*warning: long post*

Here we go with all the dyeing from the last few weeks! They're all pure wool, obviously. The Wenslydale skeins are 200g, the rest are 100g (you should know me and my obsession with 100g units by now...) None have been re-skeined, just as they are when dry... re-skeining does show the patterns of the dye better, but I'm too lazy busy.

From the left:- 1) pale reds, lilacs and blues - dip dyed so will form a pattern 2) dip dyed in purple, pink, rust and slate blue 3) random dyed Wenslydale in blues and purples 4) dip dyed in yellow, red and blue - the brightest skein of the lot!

5) the KnitPicks yarn my SP sent me! Greens, lilacs and purple (which looks better than it sounds) dip dyed 6) deep heathery shades in a subtle blend.. more of a random dye so no definte pattern. 7) Wenslydale in yummily soft shades of red, space dyed 8) Lopi chunky in pastel greys and greens, dip dyed to form patterns when knitted.

9) pastel shades of pink, blue, grey and purple, dip dyed again 10) random dye in beautiful shades of green, from emerald through to leaf green. Damn the camera for not showing the colours well enough 11) random dyed Wenslydale (yum) in soft, beautiful heathery shades. Wenslydale takes colour beautifully, and you could chuck anything at it and it would still look gorgeous 12) Lopi singles in electric blue shades, random dye.

13) vibrant purple, grey, pink and blue, dip dyed 14) More yummy Wenslydale in soft pastels in mint, peach and blue, space dyed 15) Wenslydale again, random dyed in sweet reds, pinks and all those sorta sweet/candy colours 16) yet more random dyed Wenslydale in bluey, purple heathery sorta colours (get me?)

Here are some fibres.. 17) yummy, gorgeous Blue Faced Leicester roving in another heathery kinda mix 18) Falkland roving in soft reds and blues.

19) Yummy Mohair, that I can't wait to spin (even though rumour says it's a right poo to work with) in greens and earthy shades 20)scoured Falkland dyed up in pale greens and blues. It's gonna need a lot of carding, this one, so is at the bottom of my 'to do' list ;)

21) 'Please, let me touch it again' Alpaca, which has taken the dye with the same lustre as the Wenslydale and Cotswold. Don't ask why I haven't spun it yet... think I'm saving this one for the Hitch-Hiker. 22) On the right is some Costwold in pale sea shades.

23) A blend of 70% wool, 30% silk noil, random dyed in alsorts of colours which should be fun to spin. 24) Botany roving in pale sea shades, another fibre I've not spun before.

25) A whole bunch of silk noil fibres in small quantities, which will be added to yarns as I spin for texture. Tom's decided he doesn't like the smell of warm silk as it's being dyed.

And now some spinning! Blimey, it does look like I've been busy over the last couple of weeks, eh? This is another 70% wool/30% silk noil blend in soft pinks, 100g. It's taken on a boucle come terry-towelling look... not sure if it's my kinda yarn, so we shall see... maybe I could stripe it with some merino or something...?

This one is white merino (which is a shocker; I don't do white. Ever. We don't have any whites in the flat, not even sheets) It's plied with a pink silk yarn, and has different shades of pink silk sari threads thrown in too. There's about 90g, though still haven't got into the habit of checking the yardage of my hand spun.

Roughly 110g of Cotswold. It's hand dyed by moi too, yet silly me was too impatient to spin it and so there's no snap of the dyed roving. It's a long fibre, and was really lovely to spin, yet kept on wanting to be finer than I intended, so it was plied. I'm really chuffed with the colours of this one, hope you can see them clear enough.

And finally, that Blue Faced Leicester roving in one of the photos above, 110g I fell for this as I was spinning it, it's a total dream to work with! The colours have blended beautifully... did try this time to work the colours in their dyed sections rather than jumble them all up. Normally, I prefer spinning from carded fibres as you get those organic lumps and bumps, but this stuff has definitely sold me on tops & rovings. It's divine. As far as soft fibres go, this beats Merino anyday.

Well, a major catch up complete! Can't believe how much there is of it... I mean, ok, it looks a lot but the dyeing is easy; self sufficient and you let it do it's stuff whilst pottering around with something else. As far as the spinning goes, I am seeing an improvement with the finer yarns in terms of consistency. I did have this skill years ago, when I worked on my first wheel, yet the spinning drill is a completely different ball game. This gadget suits the textured and novelty yarns much better; it's too racey and impatient for 'proper', neat & even yarns. Considering this, I'm chuffed with what's been produced of late, particuarly the Blue Faced Leicester.

I wonder how the Hitch-Hiker will serve me? My first wheel was an Ashford Traditional, which my mum now has, and it's gentle and patient. I reckon the Hitch-Hiker will be more like a Louet... quick and robust... we shall see (soon!)

AuthorWoolly Wormhead