Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blooming January!

Why does January make me feel bleugh? hmmm, maybe it is the aftermath of nursing my man through his recent op?  Thanks for all the well wishes by the way, he is doing really well.  He had a few days of feeling frustrated that he couldn't do things but now he is making good progress.

I have been playing with some more dyeing.  This time I used Kemtex Easy Dyes.  I didn't get the starter pack so I had no instructions dah....however, I soaked my lovely Alpaca and Tussah Silk roving for a long while (about an hour) in some lukewarm water.  I then squeezed out as much water as I could and then I lay the fibre in a pyrex dish in a zigzag fashion, pushing it together to get it all in.  I mixed the dyes in squeezy bottles, half a teaspoon of dye to half a bottle of water. About 125ml at a guess. I then simply squirted the blue, then the pink, then the lime green. The green looks so pale until it is cooked, see the picture below. I just made sure the dye has penetrated through the fibre and left it alone, I didn't want it to get muddy.
See how the colours changed in the green? I covered the dish with cling film and made a small hole for the steam to escape.  I set my microwave to 80% and cooked it in 5 minute bursts for about 15 minutes checking after each 5 minutes to see if the water was clear by pushing down on the fibre with a white plastic spoon.  This was not a sopping wet dishful, just well soaked.
and this is the result, it is beautiful to look at and I loved photographing it....I hope it spins up OK, it is on my list of spinning jobs!
I spun some very soft singles out of some equally delicious batts I bought from FeltStudio
The two above came as one lot and they are named Venice and Gondola, baby llama, suri alpaca, mohair, silk and angelina sparkle....now how could I pass those by? Remember my honeymoon last year? The skein below is called Valentine, Kid mohair and Suri Alpaca.....I just love spinning and singles are so quick to get to the finished product! 

Today, I am driving us into Ely to pay for our second honeymoon, this time we are taking my lovely Mum with us.  She kept threatening to come with us last year, it will be wonderful to have her share all the delights of Venice and Tuscany again....We are going self catering in Tuscany this time though, it is a lot cheaper that way!

There we are, I have cheered myself up writing this post, how clever is that!?! 

11 comments:

Monika said...

You are really clever! Writing about all those lovely fibery things, an upcoming trip, and a recovering husband (all the best to him!), that must make you feel better! The colores of you self dyed fiber reminds me of Easter time already! :o)

Marianne said...

I have always said, you ARE a most clever woman! :^)
Your dyed fibre is gorgeous as are your singles, pretty colours indeed!
XOX

Faerynuff said...

Those colours look like sugared almonds xxx

Repeat after me - January doesn't exist!

CG said...

ooh, what delicious yarns!

hakucho said...

So pretty...makes me think of spring :)

tiennie said...

Glad Barry is doing well and that you get to go on a 2nd honeymoon! You're so creative too.

Julie said...

You are incredibly talented! I LOVE the colors of your dyed fiber.

Probably Jane said...

I love Italy - if you have time, can I recommend popping over and exploring Umbria and if you're really adventurous, I found the high plains of the Appenines breathtakingly beautiful.

Have a wonderful time.

fiberjoy said...

Oh! Your silks turned out great! Where do you get the silk roving? Don't you just love spinning silk. :-)

Vacation in Italy sounds wonderful at this time of the year: sun, blue skies, warmth...

Lupie said...

Your yarn is amazing. The dyeing the spinning are all things I want to do. You inspire me!
Check out the group I started on ravelry
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/lesser-known-skeins
Lessern Known Skeins

KSee said...

I never could have imagined that the wet fiber would come out looking so yummy. Great post.

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