Friday, April 14, 2006


4 days off ,hmmm now to work at home getting all the boys mess under control!!!!!
But not until I have done a bit of wool dyeing first........

This time I've done the dipped ball method described by someone(can't remember sorry) on their site.I was intrigued, so after soaking the wool in vinegar for....a week...yes a week!!! (I didn't have time as we were busy at work!) I squeezed the excess out and rested them end up into the dye bath, let the dye soak up for a few minutes then zapped in the micowave for 10 minutes, 5 at a time to make sure the wool at the top didn't dry out! I like to make sure so do the extra time cooking.

This is the other colourway that I tried! This time as soon as the first colour(green) was cooked I dipped the balls the other way up into a yellow though not as much as the green as I wanted to keep some white showing.It was hot too......

These dye efforts will be streaky patterns and can't wait for them to dry so I can ball them up and start.

The wool is Cleckheaton country 8ply, its lovely and soft(especially after bathing in the vinegar so long) and resonably cheap from my LWS. I couldn't wait for Bendigo to send an order but will be ordering next time as I have so many things going at the moment that to dye more now would be asking for trouble! Besides the wool is cheaper at Bendigo and machine washable!

And here we have the latest efforts, I think they are going to be pretty!

I really need a niddy noddy, today, not next week, so after taking kids to movies to see Ice Age 2(and DH) I am going to hunt through his wood pile and make one up!(And Bunnings are open today in Kal,so convenient for a movie day,he he he he he)

This week has been really full, I took a quick trip after work(kids are out early on Tuesdays) to Bunnings and florist as the so called flowers that the florist sent out for the Anzac Ceremony at school were all green filler! I had ordered natives with a bit of fill but all green? Also these green bits looked like they would wreck the foam as the school council kids put them in!

So off to Bunnings for chicken wire to wrap foam Anzac Letter shapes and the other florist in Burt St Boulder,( Kalgoorlie and Boulder were two cites and have grown over the years to join up as one KalgoorlieBoulder, though Boulder is almost a suburb) .... BIG Breath, where was I.... Oh,I needed some sort of floral colour in case the school gardens couldn't bear enough, hence trip to see them ( Red on Red florist, lovely lady)

I was up till 11 o'clock that night doing the chicken wire bit as they were needed next morning at 8, and then I had to prepare something for the morning tea for the special guests, only because I offered and ddidn't expect to be chasing chicken wire! It was late by the time I got to the last couple of bits of foam that I grabbed the kitchen scissors as they were quicker than the pliers.

Worth it though, the gardens beared heaps of native Grevilleas and wattle and yellow gum flowers that everyone including myself were stoked at the result .All my efforts were appreciated and the buttermilk scones were great with compliments abound( my flags are really flying here!_ Oh and the school camera died so in I trooped with my new beauty and saved the day......

Looky at this, the lawns are trim and green and it was a beautiful day..........

I'm off to get ready for the movies, have a Great Easter and don't eat Toooo many choccies......

Ps I have joined the One skein group too, that will be fun!!!!! I chose this button as it is lovely,hand spun, looks unique and simply 'cause I love the colours!


  1. love the dip-dyed yarn! cant wait to see it all knit up ^_^

  2. HI ,I couldn't help it and have started on the green ones!Interestingly enough, it appears they will be a swirl around down the sock pattern.
    Keep watch and I will post a photo in the next couple of days when they are long enough for a good shot!

  3. Love the idea of dying in the ball. Look forward to seeing the results. :)