I’ve been spinning a good bit here lately. I spun up both the Whorling Tides braids and the PetuniaLu braid as well. It took me a few minutes to transition from spinning Shetland to spinning Merino but I think the WT braids turned out fabulously!
Initially I didn’t think I was going to like the PetuniaLu Madder-dyed BFL as it seemed a little stiff but honestly it spun up like a dream and I love it! I think I’m going to be ordering some more of her wool!
I’ve started on the batts that I got from WT, but I haven’t made appreciable progress on those… I’ll have photos eventually.
So being all inspired by woolie endeavors, I thought I’d try my hand a dyeing wool. So… I dug out a pack of Merino/Silk that I had bought ages ago from Little Barn and divided it in two. I only have 2 acid dyes: Christmas Red and Christmas Green that I had bought at SAFF sometime back. Ages ago we bought a crock pot for the single purpose of dyeing wool (we never use crock pots for actual cooking!) so I dusted it off and you know what? Dyeing wool is fun! Stinky… but exciting! I wasn’t sure the red was going to actually be RED as it looked icky burgundy in the water but then it miraculously turned bright Christmas red and it’s so pretty now!
The red is actually much redder and spins up like a peppermint candy. The green if very soft and glowy what with all the silk in it. I ended up making 3 batts of each on the drum carder last night with the help of both Sophie and Dandy. Beckett only wanted to turn the handle the wrong way so he didn’t get to “help” much. Sophie was fascinated with taking the batt off the drum carder and actually was very helpful.
We were having so much fun with all the carding that we decided to do a little of our Shetland too.
So anyway… I’m resisting the urge to spin the wool I dyed. M wants to use some of it for a felting project… but that red just spins so nicely and looks so very Christmasy…