I think my favourite part of Project Spectrum 2 is how far outside my comfort zone it is pushing me. During the last colour segment I tried my hand at dyeing some self striping yarn. It didn’t work out the way I had expected – but I still like it.
This time I used Eunny’s Tutorial on Self Striping yarn (thank you Susie!) and let me tell you…it was a LOT of work. Since I knew I was going to use this technique I had already done the knitting and measuring bit and now had only to wind the yarn into humongous lengths. What a nightmare. The KnitPicks Bare I was using was so tangled it took me nearly 2 hrs to untangle it. I am not a patient person – I HATE details. So getting bogged down in untangling this wool – I had to take a LOT of deep breaths.
Finally I could measure off the sections for each colour. I wanted to do 4 stripes of pink, 3 of green and 2 of yellow. During the dyeing process I devised a new way to colour all the wool at once. Ziploc Baggies! So simple. And Clean!
I rinsed the wool – my sizzling fingers. Squeezed it out and now it is resting in the yard, drying in the open air.
I don’t know how I feel about the colours yet. We’ll see. I have found that this wool takes an average of 2-3 days to dry completely – if the sun would cooperate I am sure it would be faster. As soon as it is dry I plan on using it (unless I decide to over-dye it) and I will post a pic right away.
In other news – I sent off everyone’s prize packages yesterday, along with a few other belated gifties! I finished another book (I know! This is like my pre-knitting days.) and watched Bobby. I really enjoyed this movie. I do not know alot about Bobby Kennedy, but if he was half the man he presented in his speeches what a loss. The movie left me wondering how different the course of American history (and really world history) would have been were it not for the murders of Dr. King and Senator Kennedy. A thought provoking film that would have benefitted by leaving Ashton Kutcher in the audience!
I leave you with some pics of Kira. She has been digging under the dishwasher, growling and whining – apparently a cat kibble got beneath there and it is driving her nutso!