There won’t be a real Fair this year, but there will be a virtual fair. I’ve just been pleasing myself so far this year with the dyeing, but tonight I took inventory in preparation of making a virtual display. Not shown are an orange topaz and a sapphire which are still drying.
Working on peridot today. It appears to be too dark and green. No matter… lots of white fiber exists in the world, I can improve.
Here we are so far, January (garnet), February (amethyst), March (emerald), May (aquamarine).
The garnet’s a bit too orange and the emerald a bit too blue, but I can do better next time.
This came out bluer than I wanted, so I overdyed with more green today. If someone had asked me, “Are you dyeing?” I would have said, “No! I’m OVER-DYEING!” GET IT?? A dyeing pun that for once is not about death!
This makes ten skeins in the current “season”, though I have only four in custody, having sent six out into the world.
Olive green on the right is the new addition.
But moving on to jewel tones… here’s my amethyst:
Two completed, ornate, MATCHING sleeves.
We do a lot of meetings at work with video, now. Still nobody can see me knit below the camera. They probably think I’m looking at a phone.
Enough with the subtlety and the neutrals; this shit just got jewel-toned.
Something completely different, a nice neutral I call “Honey Blonde.”
Just 26 days ago, that skein you see me holding was running around the barn.
That’s what I love about my hobby; not any particular step or action or outcome, but the overall transformation.
BTW I declared victory over S’E2S’E. Ten projects, a nice book and tote bag.
I didn’t realize #8 looked so much like #7.
After shearing I could hardly wait to wash and dye (and spin) Janet. So I started the very next day! I didn’t like the saturation levels of my results. I was using formulas from Greener Shades and being very exact, and I double-double-checked the formulas, so I don’t know why they came out so pale. What you see above was doctored with additional yellow (on the left) and orange (on the right). The one on the left has some severe splotches, but I blended up the one on the right a bit better.
I really didn’t like either color at first, even after the doctoring, but they’ve grown on me a little.
You can see in the background that biking season has been inaugurated as well as dyeing season.
No new COVID deaths were reported in Vermont today, and the number hospitalized has dropped to single-digits.