Monday, March 31, 2008


Putting my own spin on things

Top to bottom: 4 oz. each Azalea & Daffodil, Blues & Violet, Raspberry Cremosa, Emerald & Spruce.

These are my first efforts in dyeing roving. I managed not to felt it, and it dyed up quickly and dried out nice and soft and fluffy. I bought a pound of it Saturday at NW Wools. Not sure if it's Corriedale, Wensleydale, merino or what, it's just sold as "domestic wool". But it feels very soft and should spin up nicely. Since I don't spin, I had to do some research on how to dye fiber, but there's good info in the Twisted Sisters Sock Book and last summer's issue of Spin-Off magazine, which I bought while the notion of dyeing yarn was just a gleam in my eye. Anyway, I have a lot to learn, and my presentation isn't as artful as the real pros, but I'm fairly pleased with these results.

Got a yarn order to get out, so I'm off to spend the rest of the evening preparing skeins.

Ah, this is what I've been waiting for! Now I can give you fiber to dye for me....
I popped over from the PDX knitters board--these came out great! Very impressive.
Please bring them with you on Wednesday. I will have my checkbook ready and waiting. How cool are you!!
How cool! Your dyeing is really progressing by leaps and bounds, isn't it?

I was going to volunteer to, uh, "test spin" it for you, but I see you've already got willing volunteers. ;)
Oh wow! I don't spin but I saw a wrap on Ravelry that was knit with sharpened broom sticks and roving and was pretty cool!
Nice! Those are just lovely! I like the orange and yellow and those are usually my least favorite colors. I'd love to see how these look spun.
Wow! You never cease to amaze, way to go! I'd love to see how they look spun, too!
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