Some time ago I blogged about dyeing with windfall eucalyptus leaves. I had been dyeing over white corriedale and had quite a range of colours in the range of ochre and caramel through flame orange and… opinions differ about whether that really is red. Here it is, wet from dyeing and ready to be rinsed:
I divided my fleece up into colour groupings, carded it and pulled a roving straight from the carder drum with a diz. What a great technique. You can find it on YouTube, but it was watching a friend from the Guild demonstrate it that really convinced me to try it out. This Youtube video has an explanation of the same simple homemade diz my friend has made, so maybe she was inspired by that video. Here are my rovings. Creating these made me feel like I have learned a few things about fleece preparation.
Then I created bumps of roving with segments of each colour, lined up to create a gradient from ochre through to reddish. Then, there was spinning and plying and skeining and washing–spinning being a craft of many stages–and now…
I am so happy with this yarn! I can’t wait to share it with the friends whose sheep this wool came from. Coincidentally, the week I finished this yarn, they invited me to their place for shearing time.