I've decided I love doing this. Not more then spinning yarn, but it does provide a rather satisfying break from that when my legs go numb.....
This first set is 100% 19 micron merino wool. I start with pre-felt, and roll or fold or scrunch the scarf before dyeing it. Sort of like willy nilly shibori. (vs. real shibori dyeing)
These two found new homes before they got the fancy photo shoot. But you can see the patterning on the black/grey/orange/red one was STUNNING.
These one's use the same technique, but they are 80% merino wool and 20% silk. The different pre-felt acted a bit differently then the 100% wool, leaving these ones way longer and skinnier. But still lovely.
I'm sure there will be more... I do have another 15 meters of the pre-felt to play with after all.... >.>
Awe! Don't feel that way! There are other life things that have to happen (like laundry and kid chasing and everything else) that get in the way. I stayed up way past my bed time to spin, and am paying for it in other ways.
day 1! did anyone else get their spinning done? I got about 7oz spun. I don't know yardage yet, as I'm going to not waste time figuring that out just yet! Must keep spinning! Spinzilla 2014 - Day 1 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
I have A LOT of undyed merino. 8 KG's to be honest. Or that is to say, I had 8kg's of undyed merino. Now I only have 4. Amazingly, it only took me an afternoon of intensive dyeing (between lunch and supper, and I still had supper on the table at a reasonable time!!) to do all this.
This one is kinda pretty. If you like green. I'm not a fan, but hey! some people are! Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
this yellow grey muddied. I know why, and I half expected it too, but maybe not so badly. Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
This was the last one I did. by that time, I was getting lazy, so I took my 2 remaing balls of wool, and pushed dye with a syringe into the centre, then soaked the out side with the other colour. Looks pretty neat! Dye day by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
And a minor distraction while washing wool... dye! Rainbow dyeing dirty locks - vinegar, wool wash and water in the pot with the locks. I sprinkled red, yellow and blue dyes over the fleece, poked it in and let it do it's thing! this is what happened! Distracted by dyes by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
I've had these cotswold locks forever... but since I was dying to dye something these were the first things that went in... Distracted by dyes by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
And about 8 ounces of merino top, into 1/2 of the left over dye bath (since it didn't exhaust) looks like this: Distracted by dyes by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
and the other half, I put dry merino into, and added some teal dye on top. There wasn't enough purple in the dye bath, but I still like how this turned out!