Dyes and blends

Last weekend, I was peeking into the fiber storage bins and came across a partial fleece that I had forgotten about. It’s a naturally colored Corriedale – chocolate brown with silver fibers, slightly bleached tips, almost VM free (from a covered animal). I bought it years ago, scoured it, and put it away.

Isn’t it just gorgeous? Here’s a closeup of a single lock:

I think the final weight was a little over a pound. I didn’t want to card it myself, but it seemed somewhat wasteful to send fiber out for processing when the total weight was that low. I dug up some bleached tussah silk for blending. (Remember I said I was soaking silk last weekend for a dye session?)

One rarely sees the combination of brown and pink in roving (I hope it’s not because that’s a vomitous combination!), and Valentine colors were sort of strong in my mind. I didn’t exactly want the classic carnation pink and thought I’d tone the pink down with purples. This was dyed in the turkey roaster, mostly by sprinkling dye powders, although I did use some of the old dyestocks that I have gadding about in the laundry room. I used Washfast acid dyes and citric acid, the colors include Deep Red, Raspberry Sorbet, Mulberry, and some kind of purple (sorry, I forgot!).

Before the photo session, I drafted the top a little, otherwise it looked like a wet cat. I am really happy with how this turned out – even though I bumped my hand when I was pouring the dyestock and dumped a big bolus of purple in the middle of the roaster.

The wool and silk will be carded together into roving – the final ratio is about 80/20 (OK, for you bean counters out there, it’s 78/22). Altogether, it’s almost 2 lbs of fiber, so even with carding waste, I’ll get enough back for an adult-size project. I’m sending this to the guys at Wooly Knob – they did a really nice job with the last stuff I sent them, and for once, I think I need their long turnaround time.

Next up in the destashing, I have 2 pristine balls of Reynolds Odyssey, plus ~32 g of a leftover ball. The reason the leftover is in a plastic baggie is because when I was knitting from it, it was exposed to cats. The other 2 were taken out of the original bag only for photographing and thus are as cat-free as anything can be in my house.

ETA – Yarn has sold

The yarn forms subtle stripes as it is knit. I think this should be sufficient yardage for a pair of fingerless mitts, a hat, or even a pair of (smallish?) mittens. According to Webs, the yarn retails for $9.95/ball. How ’bout we say $12 for the whole thing, and I’ll pay first-class shipping in the US?

I also tried weaving on a very small scale last year. I don’t think I ever talked about it because I was not excited about the project. In any case, my uninterest is your gain!

ETA – Looms have sold

This is a Hazel Rose Loom Tiny Weaver set. They are very similar to Weavette looms. This handmade set retails for $39.95 plus shipping (my receipt from March 2006 shows $49.13). I made 3 squares using this tutorial and decided it was not for me. I have some good “practice yarn” – 100% wool, worsted weight singles, pretty colors, but scratchy as hell – I will throw in a bit of that so you don’t have to sacrifice any yarn while you figure out how to weave. I’ll let this go for $30 and split the USPS priority mail shipping cost with you.

10 thoughts on “Dyes and blends

  1. Hi,

    I skimmed your blog, and did not see an email address. (Does not mean is is not there, just that I may be dense!!) Anyway, I am interested in the yarn and looms. My stepdaughter is always looking for arts and crafts projects, and they seem to fit the bill! katrynkaatgmaildotcom in case the comment does not show you my email!

  2. I’ll be keen to see what the pink/brown looks like, I had some pink/purple silk that was the twin to that and it will be interesting to see if I could have done better things with it than spin it as it was.

  3. I’m really intrigued by the brown corrie/pink silk blending – can’t wait to see it. I’m glad you’ve been happy with Wooly Knob. I have close to 10 pounds of corrie that I need to send out. It will never get carded otherwise.

  4. Hmm. I’ve seen brown and pink somewhere and it worked. I think it was suri alpaca. The brown was a rich chocolate like Georgia, so that’s close to your Corriedale. The pink was a variegated colorway with purples. I’m trying to remember, though, if it was blended as roving or two strands worked together. I just remember it working very well.

  5. Congratulations on your baby! So happy for you. Loved the color combinations of the pink/brown on that die job. Can you send me your email address again. Thanks, Bonny

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