I figured I should blow the dust off this blog and you know, actually use it! I’m still around, still spinning and dyeing yarn! Mostly these days I can be found at Facebook, I have a page there for my yarn under “Fabulosity Yarn by Joy Hayworth” that anyone can join. In fact, the more the merrier. I’ve been updating my page regularly with photos, shop news, etc.
But I was thinking today, that since Facebook took off in such a huge way there seem to be less blogs available for spinning and dyeing. Maybe I’m not looking in the right place, but I know that when those that I do follow update I get hugely excited to see what they’ve been up to.
My point is, I’m going to try to do better at updating this blog for all things Fabulosity Yarn. I keep an online journal elsewhere and I’m pretty sure my friends are sick and tired of my rambling on and on and on and on (and on!) about the yarn. So, I thought why not come back here and give it the attention it really deserves? I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes.
Right now as of this writing it is July in Montana. July means hot. It also is the time of year when I start working on building inventory for Fall arts and crafts shows, my Etsy store, etc. High temps and a hot kitchen don’t really go hand in hand. This past weekend I decided to give solar dyeing a try and I have not been disappointed for one second!
Solar dyeing is really almost ridiculously easy. I hate to quote that Ron Popeil guy but you really do set it and forget it when it comes to this dye method. I fortunately have some good sized glass jars on hand as wells as others in a variety of sizes that were just sitting there unused. I started out the weekend by layering some merino roving in a gallon glass jar and sprinkling a rainbow of acid dye colors over it. By the end of the day the dye had all absorbed/exhausted and the water was clear. Success!
Sunday, entirely encouraged by the results of day 1, I grabbed a pound of Romney fleece that I scoured a couple weeks ago and smushed it into more jars with dye, hot water and vinegar. As you can see, the rainbow theme carried through the weekend! Again at the end of the day I was thankful for almost 100 degree temps and a much cooler kitchen.
Also on Sunday I dyed two 8-ounce bundles of faux cashmere in gallon jars. These babies were so hot at the end of the day I needed oven mitts to get them back in the house! That’s the thing, be careful if you do this! Water heated by the sun in a glass jar is hot and broken glass is not good so, you know, caution!
All that fiber now drying, I shifted my focus to sock yarn. This morning before leaving for the day job I put six skeins out to solar dye, I am admittedly dorking out about getting home tonight to see what results I will get! One of the hardest things about having a day job and still trying to be a spinner/dyer is that I am often struck by inspiration when at work and unable to do much if anything about it. The knowledge that I’m still getting something done on the yarn front while I’m working my day job is oddly soothing.
As long as the hot temps last, solar dyeing is going to be a part of my routine. It’s all about finding the silver lining, apparently! 🙂