I have started keeping a dye journal. I've been successful dyeing my Shetland roving without felting it so have begun to keep track of what I'm doing in earnest. The top three samples in the left card are the natural colors of our three Shetland wethers, as of their 2010 shearing. I can put the three in one dyepot and get three shades. That's not cheating, right?
I'm recording the sheep, i.e., the base color, the dye percentages I used and the date I did it.
I got semi-solid colors from mixing dye colors in a cup and letting them strike at different points, but I would like some more variegated colors as well.
Yesterday I mixed up the three colors I've just made and used them on the roving. I have no idea what I'll get in a finished yarn. Laura called right while I was in the middle of this and I asked her to call me back in about 15 minutes. I managed to spill some dye and had just finished cleaning it up when she called back. Her weaving books are packed from the move, so I'm her librarian! She also wanted me to correct her comment. She's not often wrong, but when she is, she is *really* wrong.
This is what I'm getting and I'm really happy with the results - so far. I don't know if these will translate into an interesting yarn. That's why I do this. I get to find out!
I'm currently enrolled in CERT training (Community Emergency Response Team) which is offered by local governments through FEMA. We live in such a remote location, when Sandy (of Sandy's book club) asked for volunteers to train, I knew I needed to enroll. We just completed 12 1/2 hours of training this evening in the last 24 hours and have another weekend just like it coming up. I missed our Red Rock Hounds Christmas party last night and the Reno Fiber Guild party today - that hurt. I elected to not defer this training because I'm training with other residents from our valley.
I stuffed knitting in my bag this morning so had finished my lunch break, originally typed knitting break, when one of my neighbors returning to her desk saw me knitting. She said, I'm a knitter, crocheter and weaver. That got my attention. She's working on an Ashford loom. I told her that we really need to get together. I love my life. Am I getting repetitive?
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