Discussion in 'Crochet, Knitting, Spinning' started by captain belly, Mar 3, 2018.
Are you going to tell us she dyes it too?
Lovely soothing palette of colors.
Does she buy pre-dyed rovings or does she do her own dying?
She mostly buys pre-dyed, but sometimes she does her own. She once taught a class at the yarn store on dying yarn with Kool-aid. Of course, there's more to it than just soaking in in kool-aid.... Probably not for "yarn snobs" but it worked and looked great. If she's making something real expensive, I believe she buys the pre-dyed. Some of that wool is very pricy!
Dyeing with Kool-aid is a thing and I have done it myself. I don't remember what mordant we used, maybe vinegar. It was decades ago.
I have a friend who is working on her third fleece in less than a year. She takes a fleece and washes it, brushes it out (carding) , spins, dyes, and sometimes weaves, but other times knits. She also has done some silk.
I have two spinning wheels and a drop spindle, a set of cards. I haven't used them in years. I had 3 fleeces that got wool moths and I have had wool moths a few times since I threw out those fleeces. If I had a couple years go by without seeing a wool moth, I might consider spinning again.
I have never heard of a 'wool moth'.... ill have to look that up. I do know, however, how bad material can get hit with bugs. I tie flies and have a huge collection of feathers and other natural materials. I have been know to put my materials in a freezer for a period of time to make sure the eggs/bugs die. I've also heard microwaving for a few seconds does a great job too.
I call it a wool moth because it has damaged so much of my wool. There is a more scientific term, of course! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tineola_bisselliella
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