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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Coils and poofs and glitter! Art yarn pics on: June 11, 2007 08:51:43 AM
Why hello! I made this "art yarn" over the weekend, and even though it is fraught with a beginner's mistakes, I'm still proud enough of it to want to share it with you. Smiley

No name for it yet, but it reminds me a bit of cotton candy with the pink and blue! This is a superwash merino pencil roving that I dyed with Easter Egg dyes. There are some snippets of a glittery novelty yarn spun in, as well as some Romney locks I dyed. It's plied with a holographic thread, these are my first attempts at coils and I'm really happy with how they turned out!

And here's the whole skein arranged all crazy-like!

I hope you like! Please let me know if you have any suggestions for feedback, I'd love to get the input of you all more experienced art yarn spinners! Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Crockpot dyeing question on: May 25, 2007 05:23:56 PM
After reading about how easy it was to dye yarn and roving with a crockpot, I decided to try it out. I bought a cheap crockpot at a thrift store and decided to use it first for immersion dyeing. I had a thermometer in it, but after an hour the temperature wouldn't go any higher than 100F. I know the dye strikes at 190, so I decided to dump it all into a pot on the stove and do it that way instead.

Did I get a crummy crockpot? I had it set on high, but the water never even started steaming! I've never used one so I don't know if this is normal...or if it takes a reeeeally long time to get hot. The pot itself was hot, it just wasn't heating the water and wool inside. Should I not be trying to do immersion dyeing in it? Any help is much appreciated!
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