Skunkbush sumac dyed yarn
Not exactly the same as spinning up “three bags full,” but here are the results of my spinning and dyeing adventures discussed in this previous post.
The fibers’ original colors ranged from the white you see on the Navajo Churro sheep fleece they are lying on, to a natural, craft paper shade.
All four skeins were placed in a large ziplock bag with the dye liquor (orange skunkbush sumac berries gathered locally) and left out in the hot Arizona sun for 6 hours. None of the fibers were mordanted.
I was expecting something orange or brown, and you can see a bit of that on #4 before it turned to a yellow-gold color.
What I dyed & how it turned out (above, right):
Miss Babs BFL “Babette”
#1: Henry’s Attic Inca Cotton
#2: Some mohair I spun on a drop spindle.
#3: Unknown wool, spun by me.
#4: A cotton (or maybe linen) cone acquired at a yard sale, and then plied by me.
After two weeks of daily spinning and plying the fiber my friend gave me to practice on, I found I was hooked.
Feeling worthy, I bought a gorgeous 4- oz. braid of Blue Faced Leicester from Miss Babs. Miss Babs has a great inventory and excellent responsiveness. And the packaging is beautiful and includes a few little extras. Here’s the result of spinning that Miss Babs beauty; about 200 yards of squishiness (above, right). I’m hooked. I want more. I can’t stop.
I don’t have a firm goal to attain a particular gauge when spinning. Yet. I just want to enjoy the process and be able to take it along when I am away from home. So far, I’ve spun next to a lake while camping and at one of my favorite local coffee houses at a meetup with knitting friends. If I hadn’t spun everything in sight already, I’d bring it to World Wide Knit in Public this weekend at the Farmers Market. Sigh.
Yollama Love Lip Stuff
So now it’s time to get back to the actual purpose of spinning, knitting it up into pretty little things. I have a stash-ful of irresistible commercial yarns and all this handspun, so it’s time to cast on. Definitely out of control.
It’s been hot and dry here, the kind of scorchiness that dries out skin, lips and hair. To keep me from getting too crispy while sitting on the deck working on my next project, I concocted a batch of lip stuff from Arizona mesquite honey, local beeswax, organic coconut oil, and some delicious blood orange olive oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill. It even works as a balm for palms and fingers dried out from too much spinning!