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15 Oct '13

Spectrum Kits

As promised very quietly yesterday on Twitter: What you see is 250 grams of yarn in one kit, 10 colors that transition as fluidly as possible from one to the next. After working on this idea for a month, I'm so pleased at the way the first ones turned out that I can't wait to put more combinations together! The way I've envisioned these kits, several options are possible. This is probably a very good thing in view of the fact that at least twice a week I get special requests for extra yardage of particular shades of the regular gradients. First, there will be two size options once we're really up and going with quantities of these kits. There will be a "Macarons" kit of 10 - 10 gram skeins for 100 grams total, and "Fat Quarters" kit 10 - 25 gram skeins (like the ones pictured here). The 100g kit will be 380 yards, and the 250g kit will be a whopping 950 yards. The second variable, which I'm super tickled about since I fell like the Dichormatic Gradient failed out of the box, is the range of color possible with the Spectrum formula. For non-dyers, this may be a bit of Greek, but in order for colors to be repeatable the concentration of dye stocks is the most essential factor. For regular repeatables I mix all my stocks and then layer in the dyepot as well as premix custom shades. For Gradients, you add a step: step 1, basic dyestocks, get mixed in step 2, premixed gradient colors (i.e. Shire, Ice, Rose), and then step 3, dividing the gradient premix into portions specific to each shade within the gradient kit. Dyeing is very much a science the way that I do it, and I know it frustrates people when I can't just whip up another shade or a single skein of one of the gradient shades, but I'm here to tell you that specific formulas are a very good thing despite their lack of flexibility. The Spectrum Gradients are a very much simplified process, skipping several steps and going straight to the dyepot. Since I'm already ultra-technical when I mix dyestocks, I essentially have my repeatables all ready to go. I haven't sketched out a complete picture of all the spectrums I may wind up doing, but I plan to have a good range across the color wheel. You've seen my first rainbow already, but wait until you see the red/orange that's been dyed up! The undiluted artistic side of me sees these kits and can't help but think of a giant box of brand new oil pastels. Okay, that's enough dyeing gibberish for one post. I hope you get as excited about the Spectrum kits as I am, because my next knit-along (beginning January 2014) will be featuring one of my own designs in the Rainbow Spectrum Gradient. My email is blacktrillium [at] popculturezoo [dot] com if you feel like you need to hear more when the time is right.

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