January 27, 2004

Sorry kids

snowday

This morning as I lay in bed trying to motivate myself, I could hear two of my daughters, Megan (12) and Sam (9) talking in the next room. Megan has the top bunk, so without getting up, she can see out the window.

Sam: Hey Megan...Meg....look out the window. Did it snow more?
Meg: Yeah, it's still snowing
Sam: Is there a lot of snow?
Meg: Yeah.
Sam: Is there.....enough?

Sorry kids. No snow day, but there's another 10cm (4" or the size of a gauge swatch) to come today, so hope springs eternal.

Tuesday is my spinning day. I take a class that's on Tuesdays and I make a point of spending at least this day of the week in spinning pursuits. Today I'm compromising (I'm determined to finish the sweater that shall not be named). I dyed some Romney x Corridale wool last Tuesday with koolaid and I didn't love the results.

koolaid

I carded it up anyway and I'm going to give half to my kids to spin and half to my nieces in Cape Breton. I didn't like the "candy" colours, but it's perfect for the kids. I especially wasn't happy with the blue, so I tried again using paste food dye, that one from Wilton. I carefully dissolved it in water, added some vinegar for acid, put in the wool and microwaved it for a while. I stirred gently every once in a while. Even though this is sort of a crappy picture, you can see what happened.

blue dye

It's a dark turquoise blue in the tips, a light purple in the middle and baby blue at the cut end. It's nothing like what I wanted at all, but I really like it. I'm going to spin it up today and see what I get. I did some research and I think what happened is the dye "broke". If anybody knows how I did that, how I could do it again, or how to avoid it in the future...I'd love to know.

Posted by Stephanie at January 27, 2004 11:53 AM