What is a girl to do though if she only has one white sheep (that this year was combined with 40% angora -YUM), and no wool left to dye?
Da ta ta ta!!! I visited (electronically) Paradise Fibers and bought a pound of BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) blended with 20% Tussah silk (that's the wild stuff). I also purchased a few different colors of Country Classics dye to play with. Now I chose two of the colors because I needed them to dye mohair for Waldorf dolls, and the two blues particularly for this project.
What I had in mind was a blend of light blue, a vibrant turquoise blue and a warm brown. I mixed up the dyes and was a little on the
I didn't take any photos of the handpainting the roving process because I had on rubber gloves and well, I was making a mess frankly. But here is what it looked like after it dried...
The bump in the middle front is what it looks like after drying, the other two I drafted slightly. Note the incredibly beautful luster/sheen the silk gives the roving.
That darker brown was what I was going for, but when I drafted the roving a bit it diluted.
Closeup of its shiney-ness.
Singles on the bobbin. This spun up like a dream....smooth and, well, silky.
Here is how it turned out as a two-ply yarn. Not bad!
The brown definitely looks grey.
But I think I like it anyway.
I found out that I really enjoy playing with color and already was coming up with more color combinations. Will have to slowly invest in some dyes to satisfy that craving! I will be much bolder with the amount of dye I put into the stock solution also. But, I did get the process down and learned a bunch.
The BFL & Silk combination is incredible. The roving took dye well, it didn't felt after being soaked, steamed and rinsed, and spun up ever so nice. It can't ever replace Shetland but I really appreciate its versatility for dyeing. It is really, really soft too...