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Sunday, June 29, 2008

29 June 2008

What do you get mixing food colouring, vinegar and wool? besides a big mess that is? A pile of very bright wools!
After seeing this blog post, I dug out a very old stash of pale cream coloured pure wool (probably around 20 years old and never used) and some food colouring I had in the back of the cupboard and first made this -

The top ball was using the old food colouring from the cupboard, then I bought another box of 4 colours the next day and dyed the second ball. I don't know if the difference was just that the first batch was old colouring that may have started going off. The bright mix will probably end up as a jumper for my niece.

A few days later I found separate bottles of food colours in a different shop, so got a couple of bottles of blue and red to make this batch for me -

And I tried some older dyes I had bought for cotton fabrics, but hadn't used because I found on the instructions inside the jars that they were wool dyes.

They were both supposed to be rainbow mixes of turquoise, red and yellow, but most of it washed out and left one ball as a light mint and the other as a peach colour.

Now that I've used up that old stash, it's time to go looking for some more mess!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

June 21 2008

One of the hazards of making up knitting patterns as you go, is running out of yarn before you finish, and even worse, when it's a handspun yarn that you can't just go and buy some more of to finish off. So I've been starting and knitting a lot, but not finishing anything! I am getting plenty of experience with circular knitting though, and learning how it works, so at least it's not wasted time. With all the restarts though, I don't have any new pics yet.

On the jewellery front, I have plenty of ideas, but until I can figure out a feature signature logo component to use in my wire and metal work, I don't expect to be showing any photos of finished work (too many people copying or attempting to copy my work right now to make more without some form of protection for it). I have some supplies for bead stringing though, so there will be some spiral rope bracelet and necklaces pics soon.