Over the weekend, the spinning group I go to held a dye day. It was fabulous. We all got together and dyed yarn and roving and silk. There was color every where, and most of us somehow came away with green hands, even though we were wearing gloves.
I even hand painted some yarn, which is not something I do very often, but I like the results.
All are one of a kind skeins hand painted on to my Pteranodon base. (100% Merino worsted)
I also brought with me a single skein of lace weight yarn with the intention of experimenting with food safe dyes. Experiment I did.
I achieved this “tie dye” look with food coloring. And on Friday, I will tell you how I did it. (I am taking pictures for a tutorial today). For now, I would just like to admire the effect. . . .
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It reminds me of a book we used to read all the time when I was a kid. Oh Were They Ever Happy! by Peter Spier. You can see what I mean.
I should get that book for Athrun.
As always, these beauties are all available in the Tiny Dino Studios etsy shop.
Also, it’s not too late to sign up for either of the knitting classes! They begin this week.
Just a peak at what at the new stuff I will be offering at next weekend Bazaar. (What doesn’t sell will be up in the Tiny Dino Studios etsy shop sometime after next Saturday.
This has become a big skein of thick n thin yarn which is out drying on the balcony right this very instant. It will be my donation to the silent auction.
I am working on spinning this gorgeous piece of merino right now. I have it in my head that I am going to navajo-ply it, even though I have never navajo-plied anything before ever–not that that’s ever stopped me.
My week is going to be filled with more fiber, a little trick or treating with the kiddo, and tolerating my last few days at the day job. What are you doing this week?
4 oz. BFL Roving dyed with greener shades acid dyes.
Part of the idea of starting my shop was to become a source not only of beautiful high quality fiber, but to also to do that in as an environmentally friendly way as possible. Because of the sales I have made so far, I have been able to take a few more steps toward that goal. Last week, I ordered the greener shades dyes I have had my eyes on for awhile. They have no heavy metals in them, which makes disposal of dye bath easier and more ethical. Also, they meet the criteria for organic production, so when I receive the organic Lincoln CVM roving I just ordered from a local farm, it can still be called organic after I dye it with the Greener Shades dyes.
With the farmer’s markets starting up, I hope to be able to start a dialog with some more local fiber farms and get some good quality Kansas wool up on the website.
This is gearing up to be a very exciting summer. For the month of April, I have been able to arrange myself to have Sundays off my day job. This means I can dedicate most of the day to the fiber arts, which can only mean good things for the shop. I have been mulling over ways to make self-striping and gradient dyeing yarns easier…I tried some gradient dyeing on Wednesday which ended in a disastrous mess of knotted wet yarn. At least I learned my lesson about following directions on the internet from my virtual yarn-selling competitors and am coming up with my own, more expedient methods.
2 Skeins of 100% Merino sock yarn in semi-solid violets. Also dyed with greener shade dyes.