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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Dyeing experiment

A couple of years ago I took a dyeing workshop taught by Merike Saarnit at Stitches Camp. It was tons of fun! We played like a roomful of kindergarten kids and our class sorta bonded. Since Stitches camp is going to be held at Lake Junaluska, NC again this year with Merike as one of the instructors, one member of the class e-mailed everyone to try to get us to return.
Now, it would be fun but there are just too many new and different events still to try--Maryland Sheep & Wool, John C Campbell Folk School, and Convergence, to name a few. However, her e-mail did get me thinking about dyeing. I had some Corriedale top laying around and so I thought I'd try my hand with that and see what happened. It's certainly not in the same league as "real" handpainters, but I'm pretty happy with it.

Here's a shot of it as it's being spun. It measures 41 wpi and I'm trying to produce a single which isn't too overtwisted since I'm thinking of knitting Hazel Carter's Tempelhof Airlifter shawl with it. The color makes me think of flying off into the wild blue yonder.


At 11:06 AM, Blogger Angela said...

Gorgeous stuff - where on earth did you find Corriedale top?

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Marlene said...

I think you can consider yourself a "real" handpainter! That is the most beautiful blues variation I have seen. Your spinning is gorgeous too.

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Lisa S said...

Oh, gorgeous. Congratulations. Your spinning is fabulous...another person whose hem I must touch. :o)

At 3:30 PM, Blogger jenknits said...

Oh my, that is beautiful spinning and dyeing! Just lovely - and it will look great in the Tempelhof airlifter shawl!

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Robin said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I love the soft colors!

At 7:41 PM, Blogger June said...

Man! Vicki your spinning and dyeing is literally to die for! That color is fab -U- lous!


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