Once I get the feel of a new fiber, I sometimes spin with a purpose, but usually while I'm spinning it comes to me.
Good idea! Are you old enough to remember Heloise's hints? She had thousands of uses for nylon netting. She would have loved this one, even though people didn't do much dyeing back then.
Oh, I remember Heloise. Nylon netting is inexpensive and should work out okay. It would make it so much easier to move the roving to the rinse water too.
Elaine I use the netting for cleaning locks. Make sure to get the white netting though, I found out the hard way that the red is not color fast. But I do have some pretty pale pink locks to play with.
I bought the red netting so it was easier to see the individual locks as I was using a white sheet underneath the netting at the time. I went out and bought two more yards of the netting yesterday. Trying out a new technique cleaning locks.
Elaine i'm so excited for you! Dharma has great dyes and I have their citric acid and glaubers salt as well. I read on their site that you can use their Fiber Reactive dyes on wool as well and did a test last weekend. I'll try to post a photo shortly. Which dye colors did you end up getting? Aren't they all so pretty?
Am so glad your last batches came out better! Be sure to post photos!
Today I used a plastic veggie bag for my dyeing and it worked very well... held together and kept the fiber from moving too much... the fiber looks great inspite of the dyeing process... Not the same as the nylon net, but the same principle.
I too have use the plastic veggie bags. They work very well indeed.
Guess I should keep those veggie bags...I've been throwing them out!
Christina, I got the Lilac and the Sage premetalized dyes. Cushing's Lilac looks more like a pink lilac and Dharma's looks more like a blue or purple lilac. I am planning to dye on Monday. I want to do a batch of each Lilac and Sage on Polwarth. Right now I am knitting the "Must Have Cardigan/Pattons pattern" with Aqualon Blue that I dyed. I have 24 oz Dyed and spun, ready to go. I am loving it! My mottled Aqualon Blue is showing up as highlights and lowlights in my knitting. I plan to alternate skeins as I go since I dyed 4 batches each was 6 oz. Also I saw some beautiful weaving a lady named Heidimonkey on Ravelry did with multi colored rovings. So many choices, never enough time to try it all!! LOL
Wonderful! Your dyes came out nicely. Isn't Dharma great? I saw they have a new collection of dyes that are Zombie themed! Cool! Also check out Country Classic Dyes, they have a good selection of color. So glad you're enjoying the process. It's always amazing to me to see how the projects come out. . .
aloha all! here are some 'Sunsets' for this week.
this is SUNSET SEA ALASKA in superwash merino lace yarn
and corriedale wool
and a variation of an older colorway, LIGURE SUNSET 2 in merino/silk lace yarn
and merino/tencel wool
Wow, these are pretty, especially the Mer/ten in Ligure Sunset 2.