Friday, January 6, 2006

a Warning to Fingers....

when dying your wool or yarn use gloves... Or your fingers may turn out like this... notice they're water logged and wrinkley. LOL I've been playing in water all night what do you expect?
so Wednesday night I spent my time dying yarn... Look here's some fun fun pix.
I tried making this stripey but it didn't work. Next time I'm going to have to reskein the frickin thing and do it the "right" way. UGH that's what you get for being lazy though.. Oh well I'm sure I'll like the results once it's knitted up! so this was supposed to be stripey. There are 3 skeins there. I used these colors in it. (sorry the pix is dark I did say wed night after all) the actual yarn turned out lighter than I wanted but I think I like it.. Here's a pix of it drying.. (2 days later it's still drying and I'm just itching to knit it or something) it's in my shower so I'm going to have to take a pix of these things in the daylight to show you a better view of the colors. They're a lot lighter. Ok now on to the next 2 skeins. I used these colors in this one. so for these 2 I tried something different I slashed and splooshed and swirled and sprinkled. I love the deep colors I got. I'm going to have to use these colors again. So here it is going into the microwave...
and then it's done. Beautiful!
anyways a while I go I got some wool right of a sheep a lady over at crochetville was giving it away. So I asked for some.. Well I also spent yesterday cleaning it... I used the tutorial here. She has some great stuff over there check out her other tutorials. While it was still wet I dyed it if you think that you shouldn't wear gloves while dying things look at this pix of steam that I took while I was letting it rest between heating. also here's some pix of how it turned out. so my question to you today is NOW WHAT? I'm not sure what to do next I guess I have to card it but I don't want to buy something like that b/c I doubt I'll be doing that very often. And I'm kinda broke.... So any suggestions? Well with that I'll leave you!

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8 comments:

Megan said...

OOhhh, I LOVE the yarn!! It looks fabulous, great job! I can't wait to dye some of my own, maybe next payday :)

Wendy said...

I wonder if you bought 2 wire pet brushes if you could use them. I think the whole purpose of carding is to seperate the fibers and pull them all into the same direction as well as getting rid of some of the debris in it.

Gorgeous colors. I must have missed the wool giveaway!

Emily said...

You can spin the yarn just like that, you don't have to card it persé. I've taken a class where they didn't even wash the wool before spinning it, they just did it raw.

I did use a pet brush before as well. Only one. Keep the wool in one hand and go over it with the brush. It flushes up the wool and you can spin with it. Saves on all the extra costs!

Have fun with it!

Garnet said...

Hey! I had fingers like that once! Our church in SoCal had a large Easter Egg Hunt and one year the youth group dyed the eggs! Yes! 24 dozen of them! After the first 3 you get rid of the little wire thinggie and use your fingers! By the time I was done my fingers were blackish! Oh yea then I went to a school dance with fingers like that and smelling like hard boiled eggs & vinegar! Oh those were the days! Your yarn looks beautiful! Have fun knitting it up!

Sharon J said...

Just thought I'd let you know that your blog isn't rendering properly in Mozilla (Firefox). The darker green background is only on the first paragraph - the rest is pale green with a very pale blueish text and pretty difficult to read. ~Sharon J

Shelley said...

I LOVE all those colours!!! I'm still thinking of trying some of the kool-aid dying...

I can't wait to see some pics of what you knit up with that beautiful yarn!

Sharon J said...

Thanks for popping over to my blog and letting me know you've changed your template. It's rendering better now but the bars from the "On the needles" part have moved across to the left side and are covering part of the text. I'm wondering whether it's actually a problem with one of the add-ons you're using rather than the blog template itself.

I spent a couple of hours at knittingpatterncentral last night but didn't find anything suitable. My mum's fussy about what she'll wear on her head. I've found a nice snood pattern and am wondering whether to just change that to incorporate a scarf.

~Sharon

Catherine Kerth said...

ooooh! ahhhhh! love the yarn!