Kool colours

I've spent a lot of time brewing dyes from natural materials I find in my yard or grocery store, barks, mushrooms, leaves, lichen, etc. So it's exciting to use strong ready-made colours that can be processed indoors. It has been raining steadily here for three weeks, so the indoor component is especially attractive.

In the cover image, from upper left clockwise: blue raspberry dye, orange dye, yarn handspun from Jamieson & Smith Superfine top dyed in lime Kool Aid. 

The lime was too bright for my purposes so I mixed the blue and orange to yield an avocado tone, and overdyed it with another skein of the same fibre. These skeins are fourth and fifth in from the left in the photo below:

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Also pictured here, from left: Jamieson & Smith Shetland top (not superfine) dyed in blue raspberry, merino handspun dyed in Black Cherry and Cherry exhaust, J&S Superfine handspun dyed in onion skin then overdyed in Black Cherry and Cherry, previously mentioned lime overdye and blue/orange combo, J&S Shetland superfine top in orange, merino top.

The last two belong to the next project, the uneven dyeing. 

I am quite pleased with the results and look forward to spinning the top and using the yarns. I find that although I love spinning fibre in natural colours, when I plan a knitting,  project I want to use some colours. 

I am thrilled with the way this microwave method preserves the fluffiness of the top. Pot dyeing on the stove will compact or felt unspun fibre, but this method leaves it spinnable without extra effort. 

I noticed that the blue tones were the last to enter the fibre, and that the blue raspberry had an opacity that stayed in the dyebath and was not absorbed by the fibre. 

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