Wednesday, February 26, 2014

see my hansen in action!

So I wanted to share some videos of me spinning in action!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Revisiting Jacquard Dyes - Dyeing fiber with Jacquard Acid Dyes

So it has been a long time since I first posted my dyeing results. Since that time I have been spinning yarn and last year I final started dyeing fiber. 

I wanted to share first one of my favorite how to s

She poured the dye directly onto the fiber.  I do not. instead I use a glass pyrex cup to take some hot water out and add the dye to the water.  I stir and then pour that water with the dye and a bit of acid to the fiber.  If I want at to do a kettle dye, I add the dye and acid first. Let cool and then add the wet fiber to the dyebath.

Now here is one dye job I recently did. 

Here is some white and brown Shetland. 

I now use citric acid instead of vinegar as the smell is much less intense for me. So the fiber is soaked in plain water. In the dyebath I add acid and a pinch of salt which slows down the speed of color absorption so that all the fibers get a more even amount color. 

 One of my favorite things is getting a more complex shade by adding lots of colors to get not colors. Here I added 4 colors to get this red. 

Fresh off the pot starting to dye

Almost dry. 

Totally dry compared to undyed Shetland. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hansen minispinner in maple

I had an mS in cherry but for some reasons I was never really happy with it so I sold it and got this in maple instead and I LOVE the grain. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Starting a chain of crochet without a knot.

This is how I start my crochet chains every time. 

Step 1

This loop is normal. 

Pull now or later to tighten the loop also you can stop a few stitches before the loop and undo those extra stitches. 

 If you pull. 

If you undo.