobby/part time extra job you have. I'd love to do somethign like that. But I'm sticking to knitting and designing right now. I got my first skein of Duet yarn from www.theyarngrove.com yesterday and I love it. Got a photo of it on my blog. It's so gorgeous I jsut had to show it off. Will be checking back for more. LIke the look of your lace yarns too.


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