Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I didn't tell a "lie"...
I was making: LOTS more color!!!
Each color was hand rinsed in that colander in my sink!
Although the colors weren't necessarily what I expected, I love them all!
I got more than three shades from each jar because the areas where the colors blended often created a lovely layer of locks.
Above is the 'buttercup yellow' with some 'copenhagen blue' and a bit of 'rose' blended during the dying process.
This is the 'cophenhagen blue'
Below is the layer where the 'voiolet' and 'apricot' blended.
I actually like some of the blended areas better than the main color areas!
The 'Egyptian red' was dyed by itself, in the bottom of the roaster.
When the Egyptian red was done, I removed the locks and put a ball of white, Shetland /Angora rabbit blend roving, into the exhausted dye bath.
There was a little, loose roving, but most of it was still wound in a ball. I turned the ball about every fifteen minutes and kept the temp at 250 in the roaster. I really didn't think much color would take as I'd forgotten to presoak the ball of roving in hot water with dish soap added...
But it turned out beautiful!
The layer nearest the center of the ball took less color and the outer layer and loose roving took much more, giving me a beautiful bunch of graduated pink roving. I can't wait to spin this up. (unless, of course, I might sell it before I get the chance to spin it!)
"I'm dreaming about beautiful colors too, Mom. Can I come in the house???"
Sorry Dreamer. It's bad enough with two dogs and three cats in here! Not to mention the mess that I've been making with all my spinning and dying lately. I bet the grass will start turning green for you in just a couple more weeks. I sure hope so ~ I'm running out of room to put brightly colored yarn, locks and roving!