Welcome and thank you for popping in today! I’ve been reeeeeally excited about today’s post for a few days now, so yay… the moment has finally come! Did you enjoy meeting that sheep? She is one of my Mum’s sheep… if you have only just met my blog, you might enjoy taking a trip back in time to meet my Mum’s sheep collection they are a lovely bunch, especially if you have sheep nuts in your hands!
I’ve been telling you in the last couple of posts that I went to my Mum’s fibrecraft garden party on Monday, which was a public holiday, and did some cold water dyeing. It was sooooo much fun, and I finally, FINALLY have all of the wool dried and balled, ready to play with! Oh the excitement!
When I went on holiday a few weeks ago, we stopped at Utiku, home of wonderful Perendale wool which I tend to go on and on about. In amongst the bags (and bags) of glorious wool that ended up in my Aunty’s tiny (very full) car, were two nice big skeins of undyed wool, which I bought for the purpose of dyeing at some stage.
I’ve had a go at dyeing once before, but the colours were so weak it just didn’t do it for me… these colours were fabulous and I got into them, dyeing all 400grams of my wool into beautiful bright colours….
This process involved painting the dye on with our fingers, smushing it right into the wool so it reached all of the strands in the centre of the skein… I managed to keep it off my clothing, but dyed the deck a bit too…. thank goodness for waterblasters! I have to say, it was like stepping back into childhood, “er…sorry Mum, I got dye all over the deck…” (Better to tell Mum than Dad!) The next part of the process was to leave the wool in the sun for 48 hours.
48 hours!!!! But I want to see the results now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So as I said in my last post, I left it at my parent’s place so that I’d leave it alone and not play around with it, trying to get it to set faster, and on Wednesday, off I went, back out to the farm to rinse the dye off and spin the skeins in the washing machine.
They turned out quite different to how I had expected them to, but I just adore them and can’t wait to see how they look knitted up… I discovered I missed bits here and there, so have white spots in some parts, but Mum said that is easily remedied with a matching felt pen….(!)
Winding it into balls was the most interesting part, seeing what it looked like compared to variegated yarn being manufactured by people who know a lot more about dyeing than me!!!
I’m interested in how the colour I thought was the main colour in the skein, becomes the secondary colour when the ball is rolled…
I’m amazed at how when there are three colours, and two are similar, the whole ball is dominated by these two shades…
I’m fascinated by how much yellow steals the show! Especially when mixed with lime green! (That end ball is like a flock of canaries!)
So I’m going to have to get myself some more white wool and some more cold water dyes and have another try at this! But first I’m thinking I might need to put some manufactured variegated colourways on my niddy-noddy and unravel them into skeins to see how they mix their colours so beautifully…..
I think a new obsession has just begun….
I’m thrilled by these lovely big balls of colourful goodness! I have no idea what I’m going to make with them yet, but I want to have a play soon to see how they knit up… especially the canary!
OK, well, I’m off… I’ve just started a really fun new project which I’ll tell you about in my Sunday morning post, plus I’ve got FOUR flower tea cozies that need to be made, oh and a pattern to write for fingerless mitts for my crochet class…. sounds like a fabulously fun morning… it will be… I love my life….
Wishing you a beautiful day!
Lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX