I was finally able to spend some time on my new blending board this past week. I’d been saving roving scraps for a while, not because I had plans for them, but because someday I might have a use for them. They were perfect practice bits and here’s what they became:
My First Rolags
Not very pretty, but I’m itching to spin them. This will be anther first, I’ve never spun from a rolag.
TOMORROW WE DYE
For some reason I’ve gotten into the habit of doing my wool dyeing on Sundays. I have really nice Rambouillet wool that’s already carded and I have some green acid fast dye that I’ve not done anything with. Tomorrow will be more or less a dye experiment. Since my first attempt at space dyeing was a complete flop, I may give it another try, but then, again, I may just use the old drop it into the dye and don’t move it around too much method. That technique seems to work best for me. Results to follow…..
No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank
Hurray! It’s here! With our tax refund this year Mr. Iknead and I gifted ourselves with some things we’d been pining after for a while. I gave myself an Ashford blending board and on my first trial run, I could see.what a difference using it is going to make in my spinning adventures. Mr. Iknead has chosen to go with upgrading to an iPad Air. Can you guess what this means? It means that I’m getting his old iPad and my blending board! Two happys at once! I love it!
Here’s what’s currently on the bobbin
Super wash Merino dyed with Jacquard Acid Fast Dye, Sky Blue
Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength. Hasidic saying
Still enough under the weather to forego treadmill time today, so I decided to show off a couple spinning projects.
ON THE BOBBIN
Corriedale Cross Roving from Eweniquely Ewe Fiber Creations, dyed with Jacquard Acid Fast Dye, Lilac
More Corriedale Cross from Eweniquely Ewe, dyed with Jacquard Acid Fast Dye, pink
Great fiber, great customer service! Two thumbs up! I still have some undyed roving, I’m thinking green this time. After all the gray weather, I need some Spring!!!
Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be. Clementine Paddleford (is this a great name or what??)
INTO THE DYEPOT
So, up until now, I’ve been experimenting with dyes, mostly Kool-Aid, but a couple of weeks ago I decided to take this dyeing thing to the next level. I ordered the sample set of Jacquard acid dyes from Knitpicks and here are the results of a first time for everything dye trial.
This is some of my handspun – Natural Bare Superwash Merino/Nylon, dye color Vermilion
More handspun, this time Knitpicks Bare Superwash Wool/Nylon, dye color Sky Blue
I love, love, love the intensity of the color and, really, the process was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I’ll be doing more of this!
A LITTLE BRAG
Babymama picked up the needles again earlier this year and has been knitting up a storm. Look at her latest project, modeled (of course) by Babydiva. How bout them cables??!!
The minute you choose to do what you really want to do, it’s a different kind of life. Buckminster Fuller