This is my first year participating in the Tour De Fleece festivities. First I made some goals.
I will dye my own fiber this year. (I have never dyed before)
I will spin up my home dyed fiber
I will work with wools I haven't spun before
I will improve my long draw
I will experiment with diffierent plying methods
I will have fun
First I had to pick which fibers I would dye and how I would do it. It's too hot to go outside so I am gonna go Kool Aid for dying. It's cheap and non toxic. And the fiber...oh, the possibilities
I picked Polworth 8 oz, Corriedale 8 oz, Cheviot 8 oz, Wensleydale 8 oz
I dyed the polworth in a 3 qt crock pot in 2 oz bunches.
The first pic is ion the crockpot, I used purple and green Kool Aid, the second pic is my roving dying and the third is it navajo plied. I am calling it The Joker. It weighs 2 oz and is 80 yds. Below is the other 6 oz Polworth.
I was playing with my dying formula and method and trying to get it right when Gracie asked how come I don't used the giant crock pot I use to cook two turkeys at once at Thanksgiving. LOVE THAT CHILD! I had forgotten all about it. Now it was on. I could dye 8oz at once with no trouble.
This is 8 oz Corriedale
8 oz Cheviot
I call it Fresh Mango
And now I am working on the Wensleydale
It's hot outside, my ac has been broken all weekend and I should be a dreadful mess but I am having so much fun it's not as bad as it would be without all this fiber.
I'll add more pics later