Category: Dyeing


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Deviating from my regular format to bring you my version of small batch dyeing with a microwave. I dyed the faux cashmere I had spun up, using Cushing’s acid dye in the color “Lavendar”, though I got more of a magenta color.

Dyeing Safety:
Old Clothes
Face Mask – Even non-toxic dust can cause health issues if inhaled.
Gloves
Seperate bowls, utensils, slow cookers and microwave that will only be used for dyeing and NEVER for food use.
Oven Mitts – You will be working with hot water and hot containers!
Natural Dyes are NOT inherently non-toxic! Do thorough research if you choose to experiment with them.

Three Types of Dyeing:
Food Coloring (Kool-Aid, Food Dye, Cake dye)
Commercial Dye (Acid Dyes, Plant dyes)
Natural Dyeing (plants with mordants such as copper, chromium, etc)

Dharmatrading.com – Dyers’ Nirvana
Reduran
Syntrapol

Cushings Dyes, also available from WEBS

If you have any questions about this episode or have any dyeing questions I didn’t cover, please contact me on Ravelry or at kiarapanther at gmail dot com. If I don’t have the answer handy, I will help you find it. I love to do research!

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Day 20 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 18 of the Tour de France. Pre-Orders for the new online game Star Wars: The Old Republic went on sale today. Seattle is still waiting for Summer while the rest of the country finds out how quickly a snowball really melts in hell. This podcast cast series got accepted to iTunes! Finished spinning all the Emotion colorway Bluefaced Leicester fiber and now I only need to ply it and it will be done! Done! DONE!
 
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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Chain-Plying (or Navajo Plying aka N-ply) videos:
How to Navajo Ply: Demystified and Unraveled – the slow motion video at 3:18 is what really made chain-plying “click” for me
Sarah Anderson – Navajo Plying – A good video for perfecting your technique once you have the basics down

Tour de France Stage 18

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 18
Collection of Harps at Museo dell’arpa Victor Silva (Harp Museum in Piasco, Italy)
Photos of the Hautes Alpes Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of Serre Chevalier

For Harp Lovers, I also found a harp musuem in Orlando, Florida:
International Harp Museum

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

Currently Reading: City of Night (Book 2 of The House War) by Michelle West
 
My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album
 
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Day 19 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 17 of the Tour de France. I got another birthday present, a really nice craft bag.

 
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From Tour de Fleece 2011

 
Alpenglow Yarn – New to me source for pin-drafted roving
Creative Options Craftician Bag – I just got one for my birthday from my boyfriend’s mother
Creative Options Large Total Tote – Another bag from Creative Options that could be useful for knitters and crocheters

 
Tour de France Stage 17

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 17
Photos of the Hautes Alpes Department – From France Voyage website
Landscapes of the Hautes-Alpes

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

Currently Reading: The Hidden City by Michelle West

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Day 18 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 16 of the Tour de France. I talk about my three-day “birthday” weekend, Irish Breakfast, Wine and the Zoo. I also review Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings and Laurell K Hamilton’s Hit List.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub – Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue in Washington State
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Red Wolf Conservation at Point Defiance Zoo
Bainbridge Island Wineries
Laurell K Hamilton’s Hit List (Book 20 in the Anita Blake series)
Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings (Book 1 in the Stormlight series)

Tour de France Stage 16

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 16
Photos of the Drome Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of the Hautes Alpes Department – From France Voyage website

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

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Stage 15

I may not be able to upload the video until Monday, but for those of you that want to keep up with the Tour de France, here are the links for Stage 15

Tour de France Stage 15

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 15
Photos of the Aude Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of the Herault Department – From France Voyage website

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

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I wont be recording on Saturday, as I am going to the zoo for my delayed birthday trip.

I review Stage 13 and Stage 14 of the Tour de France and talk more about how to solve my dye mis-adventures. Due to the beauty of the region and the interesting tidbits I found in the Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide, I felt the need to inundate you with a tons of links, mostly to pictures.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

France Voyage – Travel website with tons of pictures organized by region, as well as what looks to be an excellent travel resource.

Tour de France Stage 13

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 13
Photos of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques Department – From France Voyage website
Photo of Bielle and surrounding valley
Google Images of Egyptian Vultures
Photos of the Haute Pyrenees Department from France Voyage website
Hiking in the Haute Pyrenees – Pictures from a Walking Vacation in France’s Pyrenees by James Martin, About.com Guide
Photos of Lourdes – from France Voyage website
Garbure Recipe – Traditional Pyrenean Soup
Gordon Ramsey’s version of Garbure – chicken wings instead of duck comfit

Tour de France Stage 14

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 14
Photos of Haute Garonne from France Voyage
Photos of Ariege from France Voyage
Google Images of Ariege Sheep – because we all need more pictures of sheep in our lives
Prehistoric Art Park – Niaux Caves and Prehistoric Wall Paintings

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

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Day 13 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 12 of the Tour de France. I spend most of the day with my dye pots.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Stage 12 Tour de France Tourist Guide

The Observatory outside Lamongie, France.

Current Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Current Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Current Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Tour de France Stage 10 Tourist Guide

Rose Garden Fibers – My friend that dyed the original blue and green roving

Morning Glory – A movie I enjoyed and which has incorrect descriptions everywhere I look.

Current Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Current Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Completed Dye Project: Blue and Green Superwash Merino to match Blue and Green Superwash BFL, I’ve spun previously, but didn’t get enough yardage

Current Dye Project: Pin-Drafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

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Day 7 of the Tour de Fleece and I got my support spindling mojo back. I also talk about Stage 7 of the Tour de France Tourist Guide and Dyeing safety.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Spinning on Tibetan Spindle video

Fleegle spins on Tibetan Spindle video

Starting a Russian and Park N Draft video – step by step using a support spindle and learning park n draft technique

Tour de France Tourist Guide Stage 7

The petrifying cave in Troo, France

Dharma Trading – Source for dye stuff and things to dye

Current Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Finished Project: Bountiful Harvest

Current Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Future Project: Blue and Green Superwash or Emotion Colorway Superwash

Tour de France Stage 6 Tourist Guide

Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest, State of Washington (TripAdvisor Link)