On Thursday I thought I would give dyeing a go! I had the very disappointing ethereal ether yarn I had spun that I thought I could brighten up, plus I have bought 100g of White 56’s English wool top to practice. This is a blend of (56?) different breeds of English sheep, so relatively cheap wool.
I picked two colours, and as it happens two different makes. Ashford wool dye in Hot Pink and KraftKolour Landscape dye in Opal. No idea how they’d blend or work together. I didn’t measure or weigh anything, just ploughed straight in and gave it a go.
And turned this…
I loved the colours so much I then pulled off some of the wool tops and popped those in the pot too, with random knots.
Once I have spun this I will post the finished yarn, but so far I am pretty happy with it…for a first attempt.
What I have learned
- Don’t just get a pair of rubber gloves out…put them on before taking off any lids! Yep, I have a pink thumb and forefinger!!
- Dyeing is fun, but a bit smelly as I used some white vinegar
- Worst case, the ethereal ether could still be spun and then I can just dye it all with the pink and blue…unless I think of something to wet felt with it.
- Patience is a virtue that I don’t possess, I couldn’t stop checking on the fibre…once it is dry I will see if it has felted with all my checking on it and re-knotting. I need a movie or something on to distract me next time.