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Monday, September 25, 2006

More fleece, different mordant

So here is the same dye but with a copper sulphate mordant:-

(Again you can click to get a better photo). I'm amazed at the difference in colour, I have to be honest and say that I prefer yesterday's offerings, but this is lovely in it's subtlety (spelling?) The colour has come out a little more even, probably due to me having remembered to pre-soak the fleece (I was not built to do things that need thinking about in advance! so this fleece soaked whilst the first lot was dyed yesterday!)

Finally a plea to any knitters out there. Dear Sister has fallen in love with Josephine and so I'd like to make it for her for Christmas (it's not a surprise so no probs putting it here!) Now the yarn is 9sts on 10mm needles (actually knitted to 10.5sts on 7.5mm needles but presumably that's to keep it a bit firmer and stop too much bagging) But I'm having the devil's own job finding anything to make it in that doesn't cost the earth.

It needs 1.2kg or 1200m of yarn. So any ideas anyone?????

. . . . . . . Or does anyone know of a similar pattern in a yarn that's more readily available (practically and economically!!!!) Someone has made one in Cascade Eco Wool which I could probably get hold of with a bit of airmail postage(!) but that tension is a fair way out so I'm not sure how she managed to get it to work, or whether she just used the pattern as a starting block and designed it from there herself?! If the world was a perfect place I'd find a superwash wool or merino that knitted to the tension - but I don't think the world's that perfect!!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Can't wait 'til tomorrow

. . . . . . . . . To show you my lovely fleece!!!!

Only one photo cos the camera batteries went flat. The colours don't show up as lovely as they are IRL. But it gives you a clue. (especially if you click on it and get the bigger version) Please excuse the green netting - it's what I wrapped it in to do an impersonation of a salad spinner - you had to be there!!! LOL

Beginning to dye

(Hope no-one reads that as beginning to die - I could get all sorts of weird comments)

I decided to have a fleece weekend this weekend, and wanted to play with some natural dyes. I've never used them before and have loads of fleece that I got rather over exuberant about last year, so have started with a mordant of Chrome something or other ..ate, (my chemistry teacher would be so proud of me)! follwed by a dye of brazilwood.

It's all still in the boiler thing "doing it" as the water hasn't cooled yet, but here is a photo progress. . . . .
Fleece in mordant of Chrome something.

Fleece in dye of brazilwood. This was taken a few hours ago, and the water has got a lot darker since, but the fleece is a stunning rose colour. Will try to take piccies tomorrow or soon of fleece.