Time out for Tootsie

A chance to get inside my head

Random Rambling about Yarn and stuff March 2, 2009

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In my latest stash enrichment I made sure to include a couple of skeins of undyed wool. It’s superwash, sock weight. I’ve been wanting to try KoolAid dying for a long time, but never got around to getting the yarn to do it. The process, as I saw it, seemed pretty straightforward. THEN I LOOKED ONLINE…..and saw some of the colors that others were able to obtain with KoolAid and Food Dyes and various processing techniques. Can I just say BEAUTIFUL. This is going to be FUN. My sister is on notice that we will be dying at least one skein of the 2 the next time she comes up for a visit. Who knows, if she’s a good enough sport (or assistant as the case may be) the result may become a pair of obligatory holiday socks….which holiday will depend on how long it takes me to cast on.

This Yarn thing doesn’t stop there, I’ve joined 2 yarn swaps and have been intrigued by 2 others. I’m a bit nervous, never having done any swap type things before, but I’m excited to build packages for my partners and see what they build for me.

Because I want to get it all off of my chest, and come clean with the world on my yarn problem….I have been intrigued by the seeming resurgence of spinning your own yarn. A couple of years ago I started seeing articles and patterns being geared toward handspinners/handspun yarns, and thought that would never be something I would take up. Well, in true fashion for me. Like many things, the more I saw it, the more it intrigued me. So much so that I am thinking of taking off a day sometime later this spring/early summer to take a spinning class at my LYS and learn to use a drop spindle. My goal is to be able to spin up small amounts of yarn (a ball or 2) for things like scarves, hats, socks and mittens. Who knows, I may start dying my own roving then spinning it.