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Dug out a load of leftover dyestuffs that needed using, over the last few weeks. Results have been fun!


Silk and BFL wool, natural dyed with lac and logwood extracts

Merino dyed using the leftover dyes from the above - candyfloss!


Merino and BFL wools, dyed with random chemical dyes I had mixed up a while back and needed using up. Better results than I'd imagined, considering...


Stuff from a session a few weeks back:



BFL wool, merino wool, seacell and silk all natural dyed with chlorophyll extract (and some turmeric with the silk and seacell)


Shetland wool and silk dyed with beetroot, onion and ivy natural dyes


Shetland wool yarn

Date: 2016-10-04 09:12 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
Lovely colours!

I wish I could touch and feel the yarn as well. I can see the texture in the photos and there is so much variety.

Date: 2016-10-05 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tictactoepony.livejournal.com
happy to spin some into yarn for you, if you wish! (though the beet and ivy silk has since been spun by someone else :) )

Date: 2016-10-06 09:56 am (UTC)
ext_15862: (Judith)
From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
Oooh!

Seriously tempted. I have promised myself to be good and only ask for yarn that I will actually use as opposed to put in a drawer and drool over.

Sooo. What do I actually use yarn for:

1. Socks - That is typically 4-ply. (I'm getting pretty good at adapting patterns, so I can probably cope with the natural variation that comes with hand spun, but it would need to be something close to 4 ply)

2. Tablet weaving - this needs a yarn that can stand a lot of abrasion. The warp threads are the ones that show in the final work (the weft gets hidden), and the warp threads get cards pushed along them with every shuttle pass. Given that tablet weaving goes way back in history, it's clear that some hand spun must have worked for this. I'm guessing that you may know what the best technique is for making really strong, hard to fray yarn.
I've had an idea for using multi-coloured yarn for tablet weaving that could look really great.

3. There might be other things, but realistically they are years down the line when I have time to knit bigger items and my granddaughter grows slow enough for me to finish things for her before she outgrows them.

So, if you can spin sock yarn or something hard to fray, then I'd love to take you up on your offer. My choice of yarn would depend on which you can spin. I also need to think about quantity. What weight would they spin to?

What would I owe you?

Date: 2016-10-06 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tictactoepony.livejournal.com
Sock yarn is entirely do-able (and would be my 1st choice anyway for many of these), I usually aim for a 4-ply equivalent that is actually spun as 3 plies.
I'd recommend the wools instead of the silks (due to the properties of the fibres) - I have already started fluffing out the blue-faced leicester that's purple and dark pink above but not started spinning yet. The 2 purple and green wools would do well.
The chlorophyll natural greens could as well, but have had issues with that dye rubbing off on hands and knitting needles.

100g of each of these (I always dye enough for socks or gloves!), just let me know which you prefer... :)
You could if you wish email me:
tictactoepony at gmail.com

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