Saturday, August 12, 2017

Over-dying wool

As of late, I have enjoyed spinning natural colored wool.  In one yarn, I have used several sheep breeds (Merino, Shetland, Jacob, Zwartable) in an effort to make a tweed-like yarn.  With some of this yarn, I crocheted a baby hat.  It is not the softest yarn, but not very scratchy either. A trick I picked up over the years if the cap is not soft enough for a baby head, line the cap with fleece-type fabricThe same kind of fabric used to make tied blankets.

After spinning this natural colored  yarn, I decided to over-dye the yarn so it did not look so boyish.  I used a Raspberry dye.  Some of the dye is darker in places than in others.  I like that look.  I have only made the hat, so far.  I have no idea what to make with the rest of my spun yarn.  What do you think I should do with it?  Do you like the over-dye better than the natural colored yarn?  The yarn used in the hat had more dark yarn spots and it came out darker.  It almost looks black and red. colored.  The plastic button even turned a tinge of pink. 

Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie

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