10.04.2009

Dyeing to ……

Once upon a time there was a woman, a knitter of course, that dreamed of learning to spin.  She knitting and bought spinning books and magazines and read all of the articles. OOOO, Ahhhhh…. Then she met a fellow knitter, who was spinning on a spindle. Knitted Gems, who is a great knitter who is also a knitting designer. Her blog posts and photos about her beginning spinning gave me courage to try it. So in fits and starts I started.

024Then I met another blogger, Spin, Knit and Life, who sells luscious batts and spun fibers at her Etsy shop. She encouraged me and give me little tips, well maybe big tips. She walked me through buying a wheel, my first, now I’m thinking about another, and through her I became interested in dyeing.

The first thing I dyed (with Kool Aid) was some of the first fiber that was spun from my wheel.  Some lovely soft hand spun, that I’m now incorporating into a sweater.

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By now I’m seriously into the dyeing addiction. The latest I made is a sweet pink with some grey added in. I think it would look perfect knitted into a traditional little cardigan with some sweet pearl buttons.

010 Pretty in pink here.

011 Sprinkle (see technique here) on some grey and microwave for 2 min. Then cover with saran wrap and sit it in the sun for 2-3 hours.

004Woo hoo, beautiful yarn, soft and pretty.

008  Ready to ship out to someone to knit some pinky goodness.

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies…

3 comments:

  1. Vicki,
    You give me too much credit. There was a spinner lurking inside you just waiting to come out. I'm so glad that you have enjoyed your fiber adventure. You have done an amazing job in such a short time. You have become a great and consistent spinner and a wonderful dyer. Isn't it fun?
    Happy spinning.

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  2. Wow. You have gotten so good at spinning and dyeing. I'm just amazed. LOVE the pink/grey yarn.

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  3. I've been eyeing the spinning wheels at my LYS... they sure are tempting!

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