And the fifth unfinished project, I can't seem to remember for the life of me! So of the five projects I chose to get outside (the weather has finally warmed up!) with this dyeing kit and try it out.
Here is a skein of sock yarn that was the result of playing with my blue and yellow dyes. This is by far my favorite so far, I named it Mermaid's Tears. I just love it!
And a close-up to see the colors better...This roving was the result of working with yellow and black. The green does not photograph well at all, but it is the most luscious absinthe green! I was very surpised with the green, I thought I was working with brown until it dried. I think I will call it "Forest Glade".
And this the the sock yarn I dyed the same way. I call it Burnt Lipstick.
I really wish I could take a better picture, none of these photos shows the true beauty of the colors. The yarn above is actually much redder.
I have now started working with 3 of my four dye colors at a time, and chosen the steamer method as the way to go. My first 3-color combination was red, blue and yellow, and here is the sock yarn I dyed. I called it Migrant Worker because it reminded me of the orange pickers in their denim jackets I saw in Florida, but Gary said that probably wasn't a good name. We decided to call it Orange Picker.
And here is a close-up.
On Saturday I visited the annual Fiber Frolic at the Windsor Fairgrounds. I came home with more dyes! I hadn't yet figured out out to make brown, so I bought Chestnut. Also some other colors to try. I bought some pure alpaca to spin and dye, and some bamboo/merino blend and a merino/silk blend that are already dyed. I had a great time looking at all the spinning wheels and seeing the sheep, goats, and alpacas.
Now I think I need to go buy some more plain white sock yarn...
Oh, and the ruined steamer? I went to buy a new one at Wal-Mart and couldn't find one, I tried Target also, no steamers. As a last resort I went to the Goodwill store and found a used one for $5! Were steamers just a fad? Don't people buy them anymore? I don't know but I love mine. How else would you steam asparagus? Hmmm...