You probably expected me to be weaving my wild warp by now. Or at least asking questions about some technical hurdle.
I expected that too!!
Instead, I've been dyeing a bunch of yarn, and whatever else I can find to throw in the dye pot. (So far Bailey has been spared....although he does hang out with me when I dye!)
To what do I owe this unexpected turn of events?
A weaving friend offered me some free dye. Since my favorite price is "free", I jumped at the chance.
My plan was to freeze the dye....but the combo of a very full freezer and concerns about dye safety convinced me to just go for it. (The dye was already mixed with water and other things - but not with soda ash, the dye activator. The dye has a shelf life that is rapidly running out.)
Fortunately I had plenty of white and off-white cotton and linen that I wanted to make more colorful.
I forgot how long this would take. Over the weekend, I used every spare moment to wind skeins. I have not dyed in years. Maybe not since 2002.
Monday afternoon and evening I dyed things, and rinsed things. Tonight, I finished rinsing a red skein, a purple skein and a giant turquoise skein.
How's that for unexpected dyeing??
The somewhat daunting news....for me at least, is that I've only used half the dye. Today I made a plan for the other half. How I can combine the colors that are left to make colors I want. How much yarn and mix-ins I need to get the whole thing to work.
So that will be some post-Thanksgiving fun!! (Well, and a lot of pre-Thanksgiving preparation.....Do you think anyone would mind if I brought my swift to Thanksgiving dinner?)
Two housekeeping notes:
I am still working on my mixed warp scarf during my early morning studio hour every day. I'm changing it to a straight draw, have added 2 shafts to the loom, re-thread and sleyed the third shaft and most of the fourth shaft. I bet I'll have it tied on by the time I eat Thanksgiving turkey! And you guys will be the first to know! I so appreciate all of your help and advice!!
Also, huge thanks to Colleen for participating in my Colors of November challenge! The list of links will be open until December 1 - so add your pictures any time before that if you want to join the fun!!