Monday, March 1, 2010

I have pink hands!

Well I do have pink hands... should have worn gloves. LOL  I dyed up some fiber yesterday. I'm not much on the whole dyeing thing. I don't think I could ever make beautiful hand painted yarn or rovings, don't have the patience. But plunking big hunks of fiber in a pot & making it all the same color isn't so bad. And now that it's dry I can mix it all up on the drum carder. Hey, that's why I got the drum carder! :) 

I got a starter dye kit of Greener Shades dye from Blue Mountain Handcrafts. So yesterday I broke out the dyes & some fiber that I got from The Sheep Shed Studio. Here is the resulting colored fiber. Some of them are quite eye popping, you might need your sunglasses on for this photo.... he he

The pink was done with food coloring, super bright pink, not quite what I was after (I had in mind a softer pink) but it's all good. The rest of the fiber was dyed with the Greener Shades Dye. The yellow turned out super bright too, not looking for super bright yellow either but that's ok. Let me just say that these dyes are super concentrated!! The purple was straight dye too. The green & the peach were custom mixes. I didn't get all technical with the measuring, just kind of flew by the seat of my pants on that. I did look at a color mix chart to get the general idea of what I was looking for. I love how the peach & the green came out. Both were perfect.

The little bits up front are small amounts of sparkly icicle top. They took the dye really well too.

Minus the purple, I did that just cause I had to dye some purple fiber, LOL... these are gonna be my Juicy Melon batts that I've been thinking about. Stay tuned to see how they come out.

My busy season is starting at work... so if you don't hear from me as much don't worry, just means that I'm exhausted. :)  Hope everyone has a good week!


gypsyknits said...

Where's my shades? LOL

Oh, how I love color, this will card beautifully. Have fun and don't work too hard.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Pink hands are feminine :) Love the bright happy colors ~ perfect for Spring!

Hope work is not too exhausting. I disappear for the same reason at times.

Channon said...

LOL! Gretchen would love your pink hands...