The schedule has been as follows: Dye 1 3/4 pounds fiber one day, rinse the next day. Repeat until 40 pounds have been consumed by color. So far my notes on Greener Shades:
*Aqua: boil the shit out of it (very technical, I know). better yet, just use it for mixing colors and never straight up.
*Black: if you've made a stock solution, shake it up well, as it tends to separate. Otherwise, BEST BLACK EVER.
*Get the book. If you don't enjoy taking notes, it's an awesome guide for color blending.
*Every green has been gorgeous. I love this stuff.
Fortunately, today is a rinse day. I'm getting a little burned out and I'm not quite half-way through. But, I need to take advantage of having an actual kitchen while I've got it. There will be an actual kitchen in the Dome, yes, but it may take a few months to really get things set up. With Stitches East and winter shows looming, I have to get as much of the messy stuff taken care of while I'm still here in the Bay.
My very favorite so far:
I'm plotting a whole series of tropical birds, and this Toucan is the first that was successful.
Before this one, I tried for a flamingo, but it came out more like cooked shrimp shells...the pink was too peachy...should have been blue-y. Also, a proper flamingo should have some black in it, but I worried that it would spin up a little muddy. So, yeah, I ended up with shrimp, which is not really a bad thing:
She Sells Shrimp Shells By the Seashore. 250 yards, dk weight.
I'm rather addicted to fine spinning these days, which doesn't help me get the production done that I need for a show like Stitches. The falklands seems to lend itself really well to smooth, fine yarns, so who am I to argue? Oh, well. I'd rather have a smaller pile of lovely traditionally spun yarns to sell than a giant pile of uninspired bulky. I'm sure I'll switch gears again before too long.
Random: Entrance Solutions = doors? doormats? red carpets? archways? drawbridges?