Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Yarn From Last Week's Dye Day

I left the Library early one day last week to have a "Dye Day". My co-workers suggested I come up with a new name/phrase as an alternative to me saying "I'm dyeing on Wednesday." or "Sunday is Dye Day". They also feel it is a bit disconcerting to hear me say the reason my cuticles are green, blue, fuchsia etc. is because I dyed yesterday. [smile]

The balls in the photo are all approximately 44o yards fingering weight wool. This wool is from Corriedale type sheep and is pretty soft and felts great. I think each skein is enough yardage for a pair of socks or a scarf.

There are ten more skeins waiting to be finished this weekend and I will post photos of them next week. I hope to have at least three dozen skeins of various weights ready for the Greencastle show.

Tomorrow I'm ordering sock yarn that is superwash wool with a little nylon added to the mix.

My inventory has a dozen skeins of worsted weight wool and half of it is already dyed.The worsted weight is approximately 220 yards so I am dyeing those two at a time so there will hopefully be enough of similar colorways to make a project. There are two skeins waiting for the ball winder I think would make a awesome felted bag .
.. photos coming soon.

The next order will be more of the Merino/silk blend. It comes out very soft with just a little sheen. One of my favorites!

If the weather warms up enough before the show I really want to do some Indigo dyeing, yarn and Shibori. I saw on the Fiber Event workshop list a class will be offered in Shibori so it would be neat to have a few pieces available. I have planned to have some ready for market and the fall Quilt Guild show we are vending in November. Praying for above 65 degree days so I can get the Indigo vat going.

We are still requesting prayers for Angela's health. She was
diagnosed with viral pneumonia on January 17th and is still sick. This is too much for anyone but if you have all the other health issues that Ange has it's very serious. I'm still having coughing spells and feeling snarfy so if you want to add me to your prayers I would appreciate it too!

Better get a wiggle on. I have to go to Bloomington to pickup a gift certificate for a friend's birthday. It comes from a greenhouse and is my traditional gift to her. I was in Bloomington last Saturday but forgot to get it. Last Saturday it wasn't raining like crazy. @@

~ Penny ~

P.S. Picking up the new chicks tomorrow!!


Sunny said...

You are too funny! I appreciate the dyeing your own yarn as my DD in Pennsylvania has been to a yarn dyeing day and told me all about it. Your colors are beautiful!

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. It is so nice being in touch with others who are also creatively minded.
Have a blessed weekend!

Old Jail Artist said...

The colors are really scrumptious. Someday I'd like to do some dyeing with you, but things are so busy right now.

I'm so sorry to hear Angela is sick; I'll add her to my church's prayer list this morning. Give her my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

People can be so funny, can't we? -grin- Your yarn and dye jobs are lovely, well done!
You and Angela are tucked into prayer; I hate hearing about the pneumonia.

Connie said...

I love the photo of your wound yarn, it's just so so pretty. Well done!

Laura-IH said...

Oh, Penny! Your yarn is gorgeous! It looks so soft! I hope you and Angela are both feeling better!