Thursday, September 18, 2008
On this cardtable is a lot of work(click on the pictures to enlarge them if you'd like)...but so worth it! Remember when we visited the goat farm about 2 weeks ago? Well this is all of the mohair washed AND dyed. Part I dyed teal and part raspberry and a little was left undyed and it has the most beautiful sheen to it. Also today I took some Corriedale and dyed it (yellow & pink with the natural cream color inbetween) with Kool-Aid. What fun. Dyeing the mohair with 'Classics' something dye was a pain and took forever it seemed. But dyeing with the Kool-Aid went so quickly and I ended up 'painting' it and then wrapped it in saran wrap and steamed it in my double boiler for an hour.Wish I'd taken a picture of that process. I love the lemonade yellow with the strawberry,which looks orange in this picture but is really a strong pink color. And, it seems to be colorfast too. It should make a wonderful varigated wool to spin and knit with.
This is an evening picture so the lighting isn't the greatest. I had my husband pick up some more lemonade Kool-Aid today.I love the soft yellow color. Tomorrow if I have time I would like to dye the rest of the Corriedale solid yellow. I'm pretty tired, I may be mispelling that!
Here is a close-up of the mohair from the Angora baby goat. Its just gorgeous..so soft and silky and curly. You can see, I've taken a bit of the raspberry dyed mohair and 'combed' it. It is soft, soft, soft! I will use a good portion of this to add to the 'Gooseberry' fleece which is black/dk grey. Our spinning guild president suggested that it would be beautiful with threads here and there of teal running thru the wool. I've been a busy girl this week...thought you'd like to see what I've been doing.