Some dyeing at last

Hi there, again it has been quite a while since I last blogged due to a very heavy schedule and moving houses which oh my god just gets harder with age! It is especially hard to move all my yarns and fibres. I’m so afraid they will find them self at the very back of my garage, impossible to get to when needed. Finally, the move went ok and I have boxes and boxes of yarn and fibres just about everywhere in the house and in the garage. This time around however, I actually have a small room for dyeing so I’m really  looking forward to getting that organised and really getting into some serious dyeing.

This week I did my very first dyeing in a long time and I did 2 fingering weight sock yarns and 2 braids of Maco-Merino roving.

First the sock weight yarns, I had one skein of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon and another one of 75% superwash merino, 20%nylon and 5% silver stellina for some sparkle. I did immersion dyeing  with 4 different colours and both skeins were dyed using the same dye baths. However, as each skein is individually dyed and the contents of each skein are not identical the final result is not quite the same. So here are some pictures for you:

IMG_1787 Here are the skeins being washed after the dyeing

 

IMG_1792photo 1 (72)      Here are the skeins all wound up after dyeing and you can see how the colours stack up

      IMG_1789 IMG_1790  Same thing here only they are not skeined and this gives you a good idea of the colours involved

IMG_1798IMG_1796 IMG_1797 It is amazing how the skeins change completely once they have been re-skeined. Here you have two skeins of beautiful, self patterning hand dyed yarn in sock weight. I love the colours and they make me think of sweets so I’m thinking of calling them “Candy bars”; what do you think?

IMG_1801  Here you see the final results, side by side; one yarn with stellina thread for some glitter and the other one with out it.

 

I also dyed two braids of Maco Merino roving I bought from a farm here in France. This time I tried dyeing with a crock pot for the very first time. The result is a semi solid roving, one in pinkish red and the other one in blue azur (vacation blue like I call it). And here are some photos of those:

IMG_1788   Being dyed in the crock pot IMG_1802  And here are the braids dried and ready to be spun

 

Ah it feels sooooo good to be back into dyeing, I just love playing around with a bunch of fibres and colours, even though my space is very limited at the time.

And guess what, I also did some spinning on my turkish low whirl spindle. I had tried that months ago, maybe even a year ago with out ever actually getting the hang of it. Each time I tried the fibre would break and the spindle end up on the floor and I more than annoyed. That is why I turned to the wheel fairly quickly, and yesterday I came across my spindle again and I said, hey maybe I should try this again and guess what?!! It actually worked this time! I’m so happy! Well, I must admit this is a way slower method than spinning on a wheel and I’m not very efficient yet but at least I finally understand how it works and my yarn actually does look like yarn! So now I just have to work on my technique and maybe I’ll even be confident enough to actually take my spindle with me when I go on holiday next month, for some spinning on the go.  Here are some photos of my spindle and newly spun yarn:

IMG_1793 IMG_1794 IMG_1795 Not bad, hey? 🙂

And last but not the least, it’s almost time for …….. UNWIND BRIGHTON unwind_logo180x180 I’m sooo looking forward to it. This will be the first time ever I do a show abroad and the first time ever I visit the UK so lots to look forward to. Also I’m not only participating as a vendor but I’m also going to try my hand at the “hand dyed yarn contest” and that will be the first time my work as a dyer will be judged my knitteratis and I really look forward to some constructive feedback on my work in that domain. So if you have the possibility of visiting the show in Brighton during the weekend 12-13 of July I highly recommend it as there will be lots of things to do and shopping like you only can dream of 🙂

Hope to see you there and if not, then until next time:) Take care and enjoy crafting