Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dyeing to Spin

This is 1 lb of BFL combed top I ordered from http://www.paradisefibers.net/ . I dyed it with Jacquard Acid dye in turquoise,gold, and purple. My daughter was stationed in Okinawa, and told me about diving in the ocean there, these are the colors she described. The wool is soooo soft! It's almost dry now and I just can't wait to spin some up on my new kick spindle I ordered from http://www.heavenlyhandspinning.com/ . I like it much better than the drop spindle, and can spin much thinner and more consistant. It makes it real easy to ply too. The spindle sits
on top of a bearing, so it spins really fast. With both hands free, I can concentrate more on drafting. The wool makes a big difference too. The cheapo stuff I bought at Hobby Lobby was hard to draft.

I tried some of the merino wool, and wow. It practically drafts itself. I could get thread thin with it and picture spinning up some lace weight yarn. Darn that Yarn Harlot with her pretty hand spun! The more I read her blog, the more I wanted to spin my own yarn too.

This is Aidan, he loves to help his Nana! Who needs an electric spindle....I have Aidan power! He's only 19 months old, what a clever little boy! He's helping me to ply some of my experimental Hobby Lobby roving I spun into singles. He's not sure what it's all about, but he likes Nana's spinny thing! See, you can harness all that energy in a toddler! Now if only I could figure out how to get him to eat his green beans!

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