Change of Plans

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I took somewhat of a departure today.

You know, last year on the tour, I made it about spinning fluff that I had a lack of interest spinning. The goal was to just press through it for the duration of the tour. It was grueling work spinning a bunch of fluff that I had had on the back burner. Come to think of it, it was probably more mental than anything else. I mean, we’re spinning with the bicyclists in France.  They work hard, so we work hard. Well, I was content to push through again this year. I was until I got that skein done yesterday! It was like a drug! After that little taste of an FO, I did some blog hopping and came across some beautifully spun fluff on r1, k1 (go see it-it’s awesome!). I was SO stash envious! But I couldn’t think of any fluff  that I had on hand to make it happen. So, today, I decided to go dye something. I went to my stash (the undyed stash that I built for color emergencies), and while I was looking, I found some of the fluff I had forgotten that I had bought from MDSW. I nearly somersaulted!

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Score! Isn’t that purdy? :)

I still decided to go ahead and use some Kool-Aid to dye a 4-ounce bag of English Shetland wool that I had from Three Waters Farm.

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This time I tried to make the color more potent than some of my previous attempts (like this one). I have had some personal successes, but they were more like happy accidents. They were not really purposeful in intent, really. I finally got it through my head that after the pre-soak, to get the color to have more saturation, I had to use less water when I mixed and maybe up the Kool-Aid. Because it was already pre-soaked and sufficiently damp throughout, adding even more liquid without compensating with more color was only going to give me washed out colors if I didn’t overdo it, in a sense, with the color. That was my logic anyway. For these colors, I generally used for every 4-5 ounces of water, 1 pack of Kool-Aid. I was going for a red/lime green/blue combo that maybe faded into oranges and blue greens where they touched. For the pre-soak, I know I didn’t need to add it, but I added some vinegar anyway. Kool-Aid is acidic enough by itself. But, you know, curiosity and the cat. It is what it is, lol.

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I could already see in the steamer pot where some of the excess red and blue had gotten to each other…Note to self: I’ll need to make that strip of lime green a little longer next time, maybe (or sop up more of the excess color that slides out of the plastic as I wrap it up).

Back to the spin. I bounced back and forth between the two today…

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It was looking good! This is merino tencel, so it’s a bit shiny and it’s pretty slick. I love it!

When the dye had set and I gave it a bath, I spun it through the salad spinner for a bit. Girl Child was really interested in that bit of the process. She took over after a bit, lol. Once the water content died down, this is what we got.

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Hmm. That’s pretty potent! I kinda like it! :)  But it was still slightly damp. Sometimes the coloring seems to lighten up after it dries. So, I set it outside in the sun to see if it would dry faster. Girl Child wanted out anyway.

Back to the spinning. I started the second bobbin, thinking I’d probably spin a 2-ply with a chain-ply for the leftovers.

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I’m appreciating that bike more and more everyday. ;)

And, the results…

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I like these! No idea what I’m going to make of them. But I did notice the 2-ply might be nice for a warp if I wanted to weave with it. It’s pretty strong.pace010

And here’s the Kool-Aid dye job all dry. I think that’s going to be fun! And I have something interesting to add to the  What A Kool Way to Dye Group on Ravelry! If you’ve never seen that group and all the hotness they conjure up with a simple pack of Kool-Aid, just flip through the group gallery.

So, that’s what’s going on. And I think I’m changing the plan for this tour. I just want to have some fun! Can you tell?

Comments

  1. Beautiful yarn and beautiful dyeing. I’m so happy you are having fun. :-)

  2. Beautiful.

  3. I’m a member of that group. I love looking at everybody’s amazingness. Your yarn looks beautiful and your rainbow fiber looks great. It’s going to be so pretty when it’s spun up.

    • Thanks, Cleo! Don’t you love that group? The color combinations are gorgeous! There is a spot in there where they show you what different combos look like when mixed up. One of these days, I am going to try the recipes to dye something. For now, I just play kitchen scientist, lol. The objective is to get it done and get the evidence cleaned up before the mister gets in ;) or Girl Child starts in on it :S. Boy Child kind of shrugs it off, lol.

  4. It looks delicious!

  5. A salad spinner! Brilliant! I’m going to have to get one of those haha. I can’t wait to see that spun up :)

  6. I cannot wait to see that spun up! I love love love what you finished spinning, too. Lovely lovely jobs!

    • Thank you, Allie! I can’t wait either, but I have to wait on this particular fluff at the moment because Girl Child keeps putting it in the salad spinner. I let her help me dry it yesterday, so now she just wants to keep helping. I really don’t know what I’m going to do with all this helping these days, LOL! I give her a finished skein to twirl in there, but when I turn my back, she takes it out and puts this one in there. o.O Think I’m going to see if she wants to help clean floors tomorrow. ;) But, I am so happy with the colors, I could pinch myself!

  7. The colours look good enough to eat!

  8. I’m loving those colours. We don’t have Kool Aid here in England. I wonder what I could use instead. I’ve never tried the dyeing but ooh it’s going to be fun when I do.

    • Well, in the group, they discuss Kool-Aid, food coloring, other kinds of colored juice drink packets (Hi-C or some other brand). There are lots of other substitutes are materials you can use in the same way. Maybe your markets there have food coloring? I’d hate for you to miss out. ;)

  9. Wow! Great colors.

    • Thank you! I like these actually. It kind of has a built-in work factor because it’s nearly a primary color composition except for that green and the mixture of that blue and red in certain touches.

  10. Awwww, I’m totally blushing over here. Thanks for the link!

    Love the colors in this post. Love the vividness of your dyeing!

    • Thanks Emily! Yeah, I loved those spins! I really need a stash enhancement spree. I’m trying to reign it while I’m looking for employment elsewhere. But, I really, REALLY need the fluff.

  11. thanks for the tip on the ravelry group – I just did my first ever dye experimenting this weekend as well – with KoolAid and the crock pot. Post will be up sometime in the next day or two with the results. :-)

    I love the pink – wow, that is lovely. And the KoolAid one is going to be really wonderful when it is spun up.

    • Oooh! I can’t wait to see it! That group is super inspiring, isn’t it? I like the crock pot too. But, I know sometimes I leave it in there too long and I dry out my yarn. I need an egg timer for that method like yesterday.

      • hmmm. I just left it in on low until the water was almost clear, then shut it off and left it over night. By morning, the water was clear, the yarn seems OK. But I will keep an eye on that in my future experiments.

      • Oh, you don’t have to worry about that just because that has been my experience. :) I was just sharing. Maybe OVERsharing…Yours may be perfectly fine! Our crock pots are probably different too. I just tend to forget things. Putting fluff in a crockpot for someone as forgetful as I can be, at times, is like the opposite of smart, lol.

      • lol – sharing is what the blogs are all about, huh?

  12. Those colors are just scrumptious! I love really saturated, bright hues like that. It’s going to make some really fun yarn!

    • I hope so! I’m not sure if it’s going straight to stash or needles. But, with these samples, I can knit a little swatch and see what’s what and decide…You know, I’m not the HUGEST fan of samples. But they’re really useful!

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