I can dye a rainbow

So I’ve had a very happy weekend playing with yarn. I had some left over (I hope, it’s from my Rams and Yowes throw which isn’t actually finished…) handspun shetland that was just shouting to be part of my dyeing experiment. I made up equal quantities of yellow, blue and red and then mixed them in various quantities (9:3 red and yellow, 6:6 red and yellow, 3:9 red and yellow and so forth) until I had 12 different mixtures.

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I dyed a little skein of yarn in each colour and look!

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Beautiful! Do you know what it reminds me of? Can you remember getting one of those packs of felt tips when you were little and then spending hours arranging the colours? It’s like being 8 again, I think dyeing is definitely the way forward….

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As you can see, it wasn’t a complete success, the dye uptake wasn’t even and the graduation between the shades wasn’t exactly as I had hoped for but I have learnt some lessons for next time.
Ok so as well as dyeing, I have been doing a little spinning. Remember that fleece I dyed? Well yesterday evening was spent spinning it, just quickly as I want a ‘rustic’ looking Aran/chunky weight yarn. My plan is to knit a hat in time for Woolfest next weekend.

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Let me say that again….for Woolfest next weekend!! Yes, we are planning to go. It is my first time and I am so excited. It will be quite a journey as we have a drive of about 350 miles, with 2 dogs and then plan to camp…all on top of me supposedly managing my M.E and fibromyalgia. It is not exactly the best plan but sometimes I allow my stubbornness to take over and go against what I know is ‘best’ for me. But that’s human.

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