I have always believed that some of my best dyeing techniques, like many life skills, come from learning to fix mistakes. Overdyeing, for one. I have very well-developed skills in that area. One of my favorite techniques is dyeing my Paintbrush Yarns, a technique that evolved out of a disaster many years ago. As far as I can tell, the earliest Paintbrush Yarns I sold were in 2007, although the technique started as a skein-saving measure several years earlier when I discovered playing with a toddler and silk ribbon painting were two things that shouldn't be attempted at the same time! Typically, I consider my paintbrush-style dyes to be one-of-a-kind because of the way they are created, although there are some dye color pairings I like and repeat with results that resemble each other, particularly when skeins are alternated during knitting. This week, for the first time in a long time, I set up my process table for Paintbrush dyeing and had at it.
This is "Feeling Frisky" dyed on Elliebelly Big Blue Bulky, a 100% Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) yarn. Although multi-colored yarns can require thoughtful project selection, I've had good luck with them and am going to start with a pair of Melissa LeBarre's new Bearberry mittens with a skein of this yarn.
One of my all time favorite Paintbrush projects is this Lente Cowl, which I knit during the annual Elliebelly Knitalong, Adventurous April, in 2014. Monika Sirna's brilliant pattern was a perfect choice for this style yarn.
These yarns are all Paintbrush Colorways using variations of the same base colors. The cashmere on the left became this gorgeous Liebevoll shawl.
On Ravelry, there are only a few Paintbrush Colorway projects and stash uploaded. I'm looking forward to dyeing a few of these yarns and seeing what new projects I haven't envisioned that people will come up with for them.