Saturday, March 9, 2019

Dyeing for similar colour blends

Sorry, can't think of a better description

About 18 months ago, I dyed this at the Heritage Weavers (my guild) dye day.  Thanks Ruth

wool boucle, a sport weight yarn that had been mothproofed, and roving

Dye on skeins







The bits where boucle was both warp and weft were particularly nice.






Saturday, January 26, 2019

Socks, yarn and feelings about same

I want to knit a pair of socks with this yarn.  It's from Red Fox Fibres who came to a fibre festival last year and they are coming this year.  So I had to find the yarn which involved digging though 4 boxes of sock yarn.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time and spinning

Spinning in public is very, very interesting, I have not yet screamed at a person who says "that's a dying art"  living, breathing, spinning person right in front of you.

Sometimes this remark is made to 3 or 4 spinners, members of Guild

But another question is quite valid and interesting, "how long does it take"  and I can not answer with a amount of time, except that I can 2/3 fill a Louet bobbin with a fine yarn during a football game.

If I measure out a small amount, 25 g each of the 3 fibres I am working on for Kadigan, spin them and ply, without stopping for instant replays I might learn something.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

with apoligies to Robynn, Kadigan 2














I have just finished this commissioned piece, lovely yarn but fine, lovely man but big.
It's a relief to have done. Now I get to work seriously on Kadigan

I want to blog a lot about this work, this pattern because I know I will get a lot of questions and compliments as soon as I wear it.  And I want to track the alterations I make, something which I am terrible about,  make notes about knitting with a handspun and maybe take notes about how long something takes.

First thing is an apology to Robynn  one of the great things about this pattern is how changes are encouraged but I am not sure this many changes are what she had in mind.





the yarn is my handspun, heavier than the yarn she recommends and more uneven. Certainly not getting gauge
Unwashed gauge square, the stockinette is a good firm thickness, excellent for shoulders and sleeves.  first sample of garter is thicker than I want for the body of the sweater which needs to flow and drape. Used Addi clicks Olive Wood my favorite needles 4.5 mm. and changed in the sample above the white row to a 5.5 mm metal.

Measuring the changes in gauge washed and unwashed is an excellent idea, thanks Robynn  but since I wash yarn in the skein before knitting it didn't make a difference.  Commercial yarn would bloom and change more.

this is Romney, washed and dyed but not processed, I combed it with my hackle

It makes the yarn fuzzy and uneven

This is the fiber for one of the plies, BFL from aandb fiberworks where I work one day a week, for softness and shine



My gauge is 14 st to 4 inches, the pattern calls for 21 st.  So I am just going to do the smallest size instead of a large.  But I am making a huge change, I am going to start the yoke at the middle of the back with a tentative cast so it will easier ( think) to get both sides the same.  So it's 60 st for the cast on.

It's Sunday and I'm off to spin and watch football.




Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kadigan pattern, first post

Just bought a pattern, kadigan  that I saw on Rav.  This is notable because I seldom, almost never buy patterns, I make up my own, I have tons of books and the library has more, but this pattern is so good and so interesting that I Paid for it.



It is something I can wear, comes in multiple sizes and is very adaptable.  And it will be excellent for handspun.  Takes buttons, I need projects that take buttons, there are no pockets but I think those can be added.

Why is it so good for handspun?  It's multi coloured, if one runs out of a color using another is easy, it is plain knitting mostly garter stich which shows off handspun well but it will be interesting to knit. Currently I am bogged down in a commissioned sweater that is slow and dull to knit.



And it has an interesting back, so many patterns have dull backs.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Iron and Indigo 2

A large piece of probably cotton from the G to G Sale this spring, ripped into equal squares and 3 long pieces, bound with elastics and Indigo dyed.

Should have washed it more, to get out chemicals, not as dark as I hoped for.  Elastics are great for resist dyeing, they actually absorb the indigo dye.  Need to be cut off.


 Two of the squares.  a tool free from a garage sale and square nails from my 1904 house.

These are some of my favorite found, rusted objects, washers,

Most of the quilt lined up on my deck,  I want to wash them all one more time and then I need to learn to use the sewing machine I have owned for 20 years and never used.
Rail road ties are great found objects, they are fairly common along tracks, but they don't lie flat so the rust isn't picked up by the cloth in such a way as to be recognizable.

I am working on that.















Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Iron and Indigo, mostly indigo

Obsessed with Indigo dyeing since I took a course at Maiwa. I have done indigo dyeing before at various workshops and woad dyeing, even grew my own woad.  But it was always presented as harder than chemical dyeing or at least that is what I took from it.

The Maiwa vat is very simple and works.

Yarn, I was trying for a graduated look and got some but Indigo is such a strong dye it tends to go to the darkest colour.
This is a mohair boucle and it is lovely.  I dipped half the skein and draped it over the edge of the pail, took it out and let it change to blue, then put the whole skein in for a short time.

And I dyed cloth, one edge in each vat and move it back and forth.  This is a length of cotton from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers sale.  Think it's cotton might be a blend but indigo is very cooperative and seems to dye everthing

And Finn sheep fiber for spinning,  this worked as a graduated dyeing.  I want to try spining it to produce a very long graduated 2 ply,  It is  8 oz.
 A couple of experts (hey, they wrote a book) say that when overdying use the indigo last.  So far I have not found it makes a big differance with the rust dyeing.

This piece of fibre (again, probably but not provably cotton) dyed with found rusty objects then overdyed with Indigo
 These pictues are taken mostly on my clothes line.