Yesterday I got together with Z and we began the process of dyeing the 10 kgs (22 pounds) of white combed fleece that we had ordered. It was my first dyeing experience and I had an absolute tonne of fun.
Z owned a yarn store for many years and specialised in hand-dyed yarns, so I really was priviliged to learn from a master.
We started off with the biggest bowl I’ve ever seen. Here’s the bowl half way through:
In the bowl are two balls of fleece that I was dyeing while wrapped in the ball. One turned out a beautiful purple and white with a range of shades of purple. The other we over-dyed again scarlet and blue and is just awesome. Also in the pot is a green being over-dyed.
We had a lovely sunny day for drying the fleece.
While I was there I took some pictures of Z’s latest WIP to show you. She is recreating her yarn store in miniature – on 12th scale. But that deserves a post all of its own.
I had to dash off before the fleece was dry as Gorgeous Man was helping out with a stand for the SABCA at Kirstenbosch Gardens in the afternoon. So I don’t have the fleece here to show you pictures of the entire batch.
I think all-up we ended up dyeing a kilo and a half. So a whole lot more dyeing and other colourways to try.
Just across from the butterfly display at the gardens were people promoting the reptile version of the butterfly project.
Gorgeous Girl was most taken with the Burmese python.
I’ve also added another row to the fish quilt, but won’t inflict row by row pictures on you.
Right now Gorgeous Girl is sleeping, so I’m going to try and sneak in my 10 minutes of spinning for the day and some knitting.