WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along

I have been busy with a little spinning, this is a super wash roving I bought some time ago, I am enjoying the rich colours, I have been spinning it up as an aran weight and it will possibly stay a single ply. I think this is going to turn into a hat for Kye, just need to find a pattern.

Today, I finally plucked up the courage to dye the wool for my Tea Leaves cardi! I soaked all my wool, mixed the dyes and started.

This isn’t the greatest photo of the colour, but I wanted something that reflected the colours of Autumn, so the skeins have red brown with a touch of charcoal in them. I dyed 20 50 gram skeins in total.

They are all out in the sun stove now in the hot sun, I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

What are you working on today?
Joining in with Ginny.

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27 Responses to WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along

  1. Andee April 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Your handspun looks so nice! I love your use of the sun stove.

  2. Rachel April 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Wow! The colors in the first photo! Fantastic! Good luck with all of your dying. I look forward to seeing what you knit with such yummy yarns.

  3. Tracey April 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to see how they turn out too. I have been wanting to learn to dye yarn and think this summer I will finally give it a go. 🙂

  4. A Little Handmade April 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    What a beautiful rainbow!

  5. Natalie April 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Oh my goodness that takes courage…to dye that much wool for a sweater. I would be afraid that it wouldn’t work out…I don’t have that much experience with dyes…but yours looks great. And LOVING the rainbow of yarn in the first picture. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hanneke April 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Very, very nice colours. (What I’m working on today? I’m trying to make some rennet with nettles)

    • Linda April 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

      Thank you Hanneke,
      Making rennet with nettles, that sounds interesting!

  7. eidolons April 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Lovely! Oh, Linda! I ordered a spinning wheel (that still hasn’t shipped – not that I’m anxious or anything) and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve spent so many years staring longingly at all the handspun yarn in the blogs I read – maybe some day I’ll spin as well as you do. (:

    • Linda April 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      OOooh! That is just so exciting! You are going to LOVE spinning your own yarn:)

  8. no spring chicken April 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Love the tea leaves cardigan… earthy, autumn color sounds beautiful! I’m eager to try some natural dying this summer when plants are plentiful…

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. Heather April 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Looks beautiful Linda! Can’t wait to see your yarn for the cardi 🙂

  10. Shearer's Girl April 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Lovely spinning – so even. Talking of tea leaves have you ever tried dyeing with tea leaves? You get a sort of gingery brown, depending on how much you use.

  11. Heather aka Proud Mama April 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Gorgeous handspun. I love the rainbow effect. I have been saving onion skins to dye yarn. I have been a bit nervous though.

    • Linda April 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      Thank you Heather:)
      You will love the colour that is produced from onion skins, you can even add a few red onion skins and it gives the yarn the most gorgeous rich hue.

  12. Swanski April 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    That yarn will be perfect for the tea leaves cardi! Love the top photo of spinning!! Can’t wait to see what hat pattern you decide on.

  13. Ginny April 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    I think the color is going to be perfect! (shades of brown are my favorite!)

  14. Natalie April 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    Did you spin the wool yourself before you dyed it or did you buy it in skeins? I love the constant thickness of your finished spun wool, I am guessing that comes with lots and lots of practice or talent? So wonderful, will make an awesome hat!


    • Linda April 5, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Hi Nat,
      I bought the undyed aran weight skeins and then I dyed them yesterday. It was such fun! Thanks about my hand spun:)

  15. Donna April 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    I added the tea leaves cardi to my list of favorites on ravlery…can’t wait to see how yours turns out…do you think a beginner can do it? I have a hat, 2 suffolk sheep and half a cardigan under my belt so far.

    • Linda April 5, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      Hi Donna,
      The tea leaves is so beautiful, I am going to really study the pattern today and then cast on. It doesn’t look like a difficult pattern, I am sure you will be fine:)
      xo xo

  16. Kim Corrigan-Oliver April 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Love the colours you are spinning, so vibrant. Can’t wait to see how the yarn turns out for the cardi.

  17. Steffi April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Great colours of wool!I like your first photo!

  18. Ellen April 5, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    I can’t wait to see the yarn color when it’s finished dying and drying.

  19. WonderWhyGal April 5, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    ooooh, I love your sun stove. I am going to try to utilize nature more in this year’s dyeing. Maybe even try some natural dye this year.

  20. Happy Whimsical Hearts April 5, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Inspiring! I’ve been thinking of something in Autumn colours too, looking forward to see how your’s turns out 🙂

  21. karen April 5, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    what cheerful spun wool!

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