I recently had a blast hanging out with Tanja from The Knitting Swede. She opened up shop last year selling hand dyed yarns and has been designing knitting patterns since 2008. Recently she started dyeing fiber for spinning and she showed me how she does it and let me help out! I made sure to take copious pictures so I could share it.
This went to soak while we mixed up the dyes.
I got to help out with the dilution. My years working on a chemistry degree finally paid off.
Next came the squirting, I mean precision dye application. I helped here as well. I never realized how daunting staring at bare fiber could be, but it all turned out well.
Then it got wrapped up in plastic ready to be heated.
It got nice and cooked and looked like this.
Now that its all dry it turned out beautifully.
This very top is on sale on the Knitting Swede’s website as Christine. All the proceeds from this sale will go to Cancer Research UK. Both of us have had out lives impacted by this disease and we want to do something to help other people affected by cancer.