First, my WooLeeWinder and bobbin set have arrived. Now I can spin pretty, even bobbins full of singles and plied yarn without having to stop and adjust the feed loop. I have to admit, my Midwest value system has been whispering to me that this was a bit of a luxury purchase ($359 for the spindle and four bobbins). Fortunately, the "you work hard so you deserve a treat" and the "it's a one-time purchase so you should start out with the best equipment" voices in my head (and heart) have been speaking much more loudly!
Second, I took a shot at dying some fiber to spin. I ordered some bare 70% merino/30% silk from KnitPicks. It's quite a deal at $6.19 for 3.5 oz. They have a couple of other wool blends, too, but the shiny silk sold me. It's the equivalent of their Gloss yarn, which I used to make some gloves several years ago and liked.
|Eggplant and Vermillion - forgot to soak first!|
|Now some green...|
I probably should have done some reading online about how people go about dying fiber, but instead I just pretended like I was dying yarn and jumped right in. I mixed up bowls of dye, and then, being so excited to see what happens, I put the fiber in without soaking it first! What a blonde! How many thousand skeins have I dyed without making this error? It wasn't a fatal error, but I did have to do some squeezy squeezy action on the fiber to get it to absorb the liquid quickly and stop floating on top the dye.
Because I was using acid dye, the silk did not take the color as vibrantly as silk can be dyed. It's OK for this project though. Since I was making smoky colors, I like the fact that the overall affect is muted.
The finished photo shows the two pieces twisted together to give a hint of what this will look like when it is plied. Is it Tuesday yet?!!!
In other news:
- We launched Mystery Sock Clue 3 this week and the resulting feet are looking great!
- I have 10 rows left to knit on my Ethereal Shawl, but will have extra yarn, so I'm going to do more rows.
- I worked on another pair of travelling socks for AMoschel. I used a textured stitch pattern on these, but the dark yarn doesn't show it off very well. Actually got to start the gusset on these! This pair, along with the previous pair I posted, are now winging their way to Pennala in Canada.