I dyed some Merino top for a hat for my son, Seb, who has a bright blue microtherm down jacket that he likes to wear. He asked me to add some black and gray so that he could also wear it with his black wool peacoat. So I dyed this using a medium blue dye, and three different strengths of the black dye solution (full, half and quarter strength). I've been spinning this into a soft singles on my Greensleeves spindle, which I recently discovered is a Mastiff and not a Lady Barbara like I had previously thought. I talked with Elizabeth, who creates the lovely spindles on her lathe, about my spindle and she mentioned that due to its weight, around 50 g, that it is a Mastiff. I just custom ordered a new spindle-oh, happy day!-a Katherine's Cup, with a whorl made out of claro walnut and a shaft of bird's eye maple. I can hardly wait to see it and to use it :-) Thanks Marshall for an awesome Christmas gift! If you're interested in learning more about spinning with a spindle, you might want to read Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont. She does a great job of covering the subject in depth.
Speaking of hats, do you remember me posting about the turquoise/blue fiber that I had been spinning for a last minute Christmas gift for someone?
I decided to spin another ball of cream Merino to ply with this yarn, but once I had finished spinning this it just felt too quiet to me. It needed more color, so I took my liquid blue food coloring, squirted around ten drops of that into a small microwaveable container along with a glog of vinegar (no, this isn't scientific, is it?) and four cups of water. I placed the skein of Merino into this turquoise dye solution and zapped it in my microwave. Why did it take me so long to try food coloring for dyeing wool/fiber?? It's such an easy way to add color without the hassle of working with the dried dye powder. I just finished knitting up the hat and I don't think that the recipient reads my blog, so I'm safe to share this with you. Here's the handspun beanie with the amount of color variation that I wanted.
The other night I noticed this sunset and just had to go outside to snap a photo before the light changed.
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,