Fall Fell Flat

Well, I tried for fall colors, but I ended up with this.

Dyed Roving

Dyed Roving

It’s not a bad colorway, it’s just very far removed from fall. Unless it’s fall in Hawaii. Maybe I should call it that. I did learn how to mix a nice grey blue, though. And I almost had a pumpkin orange, but it turned bright at the last moment. It’s funny how dyeing seems to take on a mind of its own.

I had planned to do the six ounces of roving (they were in one-ounce strips) and put them in my two big enameled pots. Then I would pour the various dyes over them and heat set them. Well, I started to lay out the roving to make sure I had enough space in the pots and found out that I would have to do two batches. That meant that I had to make enough dye to last for two batches, but no more. (I don’t like wasting dye.) So, I resigned myself to the extra time in the kitchen and set the roving to soak. When I came back, the roving had shrunk! It had been somewhere in the vicinity of five inches in circumference and then it shrunk down to maybe two inches. So I was able to fit the whole thing in one batch after all. Four ounces in the big pot (I could have easily squeezed in another) and two ounces in the smaller one.

Roving on the Drying Rack

Roving on the Drying Rack

Well, I wound up with some extra dye (more on that later), but the “cooking them in the pot” method worked very well. I’d only used it for yarn before, but it didn’t felt! Or at least, I don’t think it has. Anyway, I let the roving cool, rinsed it, and hung it on the drying rack for a spell in the sun. It’s a pity it’s getting cold because I can’t leave the window open to help the wool dry faster. I’ve started spinning the Corriedale up, and it’s really reminding me of crayons. Or maybe a fruit salad on the Fourth of July.
Finished Roving

Finished Roving

3 Responses to Fall Fell Flat
  1. legossi
    November 15, 2008 | 8:35 pm

    When I saw the picture (before reading the text) I thought ‘Pretty!’

    I think it looks tie dye. And more crayola markers. But definitely more crayons than fruit salad.

  2. Mama Mentor
    November 15, 2008 | 9:12 pm

    I will be very interested to see what the finished yarn looks like.

  3. Deborah
    November 16, 2008 | 12:44 pm

    I LOVE the colors! I can’t wait to see the end result!
    Love ya!

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