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Nachomama 11-14-2012 01:26 PM

Finishing up the last couple-Gauging interest in hand dyed yarn testers
Finishing up the last of testers now, see my WAHM thread!

I've been dabbling in yarn dyeing for about 2 years, been selling locally and I'm debating about taking the plunge to become an actual WAHM. I'm interested in trying some different techniques and some different bases and think doing testers here might be the way to go. So, I'm gauging interest and trying to figure out how this would work. These would be done at cost (so, cost of yarn + shipping to me + shipping to you + a pinch extra for cost of dye/chemicals/etc). Thinking $9-$16 depending on the base, all professional bases, not craft store stuff. You would get to pick some colors (say 2-5) and I would decide what technique to use to apply it. If you hated the result, I'd be happy to overdye. If you'd possibly be interested, please post here and mention what sort of base would be of interest to you. I'm trying to decide if I should do all the same base or use the opportunity to try some different bases.
Oh, here's some examples of my dye work
Some of the latest heading out
For calleiah
IMG_0660 by bethandjami, on Flickr
For Mrs Stripe
IMG_0601 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0605 by bethandjami, on Flickr
For Donnisha
Self striping
IMG_0035 (2) by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0040 by bethandjami, on Flickr
and wound
IMG_0078 by bethandjami, on Flickr

and gradient
IMG_0079 by bethandjami, on Flickr

another gradient
IMG_0075 by bethandjami, on Flickr
same skein wound the other direction
IMG_0065 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0534 by bethandjami, on Flickr
For mekjsk2000
Scrappy set
IMG_0338 by bethandjami, on Flickr
and close up on the star
IMG_0340 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0209 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0205 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0001 by bethandjami, on Flickr
Tonal blue for omahonycm
IMG_0226 by bethandjami, on Flickr

Cobblestone for thealmightyme
IMG_0229 by bethandjami, on Flickr

Tea Time for mistylynn313
IMG_0234 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0224 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0117 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0111 by bethandjami, on Flickr
SDC14089 by bethandjami, on Flickr
IMG_0001 by bethandjami, on Flickr
2012-08-14_09-23-59_239 by bethandjami, on Flickr
Young Einstein Sweater by bethandjami, on Flickr

I'm ready to do these! Here are the bases I have available, on a first come first served basis. You may get one or 2 skeins. If I have enough of the base, you may also add a 2 oz trim skein for $9.
These bases are $13 ppd
Cestari fine- 3.5 oz
Mountain Meadow Worsted- 3.5 oz
Licorice Twist- 3.5 oz-GONE for now
Gaia Bulky- 4 oz- GONE for now
Blackberry Ridge-4 oz
Montana- 3.5 + 1 trim available

These bases are $10 ppd
Cestari Traditional- 3.5 oz
Purewool 3.5 oz- GONE for now (more on the way)
Merino Worsted 3 ply 3.5 oz

I will be testing 4 different dye techniques. I would also like to do a scrappy set, so looking for 5 testers right now. I would prefer you to be someone who is familiar with hand dyed/indie dyer/hyena cart yarns. I also ask that you plan to knit this up fairly soon as I have some questions about the final product once worked up.

You can pick 2-5 colors and let me know if you prefer light or bright. You can also just ask for "fall colors" or "girly" and I'll use my discretion. Or you can send me a pic that you like the colors on for inspiration. I will pick the technique I use to dye them. I will have a questionnaire form for you to complete. Turn around time is 3-4 weeks. It will likely be less, but I want to give myself enough time to not feel rushed, especially with the holiday.
qsefthuko- 2 cestari fine, boyish fall colors- pics in post 24- shipped
MistyLynn313- 2 licorice twist + trim- girly with inspiration pic- pics in 29
omahoneycm- 2 Gaia bulky- blue tonal- pics in 29
thealmightyme- 2 Cestari Traditional- "cobblestone"- pics in 29- shipped
Buckner- 2 pw + trim, icey pink/purple/grey-shipped

calleiah 11-14-2012 01:45 PM

I'm interested! I'm new to wool and looking for supplies to crochet! I'm game for gn/boyish/primaries/pastels and tend toward the purple/blue/green side.

(noob question. When you say base, are you referring to the fiber content or colors? Lol. Sorry for the dumb question. )

Nachomama 11-14-2012 01:47 PM

Re: Gauging interest in hand dyed yarn testers
Any yarn in particular? Higher end? Cheaper?

qsefthuko 11-14-2012 01:50 PM

Re: Gauging interest in hand dyed yarn testers
I'm interested depending on cost. I prefer a toddler base such as cestari. Colors I like tend to be fall colors such as browns, greens, reds, oranges, and yellows.

Nachomama 11-14-2012 02:09 PM

Tee hee, base = the actual yarn, like Cestari, Blackberry Ridge, superwash merino. Sorry, I forget about the lingo. :)

omahonycm 11-14-2012 02:26 PM

I'm very interested! I like MMR, pure wool and Gaia bulky best. I also like LT and Kona. I'd love fall Girly colors as well as semi solids.

mistylynn313 11-14-2012 03:34 PM

Re: Gauging interest in hand dyed yarn testers
I would be interested. I'd be looking for girly yarn on either newborn bases like gaia and bfl or superwash bases for older DD. I like quality yarn - doesn't have to be a crazy expensive base, but nice for me to work up and nice for DD(s) to wear.

calleiah 11-14-2012 08:14 PM

Ahh cool! Well since I'm new to wool I haven't worked with a lot. What I'm wanting is soft wool, in a worsted weight and I'm pretty happy to let you decide what matches that description. I also love baby alpaca.

thealmightyme 11-14-2012 08:34 PM

I would love to test for you. I like Corridale, MMR/MMW or even Gaia bulky. I'm pretty easy to please. I would even use non superwash Merino if you would like to see a felted project.

carriek38 11-14-2012 09:26 PM

Re: Gauging interest in hand dyed yarn testers
Good luck! Your pics are great; your past yarns are vibrant & crisp. I wish I still had one in diapers so I could snap some up. Maybe when you move on to other weights I can grab some :mrgreen:

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