Welcome to ColourSpun - the blog. Here you will find all sorts of stories about the many happy hours I spend creating and making both in my studio and while out and about - just generally indulging my passion for fibre and everything fibre related. Hope you enjoy visiting.
I've recently listed ColourSpun Ombre Stacks on www.colourspun.com , here's a good way to use them
are many ways to produce ombré or gradient knitting. You could purchase
specially dyed balls of yarn which slowly change colour as you work through
them. Using these yarns means the colour changes gradually as you work through
the ball without you having to think about it, so they are great for both
mindless knitting, when you don’t want to have to think at all and for
complicated stitch patterns when the stitches need your full attention.
you want more control over the colour change, there are ways to produce the
ombré effect using separate balls of yarn in a range of colours from light to
dark. This means you could knit a garment where the hem starts with a dark yarn
and the colour gradually changes, getting lighter and lighter as you work up to
ending the neckline with the lightest yarn.
way of producing this effect is to choose your range of colours in a yarn half
the weight (thickness) that you pattern calls for and to use it double. You
need at least 3 different colours; from dark through medium to light.
Start with 2 strands of the darkest colour (or lightest, depending on your
Work a number of rows – you will have to work out how many according to the
number of rows in your pattern and the number of different colours in your
Cut one strand of the starting yarn
and join one strand of the next colour, work a number of rows
Repeat “3” to end.
swatch here was worked in stocking stitch as follows:
on 20 stitches using 2 strands of light yarn, work 5 rows (light + light)
off 1 strand and join 1 strand of medium yarn, work 5 rows (light + medium)
off light yarn and join 2nd strand of medium, work 5 rows (medium +
off 1 strand of medium and join 1 strand of dark, work 5 rows (medium + dark)
off medium yarn and join 2nd strand of dark, work 5 rows (dark +
I have a pile of swatches on a shelf in my studio that are often my inspiration when I'm not sure what stitch pattern or yarn I want to use. They are all knit in ColourSpun and show me exactly how my yarn looks and behaves in different stitches. Although I can't share the feel here, I can share the look and instructions for you to create a pile of your own. I'll be adding new ones from time to time, so check back often. All the yarn used is available here
Although it looks complicated,
the bamboo stitch is easy enough for beginners ready to move on from stocking stitch. All it involves is passing a “yarn
over” over 2 knit stitches and the result is a firm fabric with an interesting
texture on both sides. It works well with all types of yarn and looks really
good using multi-coloured yarn. Starting a row with a yarn over can be tricky
so this sample has a selvage stitch at the beginning and end of each row.
Last week, not one but both of the undersea cables that help provide our internet went down. We also had one of those notorius highveld storms with thunder and lightning and so when everyone else was reconnected, we weren't. we had little spurts of connectivity and so never realised the problem was with our hardware. Anyway after much to-ing and fro-ing we are finally all up and working again. I have received quite a few pictures and so have some catching up to do. Here's the first one, from Margaret Pretorius.