Today I planned on dyeing. I spent most of the morning winding yarn into hanks. Snag no.1:
I have two balls of Patonyle. One is brand new and gets wound around two chairs on opposite sides of the room. Then it is tied at carefully measured lengths ready to make my self striping tiger yarn. All is well! (Perceptive readers will be hearing that movie music now, when something nasty is sneaking up on the unsuspecting heroine.) Then comes the op shop Patonyle. Wind, wind, wind. Where is the yarn gone?? Oh, there is a break in the wool. No worries, I'll start again. Windy wind... (you know where this is going, don't you?)
Fifi: Another end? Why do I have another end?? Suzi, look at this boogelly wool!!
Suzi: *unravels yarn all over the floor*
Fifi: You know I have to untangle that, right?
Suzi: I think we may be oka- oh!
Suzi: I think someones cut the ball..
Suzi: ..if you look here there's all these ends..
Fifi: No! I don't want to look!
Suzi: I'm afraid it's boogelly, Fifi.
So, the tiger-yarn-to-be is hanging in my wardrobe, away from Ash's playful claws, untill I get another ball. I dyed some blue patonyle for Suzi instead. She wanted varigated blue, purple and black. I tied it into thirds and dyed it in the microwave in two containers with the rest left as is. Snag No.2:
It takes an unbelievable amount of dye to make black. I started out following 2paws instructions and measuring with my little plastic spoon, and ended up sloshing in every colour and running out to Suzi with samples going "is it dark enough yet?"
"No! Blacker! BLACKER!"
Well, we got there. The result is on the Darkside.Snag No.3:
I decided to finish off with some rainbow 8ply for me. This was also wound around distant chairs, as I tramped back and forth dreaming of the self striping results. I confidently go to pour in some vinegar. A little trickle comes out. I shake the bottle. Nothing. It is all gone! At this point I'd really had enough, so I stormed off to stuff more yarn in the wardrobe.
But there is some random good news as well. For those of you who have made Jaywalkers, Grumperina
is offering sock yarn to the 350th or 400th person to submit a pic to her gallery. Yesterday, a friend leaving for Melbourne offered me some of her jewellery. I picked this neckless and shiny bracelet. I am a sucker for shiny things! Also, two Dulaan hats finished. They are kind of cute and not as washed out as in the photo. I'm being nagged to put the pink one on the stall. If I do, I will keep the money to help post the other Dulaan items we have knocking about.