I celebrated my birthday this week. I was tempted to get myself a new wheel for my birthday; but, there isn't really much wrong with the old one except a few things that I find bothersome (oh, Lendrums, why must you rely on rubberbands to function?)...I might still get a new wheel at some point, but for now I will stick with the one I have--reliance on rubberbands and all. I was considering the wheel because I have been doing a crazy amount of spinning lately.
So yes, my birthday (was good, I got lots of crafty books and a pocket video camera, because who doesn't love a camera that fits into one's pocket?). There were others celebrating anniversaries of living this week as well. I remain convinced that May is *the* month to be born as some pretty incredible women I know celebrate their birthdays this month (Risa and Rangsiwan celebrate the same day as I do!). A very good friend of mine from college celebrates the day before I do. Let's call her Kathy, mostly because that is her name. Anyways, for Christmas last year, Kathy gave me a kilo of New Zealand Perrendale wool (that is like two pounds). It was gorgeous undyed fiber screaming for dye. And a local friend has a dyeing studio in her basement.
So I dyed it. All of it.
I was pretty pleased. There was one 4 ounce bit that came out with some unfortunate tinting, but I will make it work.
When Kathy came to town for a visit recently, I told her that I was giving her some of the fiber she gave me for Chistmas for her birthday--but dyed and spun (some would call that gauche, I call it industrious), she loved the dyed wool. So truly, it's the gift that keeps on giving (family, take note).
I hope she likes the handspun yarn. I told her I would try to spin it at worsted weight--that's what she asked for (which is a little bit of a challenge for me at the moment...everything I spin wants to be sport or dk). I think it was pretty; but, obviously, I am a wee bit biased. Oh look, novamade yarn (literally!) in Spring Dream.
Some of the other wool I dyed has a high degree of fabulosity as well. Novamade dyed perrendale in Autumn Day (ohai, I like to name things with seasons!).
I love dyeing wool and spinning it up. I did promise K that we would not have a dyeing studio in or near our house though. Apparently, the dyeing studio was the craft line he was just not willing to cross. Considering all of the crafty equipment that is taking up space in our house right now, I sort of don't blame him.
At Maryland Sheep and Wool, I bought almost 3 pounds of undyed superwash merino (I also met up with friends and readers, hi!). I am not even going to bother putting up a picture of the fiber...undyed white wool, ooh. It's a good thing my friend, NueroKnitter lives around the corner and told me that I could use her studio anytime!