Tuesday, December 06, 2005

My blue heaven...in the quest for the perfect blue I have dyed these beauties....

Dyeing continues to thrill me. Here is a run of purple and green shading to turquoise. Melanie ( http://www.melanietesta.com/mtype/ )and I discussed using LWI versus direct dyeing, but I still enjoy the immediacy of direct dyeing. Maybe LWI is in my future!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

My latest batch of scarves is here being guarded by my kitten Sha, placed here for relative scale. He's about six months old, and of the same relative softness as the velvet on the scarves. Too much fun! Now I have to figure out which ones I want to keep and which ones I want to sell or give away as gifts. Decisions decisions. If you want one sent me an e-mail, jeri.riggs@verizon.net.I'm selling them for $30, including postage, in the continental US. And now back to my current knitting project which of course revolves around knitting up a vest in white rayon chenille and then dying that. I've been having so much fun with dying all of the scarves, I now have some more ideas about color combinations. I just wish I could knit faster! More on that later.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Colors used included evergreen, chartreuse, intense blue, mixing red, golden yellow, and deep purple. Not all at once of course! That would probably give me a very rich and deep mud. Which might not be such a bad idea for next time! I can see how this would become like p�t� chips you can't eat just one..

Here are some of my most recent scarf extravaganzas... the colors are even more intense in the sunlight because the rayon reflects the light so richly.

Velvet Scarf Obsession

After being gifted with a beautiful silk and velvet scarf by Deb Lacativa, (http://morewgalo.blogspot.com )I got to thinking how much fun it would be try my own hands at dyeing some scarves. Here is a picture of my first batch. Oh my goodness it was so exciting to play with all the colors!! and see what comes out. I had to do some research to find out where to get a source for different scarves and figure out how much dye powder to put in, and develop a procedure for actually doing the dyeing and hanging them up to dry. Deb was immensely helpful to me in answering some of my questions, and generously sharing her process. The results were so exciting I can't wait to go do some more. Now I know what everybody on my gift list is getting for the holidays, if I can bear to part with any of them!.