Thanks Daryl! I confess feeling a bit giddy myself last night when I finally got my photos in :)
I’ve been sharing some images lately of the reskeined work getting ready to ship, and a few folks have asked about the ‘why’ of reskeining, so I thought I’d talk a little about it here.
During the hand painting process, things can get very messy. By reskeining, I am making sure that my skein has already been through a swift and skein winder, so my customer is going to get a nice, neat skein that unwinds easily when they’re ready to start working with it. It’s like a last-stage quality check. Everyone has had a skein that turned into a hot mess when they tried to unwind it, and it’s never fun.
Reskeining a hank also provides a better understanding of how the colours will actually sit beside each other in the knitting. For example:
This is a fantastic shot for showing my original intent when I was hand painting. The skein, unwound looks like this:
Reskeined, it looks like this:
And compared against the original photo, you can still see the connection:
I don’t reskein if the hank is already nice and neat and ready to ship, but if I see any rogue threads or think that the skein is likely to give trouble later then I absolutely will rewind it :)
I just have fallen in love with your work. The colors are beautiful!
I’m totally with you on the reskeining. Have a gorgeous skein of green silk. Have had it for years. In my efforts to sell off all my yarn – sigh – I had it in the bin and it looked pretty sad. Reskeined it looks like a million dollars. And I did have to really work at getting the mess straightened out before putting it on my swift. There’s nothing more frustrating then trying to unknot a beautiful skein. It takes the joy out of using it.
Everyone who buys your beautiful yarn is going to be happy happy happy! You make me want to take up my needles again my friend.
Ooooooohhhhh…so pretty! And I totally agree on the reskeining. It says that you really care about your product and its presentation. It’s classy and totally does give the customer a better idea about how the colors will work together. Great job!
beautiful how you’ve captured the tones in the photos.
I really like seeing both the skein and Reskeinreskein colours. I think that you get to see what all the shades are in the original skein and more what the knitting will look like in the reskein colour. I would love If both could be shown!
This post makes me giddy with excitement. I love seeing the skeins right up against the photos. Brilliant!