February 2010 was good to me.
I started with month with the visit from a dear old friend.
Who was kind enough to show up with her dyes in tow. We had a great time (at like 1:30 in the morning) dyeing yarn with acid dyes (the jacquard dyes that Knitpicks sells).
Fortunately Kara had dyepots, because she’s *not* making spaghetti here.
We soaked the yarn in water and vinegar then reconstituted the dyes. I chose red and blue then green and yellow. We got some water nice and warm.
For the green and yellow, I did the “pour over different halves of the skein in the pot” method.
It turned out GREAT!
The red and blue skein, well, we talked about not wanting the “John Philip Sousa” effect. It happened anyways, looking into the pot.
Our best idea, to save it, at 2am, was to add more blue.
For once, 2am was BRILLIANT!
I’m quite pleased with that skein, and am looking forward to using these yarns (perhaps for some weaving projects?) and dyeing more in the future.
Weaving club at In Sheep’s Clothing was great this month. We talked about planning projects, and I’m thinking more about a big alpaca shawl I’d like to do. I picked up a book about doing patterns on the rigid heddle loom to help me with the planning of the shawl. The suggestion for my freakishly long pink scarf was to make a bag out of it, and I think that’s a great idea – I’ll be doing it soon!