ColourWaves - the real thing (not just a description) are available NOW at:
What is a ColourWave?
Yarn that starts with one semi-solid color and with subtle changes
transitions to new shades or colors as you work it up. Often the
transition is so subtle you won't even realize you've changed colors as
you go! As a result you will also see few (if any) stripe effects from
the changes in your work. Once in awhile you can tell where a color change occurs but most of the time you can't. Unless specified (a sock set for example),
ColourWaves do not repeat colors. Fantastic for showing off your work
in lace without hiding the pattern in the color. The semi-solid effect
aids in the color transitions and creates wonderful depth in the colors
used. Often dyed as either a single skein or may be dyed as a
continuous set of skeins for larger projects. The process take's quite a bit or work, plenty of math and chemistry in order to get these results!
Why is a ColourWave special?
Each ColourWave is dyed
individually so no two will ever be precisely identical. They are unique
for their subtlety and availability primarily in
lace to fingering weight yarn. A lot of work goes into each and every skein. Inspiration is everywhere and together with special requests provide an ever growing number of
choices of ColourWaves available. Fabulous for many projects and I hope
you'll be inspired to try some for
one or more of yours! A color transition keeps the pattern visible as you work,
allowing you to highlight the pattern, the yarn or both however you
prefer. Because of the subtlety required for the changes, the "single skein"
technique (depending on your order) and so on, ColourWaves are unique even in the very unique and
wonderful world of color transitioning yarns.
How did ColourWave yarn get created?
It's a part of my mental makeup to solve problems when I can. ColourWaves were invented to solve a combination of things I like and problems with "I want this effect but how can I get it?
Some of what I had in mind when I went through the creative process:
I love color.....but I don't love stripes. I love gradual, subtle, color changes
in a lovely project....but I don't love figuring out when & where
to make them when I want to knit, weave, crochet, etc. I do NOT love
having to weave in many extra ends of yarn if I can avoid it. I love
the colors of hand painted yarn but don't always want to plan my
patterns to showcase the yarn instead of the knitting, weaving, etc. On
top of all that, I love the depth and richness a semi-solid adds to a
pattern. Various sources of inspiration have contributed to the creation
of what I call a ColourWave yarn. Some have included other yarns/hand dyer's work and I'm grateful for them. Some have included the effects achieved from weaving. Plus the fabulous effect you can produce dying a project AFTER it's knit.
How do you make it a ColourWave?
There are several steps involved in creating each lovely hand-dyed
skein. In addition to the multiple steps to prepare each skein for the
colors and transition, there is a great deal of math and chemistry
involved to ensure the smooth transition and some level of
repeatability. That's all before I even apply any dye, let alone finish
the entire process! The dye processing is fairly normal - except I often use a combination of techniques, rather than just one. Once the yarn is dyed, I reskein it in a process specifically designed to show the color transition easily and without winding it into a center pull ball, which is not always desirable.
What kind of projects can you use a ColourWave for?
Perhaps not for all projects - since this is not a color repeating yarn
(unless specified or by special order).....but weaving? You bet - let
your imagination run wild and combine a ColourWave weft with a
coordinating solid warp and see how the hand-dyed effect really pops.
Some yarns ColourWaves are done in are best suited to weft only. Some
would work wonderfully as either warp or weft. Do you knit or crochet
lace? ColourWaves are extremely well suited to projects that are knit
from one point outward such as a neck down triangle shawl or a
center-out circular one. If you need a knitted on edge, I recommend a
custom order where we can work together to estimate yardage to ensure
you have a uniform color for the edge (assuming that's what you want!).
What are some specific projects for ColourWaves?
***will add a separate section for this since it varies by yarn base and recommendations***
What ColourWaves are available?
See my store (www.etsy.com/shop/larascreations) for the latest updates. A handful of currently available options include:
What yarns can you make a ColourWave in?
I carry a range of bases either on hand or fairly easily available, primarily in fingering to lace to very fine lace weights. I can, however, special order others so the range is really dependent on what you want and how soon you have to have it. There's a limit to how short the yardage should be. In general for very fine lace I have skeins as small as 25 grams but they might still have 300+ yards.
How do I place a custom order?
Just let me know, I'll be happy to help! I will be adding some helping hints and information to help make it easier very soon!