Dye Day November 2008

So, I have now tried dyeing roving.

Some of my Wed. night knitting friends had the idea to have a “Dye Day” where we could all get together and dye yarn and/or roving. This was a great idea, and lots of fun. We were able to share ideas, help each other, and learn from watching what others did.

Most of my friends used Kool Aid to dye yarn, or Easter Egg dyes, or food coloring. I brought Jacquard acid dyes and used them to dye some corriedale cross roving.

So here is my roving before I dyed it, soaking in a pot of water (a necessary pre-dyeing step):

Soaking undyed roving 2

And here is the end result, photo taken on Tuesday Nov. 25th (yarn was dyed on Sat. Nov. 22nd, and rinsed on Sun. Nov. 23rd, and finished drying on Mon. Nov. 24th):

Dried, braided, first Roving

Here’s a description of the process and more pics…

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Here are two blog posts that I want to remember to check out later, explaining various drafting techniques used in spinning and what they are good for.



Here’s a blog post with instructions on how to make your own little carry-along storage/organizer for your knitting needles. Someone in my Knit Night group made it. I’ve only seen pictures so far, but it looks really cute and very well-designed and useful.
knitting needle roll tutorial

Talk about a cross between a spinning wheel and a spindle. The Mother Marion Spindle/Wheel is supported so you don’t have to worry about dropping the spindle if you stop the spinning. Here’s a demo video from YouTube:

Also, this looks great, too. Spindolyns. Also a type of supported spindle. Smaller and more compact (by far) than the Mother Marion above.

Here’s the video:

A friend Raveler mentioned these on the forums today. I want both! Heheh. But I suppose I will pick just one to start and maybe get more things later…

Spindling Resources

Here’s a nice selection of links for spinning resources from an article in someone else’s blog:

Spindling Resources

(That’s the title of the article… seems to me it should be “spinning resources”, but whatever… lol)

I must say I am exposed to a vile group of spinners on Wednesday nights, who wield an unholy power over me that bends me to their will. Hahah. Or something like that.

Well, just a few months ago (4? or so?) I thought I’d never spin, and yet here I am spinning wool roving into yarn:

First Attempt at Spinning

I received my shipment of roving and my spindle on Saturday, Sept. 20th. And so on Sat, Sun and today (Mon) I’ve sat down and spun for upwards of 30 minutes. The picture above was taken on Saturday after my first hour or so of spinning.

I’m beginning to become more comfortable with the process. I bought this Corriedale pencil roving from Cown Mountain Farms. It is their  Novalis colorway. The roving I received is not as light as that shown on the Crown Mountain website. There are no “almost yellows” in it. Still, I am enjoying this colorway very much. It’s almost hypnotizing working with it. It is casting a spell over me. I’m in love with it.

My yarn is rather thick. Probably Aran weight or so. It is not smooth nor even/consistent. There are thicker and thinner parts. I’m not sure if I will ply this. The first two nights I had considerable trouble with the roving breaking, but tonight I spun for about 40 minutes or so, and didn’t break the roving at all. I think I’m getting a bit more courage to play with the roving and stretch it out, spread it out, and thin it a bit before I spin it.

Well, I will keep on keeping on with this. I’m lucky to have support of friends on Wednesday nights who have experience with this, or are traveling on a similar journey. 🙂

Dyeing yarns?

OK, so I’m definitely not interested in spinning yarn. I’d rather just buy it and be able to get started with the knitting. But sometimes the idea of being able to choose the color or patterns of color seems a bit appealing. So here are some resources I’ve found for dyeing… I might actually want to try this some time?

First of all, KnitPicks.com is offering something new called Sock Blanks which are stockinette knit undyed swatches that you then dye yourself and knit socks (or whatever?) from those. KnitPicks also offers dyes, videos and other resources on how to dye. From the KnitPicks podcast the recommendation for the book Color Sense by Susan Levin was offered. The podcast indicates that she offers lots of suggestions on choosing color combinations and such, plus a color wheel in the back and many examples.

Here are some websites I found that offer picture-tutorials on dyeing yarn:

Hand Painted (aka space dyed) Cotton Yarn

How to Hand Paint Roving & Yarn…

Dyed in the wool (from Knitty.com)