Dec 15

Because I was gone all day Saturday, which is my scheduled day to record my podcast, I recorded it yesterday, edited it and got it into the upload to YouTube mode by about 9:30 last night.  It is still uploading.  Sheesh!  I need to do more research into compressing video files.  if any of you know a good program for this, please let me know.

I tried to knit for a bit yesterday, but was just not in the mood.  So, I washed the rest of that Shetland fleece from the ewe named Amy.

clean Shetland

Isn’t this beautiful?  It is so soft!  I put this link on Facebook, but if you want to learn something about Shetland wool and the traditional lace spun and knitted from it, this is a great video.

This next weekend, I’ll cook down the yellow onion skins I have been saving and, using alum as the mordant, I’ll dye this fleece and get it ready for the drum carder.  I want to blend it and diz it off into a roving for spinning.  I think it is going to be beautiful.  There are some areas of darker gray in this that you can’t see and I want to be careful at not letting it blend too much so I can get those nice gradients in the finished roving.  What do you think?

I had drawn grids several years ago with a black gutta resist on silk and decided that I was in the mood to experiment and play with color.  So I took each primary and did the tints and shades by 10% increments, then mixed the remaining tint and shade solutions in an opposing manner (10% with 90%, 20% with 80% and so on), then I mixed that primary with the two others in 10% increments.

So, Yellow:

yellow grid

Cyan:

blue grid

And Magenta:

red grid

Man!  Yellow is only yellow unless something else is added.  Even 10% of something else like black, cyan or magenta and it is no longer yellow.  Blue can still seem blueish until you get further along in the other primary additions, but Magenta!  Magenta is magenta down to the last on the yellow or blue additions.  I know the red dyes are the strongest and have a tendency to take over the other dues, but this just proves how much that really is so.

rainbow grid

The last I did (there were 4 grids on one long piece of silk) was started at yellow, went through cyan, went on to magenta, then back to yellow.  Then I did two triads (primary and secondary) and then complimentaries.  The extra areas with the dots were me playing around with wet dye on wet fabric (the rest were wet on dry) using one drop of some of the dyes to see how far it would flow.  There were two white square left over, so I just left them.  A very interesting experiment and just the tip of the iceberg on this color study business.  I have several other grids all prepped and ready to see where I can take this and see what I can learn.

I hope all of you had a great weekend!