Dyeing


A lovely lady at work has a vest that another co-worker and I want to make . . . it’s really pretty and she let me take it home this weekend to dissect it. . .

I’ve made a schematic and I am working my way towards a pattern, but unfortunately for me, I have to swatch to make the final result come out correctly, or at least that is the thought that I have about re-creating it. So, I am now swatching some yarn that I dyed last summer, with the intent of making Dark and Stormy   . . .Well, after the results of my dye job were finally untangled,

Whoops!! Holy Crap!

and the dyes were corrected (one contained more of one color than the other, and visa versa) this was the final product:

 

All Fixed and I love it!

I just knew that these wouldn’t work for the Dark and Stormy sweater.   So, they have been hibernating in the stash, and now I think I’ve come up with a good match! Tell me what you think of this swatch?  (And just to be clear, the skein being used is the one that really doesn’t match the rest of the other skeins in that dye job. . .  but it works well for swatching!

Swatch for Anita's Vest

No trip to the house this week, we are waiting for the insurance check to get here. . .

Well, first off, last weekend we went on a 2.0+ Mile hike to the top of the East Pinnacle trail, that is very near our house. We had just been waiting for some cooler weather, and it finally arrived! We had a choice to go east or west, but we chose East –

It was quite a haul up there, but I think the trek was worth it to see this.  We didn’t even know there was a dam nearby!  We also came across this, which is really wild:

Sand in Granite

Embedded sand pebbles -

What glacier did that come in on?  I mean whoa, there isn’t anything like this rock any where in town, or in the neighboring towns that we’ve seen.  Pretty cool, huh?

And on the fiber front, I am determined to make Dark and Stormy, yeah, like I need another sweater on the needles, but isn’t it pretty?  So, I decided to dye my own yarn, since 1.) I have lots of undyed here in the house, and 2.) I have the dyes  and a plan.  Yeah, well it went like this:

Whoops!! Holy Crap!

Yeah, I had made up some rose wood (color) early in the morning, decided against it, went with dried roses, and GD it, I grabbed the rose wood instead of the dark birch I had set to the side.  Well, as I was cleaning it all up I saw the dye and so, ok, make up more rose and add to bucket one and add the dark birch to bucket two and I now have this:

All Fixed and I love it!

I think that went pretty well, don’t you?  Well, sort of, I am now working on untangling all of this yarn since the skeins were not as securely tied as I thought.  ((SIGH))  That has how this whole weekend has gone. . . and it’s back to 75 degrees out there . . . double ((SIGH))!

Talk at you all soon!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for all the very nice comments last week on the Betty Roberts Wheel – she and I are still getting to know one another, but she is becoming a little more compliant! I bought some rubber grippers to put on the feet of my stool and I put her on a non skid liner shelf, and it all seems to be working out: 

Jumbo Plying Bobbin

First Spin - Cotswold


 

It’s major full, but according to the wraps on the skein winder I only managed to get 330 yards from 5 ounces of roving.  It seems wrong to me, and I need to recount the wraps I think, does anyone want to help?!  I am hoping to get enough yardage to make the Miralda’s Triangular Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia.

 

First Spin - Cotswold

Turkey Red Cotswold

So, although the color is a really pretty natural gray, I don’t really like gray on myself. . . it makes me look washed out and a bit sick.  So yesterday, after plying and soaking to set the twist, I took 1/16th of a teaspoon of Turkey Red Dye and added it to a tablespoon of citric acid crystals (I hate the smell of vinegar) and 1 teaspoon of sodium ash (this was for 5 ounces of yarn).  I threw this all into the extra crockpot, stuck it on the stove on low, and Chris and I went to dinner and the movies, only in reverse order.  We saw the new Quantum of Solace movie, and I just have to say that Daniel Craig, In My Personal Opinion, is the best James Bond out there.  He is one bad dude.  Anyway, I digress – this is the result of the crockpot dye when we got home: 

Turkey Red Cotswold

elfin-lace

So, what do you think?  It seems to have come out pretty well, and I just hope I can get the same color with the remaining cotswold I need to spin – I only have about four ounces left, so I may have to use two different yarns for this shawl.  I don’t necessarily think that would be bad though, as there are definite breaks in the pattern in this one.   

In the evenings I have been knitting my Walker Treasury Swatch:  Elfin Lace in Book one on page 208.  This is the best way to try all those yummy yarns out there that you want to make something with, but don’t know what!  Here is my swatch so far:

elfin-lace

elfin-lace

I have a really hard time with written instructions tho, so I would first have to chart this one out to make it! It wouldn’t be so bad though, since all the odd rows are purls –

Well, it’s off to help put away the groceries – so, hope you have a good week everyone!

I have so many things to share this week that I am going to put up gallery posts to see how that works, so, if it’s too much . . . tell me and I won’t do it again! ((Yah, well it doesn’t work if you add anymore pictures so – crap!! )) But since the informal poll says that I should be working on my WIP’s/UFO’s and Spinning, well, I just had to accomodate. lol

Since Chris was in Dallas last week, and I came home one day to some new dyes. . .well, I just got carried away! I took some of Peggy Sue’s roving (this is the same sheep but fleece as professionally put up into a pin drafted roving by Zeilinger’s Wool Co.) It’s been sitting in the wool room for a while. . . I was kinda blah about spinning more cream colored wool, which is why it’s been sitting for a quite a while back there! So look what I did!

Peggy Sue Naked

Peggy Sue Dyed Apples

Peggy Sue Dyed Apples

Unbraided Roving

Unbraided Roving

Adding Some Unknown for Effect

Adding Some Unknown for Effect

Blended Batts -

Blended Batts -

Blended Close up

Blended Close up

So, I took some naked Peggy Sue and added some dye, (at the same time as talking with my daughter on the phone, no less) and got this wonderful roving I am calling Apples, as it looks like Macintosh apples to me. Then took a bunch of pictures, and on a whim, I decided to try and blend another fiber into the roving. I don’t know what this fiber is except some felted, hard packed stuff (or use your imagination)!

After doing two or three lengths, I decided it was just mudding up the colors so, I quit blending. So, I am hoping it will be enough to make a distinct difference, but in actuality, I don’t know what will happen after spinning. (This is a total of about 6 ounces here. . . so who knows?!)

In the meantime I have been working on my WIP’s – I know can you believe it? This is an enterlac scarf I think I am making for my sister in law (in Maine) – it’s a six row, not blocked and not quite finished but almost! I have 38″ here – how long do you usually make scarves anyway??

Enterlac 6 stitch repeat

Enterlac 6 stitch repeat

Close up Enterlac

Close up Enterlac

This yarn is Araucania Chunky/Multi in color 206 – I’m using size US 9 needles and I am hoping to finish today – maybe as the spinning wheel is calling my name. . . I am tending to spin during the day and knit at night. And speaking of spinning look what is on it’s way to me as we speak (type, read, whatever)!!

Bettys picture of my wheel!

Bettys picture of my wheel!

Not my picture as you can see, but OMG I am so excited!!!

And the plain truth that I don’t have any of these genes in my body, I don’t think! Yeah, so, I must apologize to each and every one of you that have been following along with my forays into solar dyeing. You know that glass *5* gallon jug I use? Yeah, (cough, cough, blush, sputter, sputter) well Marie asked a couple questions on my method, so I decided to actually measure the amount of water that jug holds. Well, who knew there was 128 oz. in a dadgum gallon?? So, I am embarrassed but, hey at least I’m fessing up right?

So, let me show you what my one gallon jug did over the course of the summer with Peggy Sue’s fleece:

Multi colored Peggy Sue

Multi colored Peggy Sue

Isn’t that just fun?? I plan to start making up some batts and possibly selling them on Etsy or not depending on how they come out and how much I can really get done! And if they even sell . . . Anyway, So, ok, I promised to show a better picture of the blue from last week and here is that picture:

Blue Locks

Blue Locks

I am really quite pleased with the results from all this solar dyeing. I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope I can continue to come up with another way to dye this winter, as it really brightens my day to pull these beautiful colors out of the bottle! This weekend I am trying to get some Suri Alpaca clean. . . OMG how do people spin this without cleaning it first? I can’t, I just can’t do it so, next week you may see that I ruined a Suri Fleece in this space!

This week at work was quite something else, so I haven’t had the energy to get Caryn’s four fingers put together into the top of her glove. . . I plan to do that today. (Football and the couch make for good knitting or spinning on Sundays!) But I have discovered that I do like spindle spinning for short periods of time since I got a wrist distaff from a gal on Etsy. So, I am slowly getting the Rose Garden spun up on the Ledbetter Spindle:

Spunky Rose Garden

Spunky Rose Garden

And I am still fiddling with spinning from the lock with my Kundert Spindle:

Spinning from the lock

Spinning from the lock

The green thing is a rubber band that I use to keep the cop from falling since the shaft is a tapered one. I have one under the cop of the Ledbetter spindle above too, I’ve just covered it up. I have to go back and find the name of the sheep that grew this fleece, I just can’t remember off the top of my head! Oh, and one more spindle shot as I am playing with them this week –

Dervish Spindle

Dervish Spindle


Isn’t that a beauty? I almost hate to spin with it as I don’t want to drop it! I am spinning some merino silk from Yarn or a Tale on this one.

Yes the kiddos are home!! l really love it. I think in all my heart that as much as I complain, I was meant to be a Mom. They got a bit turned around on the drive home, but in the end they made it. All in one piece and no fighting was heard . . . so it’s all good. Trying to teach Bryan how to cook (and he did really, really good!) and trying to get all of Caryn’s dr approintments and blood tests done. . . she’s now off with the neighbor at a concert – so we will see her for a couple of hours tomorrow before they have to head on back to Lexington…

In the meantime, we are expecting rain from the big “I” and gas went up exponentially in hours – not days, not weeks, hours in our little town which caused a run on all the pumps . . . good freakin’ grief!

So, I stayed home and did some dyeing . . . But first, I must show you Party Dress and all her brightness:

Fuzzy Party Dress

Fuzzy Party Dress

She’s a bit fuzzy, but this was taken last weekend, and it could have been the bourbon, but I really think I just shake when I take pictures. Yes, a tripod would be a wonderful addition to my paraphernalia, but it’s not in the cards right now. So, like I said, before Ike’s wrath hits us, I decided to do some dyeing and try some over-dyeing! All done with the heat of the sun, and I love it, it’s so easy and it doesn’t heat up the whole house to boot. So, here is my newest Party Dress in all her blurriness:

Overdyed Party Dress

Overdyed Party Dress


Tell me what you think, do you think she is as pretty as the first Party Dress?! I will try to get a better image – next week when the sun shines again. I think she is much more my style, although, I still have no clue what I will do with her. Maybe if I get her and Evan Williams together, I might come up with something! 🙂

I also did some dyeing last week with the pillow case of never ending Peggy Sue:

Peggy Sue in Coral

Peggy Sue in Coral

And today I did some more in Pinks:

Peggy Sue in Pinks

Peggy Sue in Pinks

So, I have just a little left to go with Peggy Sue, maybe two more jars – I have the greens and purples, coral and pink, I was thinking of yellows and blues next. Then I plan to work with the Deb Menz Color in Spinning and see what kind of batt (s) I come up with. . . Any other suggestions besides the yellow or blue?
And the last thing I did while I still had some light was to take pictures of this:

Colors of my soul. . .

Colors of my soul. . .

I think we all have colors that make us happy and for me these are it!

I have a lot left to spin, but I am seriously trying not to overdo it with any one thing. . . which makes my posts quite sporadic – I hope you all can bear with me until I get this empty nest under control and my head settles out with all the dust!

Hey guys! Yup we are actually doing something, this week that both Chris and I have off from work! We are leaving bright and early (7am) tomorrow morning to go and see his dear brother and sister in law in Michigan! Wow! Miracles will never cease! lol! I don’t think we have been up there since the year 2000, so, yeah, we are way overdue. Hopefully, the weather will co-operate and stay nice, but knowing us, it will rain. I do think it will be cooler than the 80+ degrees that are being predicted for our area –

So, that is the reason for my early post this week. On to the good stuff, eh? Last week, I decided to try my hand at some solar dyeing. We certainly have the hot weather and sun in the summer, and it wouldn;t stink up the kitchen and make a mess, but I would have to sacrifice something to experiment with. Don’t you hate that? You buy stuff to dye, then you’re too afraid to mess it up so what happens? It sits and sits undyed and unloved in your stash. So, on a whim I did this:

Solar dyeing

I keep on trying for that elusive red-coral color that will make my heart sing! Well, I did it! I got exactly what I was trying for (can you believe it?) the stars must have all been aligned or something! LOL So, are you ready? Here is ’tis:
Wool2Dye4 Sock Blend

Is that cool or what? 1,088 yards of 3 ply sock in 100% Merino. Oh it’s so soft! What will I do with it? Well, that remains to be seen at the moment!

In the meantime, I loved my handspun Jester so much, I actually cast on for a sock, even though I already have a pair going. Here is my first attempt at a self designed sock:


I really like this pattern, but, well, um, I dunno, is it ok for a sock? I hemmed and hawed, brought it to work and Karen was ok with it but didn’t seem thrilled so. . . this is my second attempt:

Ooooh, I like that, don’t you? Yeah the color is off, that’s what happens when you shoot at 6 am before going to work and the sun hasn’t come around yet! So let’s try that again, shall we?

Yeah, that’s better, don’tcha think? Well, I don’t care, I love it! I’m still spinning Jester, and got another 110 yards out of my second 2 ounces, I guess I was hurrying too much and made this a little bit thicker as I was simply trying to get enough to make a full sock on our road trip. I really love this yarn and the way this sock is working up!

The row counter is a blast from an Etsy vendor a cool 10 row counter, but my pattern is only rows, so I can take the extra off as you can see. It’s pretty cool and keeps my place very well, it’s just a little heavy, but not bad. Here is a full view:

Go give her some business!!
Etsy Vendor

Have a great week everyone!

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