Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

Yours truely
Violently........... When I think about colour. 

My pallet consists of shades of purple and black. If I'm feeling adventurous I add in a little blue or maybe grey.

However my comfort zone is being challenged by gorgeous and talented folk. The interwebs are groaning with delicious offerings from indie dyers. 

Call it Clown Barf

Call it Unicorn Farts

I call it inspirational rainbows. 

There are rainbow gradients in fibre and yarn.
The possibilities are endless

I've been lusting over fibre goodness in all manner of colours recently.

This beauty is from Spunwareoverarainbow on Etsy. It's 21 micron merino and it's begging to be spun up into something truely delightful!

Mandy dyes the most gorgeous fibre and yarn. If you ask her nicely, she even spins up the fibre and sells the handspun too! Based in Canada, there might be import duty for us Brits, but her prices are really good.

Closer to home and close to my heart - Nunoco are up to rainbow tricks too!

This is Candy and Lora's Harmony Rainbow Pack. A pack weighs 150g and contains a selection of inspiring colour co-ordinating blends, merino tops, firestar, silk and noil. Is it not a thing of beauty!?

Don't spin? Don't panic!!!

HandDyedByKate in Wales will make you rainbows to knit or crochet with!

This ball longs to become super stripey socks!

What if you don't like in your face bright rainbows?

What about this from Countess Ablaze?

This is Nerds Prefer Their Rainbows Darker. A custom blend of fibre that spins up into the most stunningly subtle yarn.

What if you'd rather have yarn that's more commercial, more reproducible? Well check out Deramores online shop. The choice of rainbow yarn is myriad. Here are a couple of my favourites - 

This is Araucania Botony. It's laceweight and crying out to be an airy shawl.

This is King Cole Zig Zag 4ply in the Rhapsody colour way.


So you're now armed with yarn. What are you going to do with it!?

From teeny tiny rainbow baby hats by Jessica M Anderson

To stunning rainbow ripple baby blankets by Celeste Young

To Martina Behm's stunning Endless rainbow shawl

You can find umpteen ways to brighten up your day with Rainbows.

Me? I'm off to sing a rainbow while I knit one up!

I hope you've been inspired to make rainbows part of your life too

This post is my submission to the Deramores Craft Blog Competition 2015. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies.