Thursday, September 8, 2011

Adventure in greens

With the nicer weather we had, I got tempted
to do some dyeing. First my two big skeins.
It turned out that I didn't have enough dark brown for this amount of wool and decided to dye brown first and then add dark green.
The result is what I like, lots of variations of the colours.
This will be socks, I look forward to knitting socks!
(but need to be good and finish my vest first :-)

The camera seems to see more blue than green, I tried shade outside, daylight inside, in the sunshine and overcast outside and I can not get it to bring out the green.
Maybe when the socks are knitted it will show up better.

I dyed a synthetic "bubbly" wool in pale greens,
which I look forward to use in my tapestry.

Because lots of greens are needed for my current tapestry I decided to dye some silk. My first ever attempt!
These are silk cocoons
(without any prior inhabitants :)!

I love spinning cocoons, they give a lovely textured silk and the beauty of it is that the inside of the cocoon is lighter in colour than the outside. Ideal to get lovely variegated yarn.
Lots of fun!

I also got some Throwsters Waste given to me.
I haven't tried spinning this before, but hope it will turn out interesting.

And here is some silk top. I am happy with the colour variations! This is Tussah silk.

In the meantime the weather has turned back to cold, - it is raining on and off, - the ideal weather to sit cosy inside and spin up all this lovely silky stuff to have it ready for weaving soon.