Tag Archive | Spinning

Spinning hand-dyied wool first experience

So a friend showed me how to dye wool with food dye, and it was messy and pretty and fun and I managed to get this beautiful gradient. It does leak color a bit, but I hope I’ll get better at it with time.

I used 45g of white Cheviot, and spun it with my basic spindle in a few days and got about 170m of yarn (roughly 185 yards).

Because it’s not much, and I didn’t want to loose the gradient, I kept it as a single. But now I don’t really know what to knit with it. Any thoughts ?

Have you ever tried dying wool ? Do you prefer dying fibers then spinning it, or dying skeins of yarn ?

Spinning project : The sylven elves of Mirkwood

I’m not very good at keeping up with chronology. Instead of publishing each FO, I just randomly pick up projects and write about them here.

I started this spinning project yesterday. I heard a very sad news, and I started spinning to keep anxiety at bay. I chose to spin Massan wool and I addded a bit of a green mix. I’ll write a whole haul post about the fiber I bought, but maybe it would be more interesting to also review each of them, so I’m not rushing it.

I’m a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and of the Hobbit. Yes, I might be one of the very few people who actually enjoyed those movies so much they even have the extended edition of the battle of the five armies. Never enough dwarves, you know. Because of epilepsy, I can’t spend much time on screens, so I watch them bits by bits and it’s always a joy to go back to these sceneries.

In the book, I really liked the forest. Somehow, I think it had an heavy influence on this yarn. I didn’t decide that I was going to do an elvish yarn, it just came up this way. It means a lot both in reality and in fiction.

White can represent both the spiders cocoons and the winter we are leaving. For some reason, white has always been the color of death for me.

Green can represent the color of the sylven elves, but also the spring, and hope for a better future.

Anyway, here it is for now.

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Those are singles. I don’t know if I should tie them together and go for an andine bracelet or if I should twist them together. Given that I didn’t weight nor mesure them. And that I love it so much I’d love to have more quantity to maybe be able to knit something with it.

And, of course, some sylven elves. And dwarves, and spiders.