Yesterday the weather was nice and I felt like playing with color, so I set up my dyeing supplies to dye some wool.
I pulled a box of clean Rambouillet wool out of the attic, found the bag of just washed white alpaca and I was ready to go. I started soaking the wool and alpaca in a weak acid solution while I set up my camp stove and other dyeing supplies.
My youngest son, Seb, has a new down jacket that's bright blue, so I placed some wool plus alpaca in a shallow chafing pan on my Coleman camp stove along with an inch or two of water and vinegar, then brought that up to 190°F( 88°C) in order to use the hot pour method of dyeing. I poured some bright blue dye solution across the fiber, then did the same with royal blue and then finally bright blue mixed with black. I simmered that for 30 minutes and then let it come to room temperature before draining it.
For the next batch I used dye solutions in burnt orange, spruce green, brown, and a forest green that I made by blending emerald green plus violet. This combination should be one that my husband will like since he has a forest green jacket and a burnt orange fleece that he loves to wear.
Finally, I found a bag of BFL-Bluefaced Leicester-wool roving that I had purchased months ago to create handspun/hand knit socks. I debated for some time about colors that I wanted to work with and finally I decided to go with bright blue, turquoise, navy blue, and chartreuse. Do you find yourself craving certain colors? I seem to be in a turquoise/bright blue phase right now.
My fiber is now out in my driveway drying in the sunshine. Now and then I'll go outside to flip it over so that it will dry faster. Well, to be honest, I go out in order to stare at the fiber and dream about what I'm going to make this fall and winter, because dreaming about fiber is half of the fun.
I can hardly wait for it to be dry so that I can play with it :-) Sweet anticipation.
I'm off to watch some football while weaving on my towels. Ah, the best of both worlds!
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,