I was browsing Cindie Kitchen's Etsy store to see what other kinds of fiber she has (for future reference) when I came across this bump of roving that she had dyed way back when she dyed roving as a business. It's Merino and Tencel and some of my favorite colors at a discounted price. It's does need a little purple I think.
Nobody in our family drinks juice so I finally broke down, went to Bi-Mart and bought eight of these priced at 2/$4. I really want to dye my white roving this week.
Today was the day. I've only ever dyed with Procion acid dyes and was flummoxed by these "primary colors" from Jacquard. I crossed my fingers and called Laura, hoping she would pick up the phone!
She tried to explain some of her favorite blends and I was madly jotting note when she asked if I could just mix the dyes today and when she comes to the Social Security Office in Bend this Friday, she'll come over and help me blend the colors I would like to achieve.
The painters mask was miserable. I think I had it on wrong but I once got started, I wasn't willing to take a risk and mess with it. It's old and if the elastic broke, I'd be stuck and I really don't want to breathe these tiny little dye particles. All instructions on dyeing warn you to wear a mask and I'm not a risk taker.
In the end the final result almost looks like the original bottles. I have eight dyes: golden yellow, teal, cherry red, turquoise, yellow sun, brilliant blue, hot fushsia and gold ochre. If I need black I'll just use a couple grains of my Mother MacKenzie black dye powder. Between now and I Friday I'll get to the dollar store and buy some squirt bottles and mesh laundry bags. More hurry up and wait.
These towels bring my total count up to 43. I had planned to make my current "desert sunrise" warp be the last one before the fiber show and even though I'm following from my notes, it's a disappointment. I blame bad note keeping - not the first time that's happened.
We've had several unusually warm and lovely days. It was 65 yesterday which set a record, but that is changing today. My back hurt after I finished standing on the tile floor mixing the dyes so I made time for a visit to the hot tub. The birds were singing and the sky was blue. Much better now :)