I’ve been dyeing a ton of fiber lately! I think it’s because the weather has been so cold, dyeing just seems like a way to make Crafty Soup. 🙂
I’m a big fan of our Bare Wool of the Andes fiber for a couple of reasons. First, it’s really easy to spin because the Peruvian wool is a little grippy and lets you control it easily. Next, it comes in 100g bundles which are the perfect size for the bobbins on my Kromski Polonaise – I know that one bundle will fill one bobbin perfectly. Finally, it’s really inexpensive so I can mess around in the dye pot and try strange and/or challenging blends of colors without worrying about being out a pile of cash.
For this handspun project, I dyed up 4 100g bundles of fiber all in the same pot with Jacquard acid dyes. Two of the bundles were close to the top of the pot and got a little darker in color than the two at the bottom of the pot, so I’m planning on spinning each one up on a separate bobbin and then plying the darker singles with the lighter singles in order to balance out the color.
I don’t have a knitting project in mind yet, but Ravelry has an incredibly powerful search function that I love using. I can plug in that I have X yards of Y weight in Z fiber and I’ll get search results tailored to my handspun, even though it’s my own personal one-of-a-kind yarn. Magical! I also like adding the “In my queue” filter so I only search patterns that I’ve previously been interested in making – it keeps the choices from getting too overwhelming (since I have 43 pages of queued projects!).