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LaughingLark
« Reply #180 on: April 03, 2011 05:33:21 AM »

k_cat, thanks for showing us how the alkaline changes the color. That's cool!  Smiley

I have more wool hanging out to dry this morning. It is very windy here, so I hope it will finish before the weather changes later on today. Some of these are overloaded with wool, since I underestimated how much tulle netting I should buy. I'll pick up a bunch more before I process a fleece or do another big batch of dyeing. I live near the Missouri-Kansas border, and Spring is volatile here with lots of gusty wind, even on the days we are not getting tornado warnings. Laying wool out to dry in the sun is just not gonna work for me. Cheesy My clothesline method is working great so far:
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« Reply #181 on: April 03, 2011 06:03:36 AM »

those dandelion dishes are so interesting!   Man I'm so excited for dye day.   
Laughing lark, I love the look of your bundles of wool.  so happy Smiley
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« Reply #182 on: April 03, 2011 07:19:31 AM »

The old part of my parents' house smells like rotten eggs. Grin
The yarn turned yellow, golden yellow, the dye bath turned reddish-brown, the yarn turned grey-yellow- mmmpf! I washed it and put it outside to dry. The last hour of this process smelled really awesome, because the alkali probably disintegrated something. The wool feels soapy now- the alkali might have worked with the lanoline and I hope it hasn't really killed my yarn, because the concentration was too high or because I left it in there for too long. Wink

I expected something like this - no real red, rather an orange tendency - because I was only overdyeing the yarn. Maybe my next experiment will be with undyed wool, A LOT of dandelion and an alum-soda ash-dye bath. The dandelion tea changed colour - so it must be possible to somehow get this done. Grin

Dandelion obsession, maybe. We still have a lot of them.
Need to go and open every window in the old house now. Next time I'll dye outside. Grin
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« Reply #183 on: April 04, 2011 05:46:28 AM »

I learned something about McCormick neon purple food coloring. It crocks, badly. All the dye exhausted in my wools, but when I started to spin the blue/green/purple stuff, my hands turned magenta. This is the only food coloring dye I've had this problem with, but it pretty much makes the yarns with the purple in them unwearable. I can use those yarns up in some wall hangings I wanted to weave this summer, but still...Sad

This is the stuff. Steer clear of the purple or use it very sparingly, with caution. I love the way the blue and green turn out. I think the pink may crock a little if you use a lot, but nothing like the purple.
http://www.mccormick.com/Products/Extracts-and-Food-Colors/Food-Colors/Assorted-NEON-Food-Colors-and-Egg-Dye.aspx
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« Reply #184 on: April 04, 2011 05:56:11 AM »

Bummer! that purple was so pretty!
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« Reply #185 on: April 04, 2011 07:21:09 AM »

I had my first attempt with dyeing yesterday! I just did a quick sampling with some regular food color drops, my 4 year old helped, then I spun it up. It was a learning experience to say the least. I'll post photos int he FF thread.
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« Reply #186 on: April 04, 2011 07:42:52 AM »

i finally plied the 2nd skein of puppy fur.  I had a bobbin mishap, one of the ends blew off, so I had to glue it.  The glue said it would be completely hard in 3 days, so I spun with at 2 days LOL  It held up anyway.   Now i'll fix my other bobbins too, (they all seem to pop a lid every once in a while)  then return to spinning!  I might see if I can make an eyelash yarn out of the puppy for her.....
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« Reply #187 on: April 04, 2011 01:53:26 PM »

I had neither time nor energy to dye today... Don't know whether I'll continue the experiment the next few days, it'll probably take a while before I do that. (Need to test the ph value of my mordant bath, too.)
Instead I have tried the long draw method. Sometimes supported, sometimes unsupported. It's not really even and some parts got too thin, but it's REALLY fluffy and soft.
Anonymous sheep, spun from my first rolags...

Don't know whether this will be OK as a single - some parts don't have the right amount of twist yet. Maybe I'll ply it with a brown single. Or not. Don't know yet...

(New medication, too tired to write more - mmmpf.)
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« Reply #188 on: April 04, 2011 02:37:37 PM »

i finally plied the 2nd skein of puppy fur.  I had a bobbin mishap, one of the ends blew off, so I had to glue it.  The glue said it would be completely hard in 3 days, so I spun with at 2 days LOL  It held up anyway.   Now i'll fix my other bobbins too, (they all seem to pop a lid every once in a while)  then return to spinning!  I might see if I can make an eyelash yarn out of the puppy for her.....

are they ashford bobbins? this happened to me with my ashford, quite a shock the first time...  Cheesy

All this talk of dyeing makes me itchy to do some myself! I stick to my lanasets, though, color fast and you always get something near what you're trying for.  I'm still on hiatus, though. Wink

I like that yarn, k_cat. I should try that again, I always seem to do a new technique one time, then fall back into my old ways.
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« Reply #189 on: April 04, 2011 02:40:05 PM »

Yes, they are Ashford bobbins.  At first I thought it was just age (as the first one was 12+ years old) But then my brand new one popped.  Who knows.  Not much a good glue can't fix. Smiley
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