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« on: December 30, 2008 09:42:31 PM »

I've been planning to dye some roving for several days now, and I finally made it to the fiber store to get the wools.  I picked up some white superfine merino and some gray romney.  I picked up the romney because I want a crimson yarn, and I don't have the setup for non-food dyes.  I also wanted to dye the merino with blues and greens, but the store didn't have blues, so I ended up with pink, yellow, and green.

The merino went well, except that the yellow got swallowed up by the green.  This happened partially because yellow is a color that is easy to overpower, but also because I did the dyeing in my bathtub, and it's slanted downward.  This caused excess green to roll down into the yellow sections.  There are a couple of very small yellow spots left, but they are hardly noticeable in the picture.  I'm kind of glad it turned out this way, though, because it will produce a beautiful watermelon yarn.



The romney went okay, but a lot of the dye ran out of the saran wrap when I was trying to close it up.  The wool was also not as wet when I began dyeing, and I think that the color didn't stick as well because of that.  The cherry kool-aid did not take, and that end is closer to the original gray than the rest of it.  It will produce a slight variation in yarn color when spun, and I actually think I will prefer that to a solid crimson.



Also, if you don't use gloves, here's how your hands will look...


But I had fun!  I'll post pictures after it's been spun up.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2009 10:39:16 AM by knkurz » THIS ROCKS   Logged

knkurz
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 10:38:02 AM »

Here is a picture of the merino after being spun up:
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009 04:03:46 PM »

Ooh, the spun wool turned out quite pretty
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 03:01:05 PM »

Thanks!  I'll post a picture of the red when I get home tonight.  They both turned out great once spun.  They also both felted slightly during the dyeing process, which made life difficult (but that's what I get for dyeing in the loose, instead of chaining or using a bag).  My rovings never look like much after I dye them, but I almost always love the yarns Smiley


EDIT:  Here's that picture of the romney I promised!

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