Posts tagged handpainted

Last week I worked on some more handpainted top. The fiber above is merino and the fiber below is a Corriedale Cross which is supposed to be softer than just straight Corriedale. Each braid is approx. 4oz. I think I will spin up one of each colour to see how the colourways turn out. If I like them, I will have to come up with names for them :)

Dye Fest

During the Tour de Fleece we have 2 days of rest, the same as on the Tour de France. On my rest days I decided to spend the time dyeing.

My family has been really awesome as i have taken over much of the house with dye stuffs :)

I like using Greener Shades dyes. They are a non-toxic acid dye that doesn't use any heavy metals. Better for the environment and better for my family, since I do my dyeing in the kitchen.

I'm still hoping to have my shop open this Fall, even though sickness put me behind a couple of months. I'll have hand dyed fibers and hand spun yarns, and possibly some other goodies. Keep an eye out for sneak peeks. I think I see some colourways developing!

A New Adventure part 2

So back to the story...
I started to get busy making dolls and I didn't pick up my spindle for months.  Then in January I decieded to make a doll sweater for my daughter and I thought it would be fun to spin the yarn before I knit it.

I had her pick out the fiber. It was a lovely merino, alpaca, silk blend that was handpainted in a yellow/green/blue colourway.

I was so excited when it came I started spinning it right away. It spun so smoothly I was finely able to move away from the "park and draft" and have a nice fluid movement.  And that was the point I fell in love with spinning. It was just so clam and peaceful, it was like meditation but I was producing something at the same time. A definite win, win situation in my book!

I really loved the colour of the singles and I didn't want to mix them up so I decided to try theNavajo/ Chain Ply method.  It was easier than I thought it would be. The nice thing about plying on a drop spindle is between gravity and the built up twist(energy) in the yarn it basically plies itself.

Here it is after I plied it but before it was washed. You can see it has a little bit of that energy and I was afraid it would be unbalanced.

But after I washed it and hung it to dry it balanced nicely, yea! 

So it took me 2 months to spin, ply, wash and dry the yarn.  I had designed the pattern, and now I was finally ready to knit the doll sweater.
That's when my daughter told me she didn't really think she wanted a doll sweater, she wanted fingerless gloves.
Yes, 2 months in the life of a 12 year old is just too long to stay committed to an idea. At least the yarn was ready and I thought I remembered seeing a fingerless glove pattern somewhere...
Time to pull out the magazines and search Ravelry!