I loved running workshops over summer, but it has also been a treat to return to my spinning wheel. This skein began as grey corriedale fleece. I dyed it in the grease with Earth Palette dyes, carded, and pulled a roving directly from the drum carder through a diz. I have seen this technique demonstrated on YouTube, but I was only prepared to try it after someone from my Guild (who is a fabulous spinner) showed a group of us how she does it.
I like the colour, and enjoyed the process of producing roving. Being able to dye in the grease is one of the things that has me returning to Earth Palette dyes. It improves my pleasure in scouring, and makes me content with scouring small quantities. Does my impatience show?
One of the workshops I ran over summer was on ‘fancy yarns’–artyarns to the inhabitants of the internet–and it has been good to come back to spinning the kind of yarns I prefer to knit. I love the challenge of artyarn spinning, and the results, but I am a plain spinner in my heart, apparently. This is relaxing spinning for me and I’m enjoying relaxing a little. The yellow/green/blue corriedale that I dyed at the same time has already become a beanie for a dear friend’s birthday, even though there will be no call for him to wear it for some months yet!
Dyeing over a grey base has pleased me so much that I want to return to trying it with eucalypts. I guess I’d better get over myself about scouring…