Thursday, 1 April 2010

Playing in my dye pot

Yesterday was mostly wasted in a meeting at work - YAWN. It seemed an even longer meeting than it should of been as there was a burst water main just around the corner from the building I needed to get to (half a mile from town centre)... you can just imagine the absolute mayhem it casued with rush hour traffic - I had to pass through the town centre; it took an hour and a quarter to cover a distance that usually takes 5 minutes. Luckily for me I had set out extra early (ESP maybe?) so was only 10 minutes late.
On Tuesday I decided to blend some tops; 90% merino & 10% tussah silk and dye them with my new dyes. I did 2 tops which ended up at 54g each - dont ask me how I aimed at straight 50gs. I dyed them in 2 batches; lot 1 is terracotta, gold & olive green, lot 2 is mocha, olive green & gold. Pleased with the colours I set them aside (very impatiently :o) to dry.

The brown, green & gold was dry by evening :o) And I simply couldnt help myself, I decided to predraft it to a sort of pencil roving thickness and started spinning. I didnt want an even yarn though, I really fancied a thick n thin bumpy yarn.

I ran out of time on Tuesday, I managed to predraft & spin the whole top - but didnt have time to ply... I had decided to ply it with a green thread, to carry the green theme through the yarn. I had to wait till I got back from my meeting to finish it off.


I love this! Its about 65 yards long, luurvly and soft & very tactile. I will definately be repeating this dyeing combo... I like the earthy / woodsy vibe. Today Im planning to do the same with the other top, the terracotta, gold & olive green...

4 comments:

FELT 4U said...

So beautiful and earthy

filz-t-raum.ch said...

lovely colors and wonderful yarn!
bye,
filz-t-raum.ch

FeltersJourney said...

:o) Thank you x

Karen said...

Love the colors Deb, there gorgeous, mmmmm may have to do some more dying myself this weekend xoxoxo