Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Who needs a Golden fleece?

When you can have a rainbow from your dye pot!

I thought I'd make the most of the sunshine and get some shots of my latest dye pot sessions which I'm really pleased with - what they will end up as I do not know but either way I've ended up with some really zingy fleece! I'm using more of the Cotswold Curls that Mum

donated to my fleece stash (which incidentally is actually the same age as me! The curls that is not the stash pile!)

First of all was a combination of Yellow, Magenta and Turquoise. As you can see I've ended up with some of those sap yellow/green shades again (good thing I like them!) along with more greener shades and shots of magenta and there are tiny blueish spots that you can't really see from this shot.Next I wanted BLUE!! A lot of the turquoise dye hadn't been taken in the last batch and so I thought I wouldn't waste it and tried for a blue mix using the turquoise, blue and lilac and also threw in a small skein of yarn from a giant cone I have, the label for which I think DH seems to have thrown in the bin! Anyway this lot is really bright and zingy - I think I may have overdone the dye somewhat!! The colours here are pretty accurate in showing it as a royal blue/purple mix.Finally I fancied some fiery tones and tried some red, yellow and magenta. Initially I had too much water in the pot and ended up with a non-descript cornflake orange which was a bit boring so I put a few squirts of magenta in here and there and set it simmering again and was much happier with the results which again are fairly accurate - just how much brighter could a flash make an already bright fleece?

So there you go - a mix of indoor and outdoor lighting to show off some vivid fleeces to play with. Now the next important question - Just what am I going to do with it all?

BTW - I'm being a bit of a slow knitter at the mo. My Jaywalker is at a standstill until I can get another 2.25mm dpn to replace the one DD broke but the jumper is nearly finished, well I'm almost finished with the 1st sleeve so not too far to go - I will have more FO's to follow in the not too distant future!

13 comments:

Jo said...

Lovely bright colours Kath!

Seahorse said...

Fabulous colours! Really lovely.

Artis-Anne said...

Wow great colours Kath; isn't it fun ? I love dyeing as you know :)

Alice said...

Ooooh, I especially love that orange/pink combo. Fantastic!

Helen said...

What amazing colours!

I am very impressed by your Spirit Tank too, if mine turns out anywhere near as nice as yours, then I will be very happy :)

artyfartykat said...

WOW! What gorgeous colours! That little lot will keep you busy for a while! I must admit, watching you and others dyeing yarn has made me desperate to give it a go!!

Hilde C. said...

The colours are just gorgeous - it's inspiring to see colourful pictures like that :-)

Christina said...

what gorgeous colours.

acrylik said...

Delicious colours, especially the royal purple/blue combination.

Kendra said...

Wow. The colours are amazing. Really bright. I love the blues.

Riggwelter said...

Oh they are wonderful colours, just beautiful.

Lynne said...

Isn't dyeing fun? A bit random, sure, but fun! I put some yellow, plum and cyan in the pot today - it looked sunsetty when I started - and ended up with deep purple, green and sap green. LOL

Silvia said...

Love all the colours. wow wow wow