On Sunday afternoon we watched the Social Dilemma on Netflix. Immediately after I switched off notifications for most apps on my phone and iPad, I set 30 min limits on Instagram and Facebook and was determined to stop checking my phone and tablet so much….By Thursday night I had:
- finished knitting a sock
- cut out pre-felt, laid out the fibres and felted 4 x 20cm shades and 4 x 25cm shades
- constructed 3 lampshades and dropped them at the shop
- needle felted a landscape picture ornament
- needle felted 5 wool baubles for decorating
- made 14 fairy heads
- did all the dyeing detailed below
- Plus I’d done all the laundry and some committee admin jobs.
Boy, it’s amazing how much I can get done when I’m not on my phone or iPad. If you aren’t impressed yet, just see how much dyeing I did in one day.
On Wednesday I thought I’d see if I could combine dyeing fibres and yarn at the same time as felting some lampshades…the kitchen looked like a bomb site all day but I did get an amazing amount done in one day!
I started off dyeing myself a Christmas self-striping sock yarn. Earlier in the week I had made a huge looped sock yarn around some chairs and a peg, tied it in numerous places around the loop.
I then filled 2 pans with 1.5 litres of water and in one I put red dye and in the other green. After heating for about 30 mins I left it to cool, then washed, rinsed and hung to dry. I did do a slight fade section on both colours with the small amount of undyed I had left in the middle. The idea being it will be red, white, green, white stripes, with the coloured stripes thicker. Well that’s was the theory, in reality I’ll be surprised if I get a full row in white, but we shall see!
Next up was dyeing fibre in landscape colours for using in future lampshades etc. Plus dyeing my BritSpin fibre. Here’s what I dyed:
- North Ronaldsay fibre, these are the famous seaweed eating sheep so it seemed perfect for dyeing 50g in Shell (for beaches) and 50g Lichen (for moss, seaweed etc)
- Corriedale lots of different batches of sky, sea and grass colours, using the colours Tasman, Opal, Ice, Fern, Wattle and Marine
- Border Leicester fibre from Doulton Border Leicester Yarn in Wild Raspberry with some mixed with Wombat. I braided the fibre first to leave some white sections.
Most of my dyes are Kraftkolor Landscape Dyes.
Overall I would say it was a successful day. Having the felting to do meant I wasn’t standing around impatiently waiting for the water to heat or the dyeing process to take its time or the pots to cool. I had 2 pots on the go at the same time and was felting lampshades or constructing some.
On Wednesday, when I did eventually check my phone, I saw that a lady had bought one of the lampshades I had dropped off earlier!
So what’s the plan for today? Constructing the remaining shades and some fairy making. This has been a productive week for sure.