uplanned happy dying

I swear the yarn made me do it… I wanted to leave it alone and think about my options but the yarn wouldn’t let me… dyyyeee meeeeeee it said… boohoooo I said… the yarn won… the dying happened… the happiness of color spread through the house… my cat ate a fly.. πŸ™‚

Enough with the excuses… I’m an impatient woman. I want things done and I want it yesterday. And so after some research I decided to just go for it.. the trick would be not to spend any money on it.. I want to dye with natural plants and spices I have at home. I have to cats and I don’t want to stress about what happens to anybody. So the first thing I bumped into was my huge jar of curcuma. I’m persian.. I have a lot of curcuma πŸ˜› sooooo this is how it happened:

spinning first yarn :D

my first handspun 48 (lol yea) grams of alpaca fleece turned into yarn

first handspun dye

the curcuma, water and yarn went into the pot

first handspun dye

after an hour or so of simmering this is what came out

first handspun dye

its shiny and yello πŸ™‚ mustard yello πŸ˜€

first handspun dye

So this got me thinking right…I still have a 100gram of superfine merino lying around and I’d like to try some other colors. So I decided to try something out. I three cups with different spices and filled them with hot water. Tomorow I’m going to see if they will add color to a bit of fluff or not.

first handspun dye

from left to right: sumac, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. I stirred it once and let it soak. I might add some ground saffron to the mix just to see what happens πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see if they work or not πŸ™‚

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