It's really kind of nice to be away from the computer for a while, it reminded me how things were like before we were so reliant on the internet. The days slowed down again and I was more relaxed. A good break!
I have to share my latest pictures with you though. Back to woolly items again, this is what came home with me from last weeks spinning group:
|Is this a 'pink batt'?|
I was willing to play. I'm excited and keep putting off spinning it because I like to keep looking at it the way it is now.
I did not know that food dye and vinegar could be used to dye wool until I heard someone mention it recently. There are loads of great sites online that will show you how it's done, and to be honest, once you have the basic method down, there doesn't seem to be much more to it (at least I hope not!). Some people even use their microwaves!
The pictured fleeces were soaked in a weak vinegar/water solution overnight and then squeezed out, added to a pot of water with food dye and a splash of vinegar, then brought to a high heat and held until the dye had soaked up into the wool (about 45 mins).
|Food dye, vinegar and water - 3 ingredients to dye wool easily at home|
In the end, I finished spinning up that gifted supply of merino. It is actually more purple than what is coming through in the pictures. I know it looks lumpy, but would you believe me if I told you that is what I was aiming for?
Nope, I didn't think so! Honest, I really was trying for a, ahh, 'textured' yarn.
|Beginner merino skein, 140g, approx|
I decided to crochet it into a warm hat for the 11yo, who was due to go on school camp the following week.
A long and thoughtful rummage through the button tin found her selected button of choice for the 'holey' bit. The pattern (called 'Hip Hop Hat'), was originally for a cap style hat with a brim, although seeing as how she opted to omit the brim, I have been pondering over what to call it.
Is it lacking the 'hip' now? Hop Hat. Maybe it could still be a Hip Hat?
Either way, the pattern was in Lincraft's crochet book and had to be drastically downsized to fit her tween sized noggin.