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Old 04-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Which dyer has short colorway repetition?

Is the title make sense?
I love MM colorway, however everytime I make something small, under 88 stitches, the repetition of colorway will create blocking.. and I figure if I can find a dyer who does shorter repetition of color or use more color, I can solve this problem without having to do some tricks to my projects.
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Re: Which dyer has short colorway repetition?

It won't be the size of the color, it's the diameter of the skein used when it's dyed. If the diameter is more or less, it will change where in the knitting the color repeats.
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Jenkubes6 here did some, I don't know if she is still dying but her yarns NEVER pooled. She used complimentary color in very tiny, almost speckled blocks. I have a pair of shorties knitted in some and 4oz's waiting for time for a project.

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Jenkubes6 here did some, I don't know if she is still dying but her yarns NEVER pooled. She used complimentary color in very tiny, almost speckled blocks. I have a pair of shorties knitted in some and 4oz's waiting for time for a project.

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Her yarns are mostly kettle dyed, so they aren't likely to pool at all. That's a good suggestion for the OP. MM yarns are space dyed, so the color repeats are consistent and will happen after a certain length of yarn is used. Kettle dyed yarns are put into a pot in a messy way, and the dye is poured over them at random. So the strands aren't together, and won't repeat the same way that space dyed yarns will.
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Her yarns are mostly kettle dyed, so they aren't likely to pool at all. That's a good suggestion for the OP. MM yarns are space dyed, so the color repeats are consistent and will happen after a certain length of yarn is used. Kettle dyed yarns are put into a pot in a messy way, and the dye is poured over them at random. So the strands aren't together, and won't repeat the same way that space dyed yarns will.
You can get color repeats with hand painted yarns that are very, very unlikely to pool. I do it in my yarn dying, you need to use very small repeats and several color tones help spread out the repeats helps.
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You can get color repeats with hand painted yarns that are very, very unlikely to pool. I do it in my yarn dying, you need to use very small repeats and several color tones help spread out the repeats helps.
That's true. But even with small repeats, if the amount of yarn you use in a single round of knitting is the same as one or 2 loops of skein, the yarn is still going to stack. I have the exact same problem with MM yarn as the op if I try to knit a medium. I can't adjust the needle size or stitch count enough to get past it without ending up with a different size of longies altogether. The color just stacks perfectly.
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This is why I'm moving to more and more kettle dyeing, tie dyeing and random hand paints.

If there's something you are looking for I'll be happy to dye it up for you... You can see my colorways on my FB page in my sig and I have a custom slot open.
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I find that wacky alpacky dyes with short color repeats. I've knit quite a few of her colorways and they usually knit up so nicely.
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