Welcome! It’s been a long time in coming – I changed the blog’s theme. Hope you enjoy the new look & also the better compatibility with your small-screen devices.
I also updated the About page to better reflect what I do, and also give some co-ordinates. Over the past 4+ years of writing this blog my interests have evolved but the TKK format/skin has stayed largely static. Here’s to getting more function, and also to letting readers in on the secret that I do now take spin/ knit commissions.
This uber-bright handspun yarn is really & truly natural dyed. The yarn was cream Finn top from Louet that I dubbed the Sweater-in-Waiting in this post. I used 25g of ground, dried cochineal. This was my 1st (and only) cochineal experiment. The mordants are alum & cream of tartar.
Here is how I got the surprising fuchsias. With a dried weight of the whole 1,529 yards at 547g, I had under 5% dyestuff. The label said as little as 3% would give medium shades. Pro-tip, friends: medium shades of cochineal? That would be your fuchias! I decided to go for a tinted gradient. This meant dyeing in thirds through the successive exhaust baths.
There’s a subtle tint. If anything about this yarn can be called subtle? I am gathering courage, and will let you know when casting-on happens. EvilMichelle says that I really should.
Far less eventful yarns
Just so you know that it’s not all fluorescent all the time, here is a much calmer spin.
This 356 yds of Polwarth 4-ply handspun started out life as 8 0z of Miss Babs’ “Cloud #9″. I broke each braid at the mid-point, and spun from the break out using Martha in DD.
Both the singles and the ply are high-twist. It was one of those early March weeks when I needed that kind of a spinning workout.
Equally swift and satisfying is this Columbia pin-drafted roving spin on the CPW. It’s spun long-draw, and I have 8 oz total from Morgaine who had Harvey’s fleece prepped by Morro Fleece Works. The roving is a real pleasure – next to no VM, and light as a feather!
When I return, there will be big news of the loom variety. I am still processing this & the wonderful Sarah Swett workshop weekend that I went to in Michigan. They go hand-in-hand!