Thing-a-Week #36

It’s the return of Thing-a-Week*!

Back in August, for Thing-a-Week #20, my friend Ewenique and I dyed some yarn and fiber, all in the same color: “Screen Door Purple.” (There’s a story behind that name, but I’m not telling!) This week, I finally got around to spinning the fiber.

Handspun

The 8 ounces of Corriedale fiber spun up to about 430 yards of yummy, plummy DK-weight yarn. Not sure what I’ll do with it. It’s not soft enough for next-to-skin wear, but I’m sure it’ll make a nice… something. Any ideas?

Handspun

* I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way I’m up to #36. My last Thing was #23 three months ago. I missed 13 (yes, 13!!) weeks due to work and other busy stuff. I thought about it a lot, and I had two choices: pick up where I left off with #24 and add make-up days to the end, or skip them, plow ahead, and end in March as originally planned. Since it’s a miracle I’ve made it this far, I’m taking the easier route and skipping the 13 Things I missed. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m sure I’ll still come up with some good stuff before I’m done!

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Thing-a-Week #20

Another joint venture! This week: dyed fiber. I had a crafting playdate with my friend Ewenique Saturday. We had loads of fun, and spent a good part of the day dyeing yarn and fiber.

Thing a Week #20: dyeing

The yarn is 2 skeins Patons Classic Wool Merino, worsted weight, and the fiber is 8oz of commerical Corriedale that I had. We used Dharma acid dyes, mainly Midnight Blue and a plummy mix of Midnight Blue and Fire Engine Red. They’re still drying now, but Ewenique gets one of those skeins.

Isn’t she lovely

Isn’t she beautiful…

Romney handspun

I’ve been playing around with that Romney fleece I got late last year. I’ve been doing things here and there since I washed it: I first hand-carded some of it into rolags and spun some test yarn, and more recently I scored a Pat Green drum carder on Craigslist and carded some of the fleece for real.

Pat Green Drum Carder Romney batt

I’ll need some more practice, I think, but I’m pleased with what I’ve done so far. This yarn is around aran to bulky weight, a little thick and thin, very light and lofty. It’s only an ounce and three-quarters, so I’ll have to card and spin up more if I expect to make anything out of it. Still, it’s a start!

Romney handspun

And, over the holidays, I finally broke out the dyes I bought a while ago and dyed up seven 4-ounce batches of fleece in various colors. These were dyed in a crockpot using Dharma dyes.

Dyed Romney fleece

I’ll be carding these as well, and hope to come up with some really pretty batts. Wish me luck!

Bye bye blue, part 2

Ok, this time it is about my hair. I went to my stylist today to get reblued, a bimonthly ritual I’ve done for a little over two years. I was going to do blue again today, but I saw a picture of purple hair in one of the hair magazines at the salon and decided I wanted that.
 
So, I went from this:

To this:

 
The first blue pic is actually a little old, but it shows off the blue really well. My hair’s been shorter than that for a while now. The new color is a little more pink/magenta than I was thinking, but it does have purple bits, so I think it’s really cool. What do you think?