Friday, May 06, 2005
Spinning... I Don't Believe It!
Yes, I've finally been good and got going on some spinning again. These are the tops I dyed a couple of weeks ago. The ones at the front are the original rainbow dyes, 50 gms merino tops in 500 ml of water, and I have to say I'm impressed with both of these even as they are. The two at the back are also 50 gms of merino but dyed in the leftover dye liquid. They are quite pale but still slightly variegated. I'm thinking of alternating spinning them with their matching rainbows. Not too sure yet though.
I'd been spinning up the purple rainbow dyed tops and got a bit bored of the same colour. So I finished up the bit I was doing, set the spin and its drying at the moment. Then I decided to spin some of the green rainbow dyed tops in the pic above. Well! Am I impressed? You bet! I loved the way the purple spun up but the green is even better! It reminds me of the sea.
I used up the rest of the leftover dye liquid from the purple rainbow that looked a 'claret' red in the jar. When I dyed with it, I got quite a purplish raspberry colour, the second lot came out peach coloured and the third and final lot came out more of an apricot. Amazing differences. I will post some pictures once they are dry. I must admit I didn't do this very scientifically! I just grabbed a handful of tops and shoved them in the dye pot - obviously I don't expect to reproduce these! I feel a bit like a mad scientist - its fab!
The socks and cardigan are still progressing. I ripped out most of the right front of the cardigan as the buttonholes were spaced unevenly even though I had followed the pattern. I hate that! So I took it out and adjusted the spacing and it looks much better.