Saturday, October 01, 2005

Great Expectations

I expect to dye this wool.
Not because I need any specific color, or colorways, um, like multi-colored varieties seen at yarn shops or on sites like this or this.
Not because I cannot afford to buy already dyed wool. (altho I do figger I can do it cheaper, if you don't count time as money.)
Not because I plan ever to sell hand dyed wool ever ever ever. Been there done that with cotton and silk threads, not to mention tencel and rayon.
(O, and this is just the wool. I have also stacked up rayon, silk and cotton/rayon mix and just cotton. No pictures. It's too embarrassing. Plus, they don't stack as impressively).

The two varieties of wool pictured are
1. Patons Classic Wool worsted, the very yummiest Merino, (smaller skeins)
223 yards, a dozen skeins. an online bargain at about $4.80 each minus 15%. The sale is passed. Sorry.
2. Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool Aran (containing natural oils which will be washed away prior to dyeing), 465 yards, for $7.82, more or less. Actually Tommy had two 40% off coupons for Joann's and we bought two skeins there the other day.

I only buy white fabric and can be depended upon to dye it, so there is hope for me with the yarn purchases...but really I sell the fabric and don't have ANY PLANS to sell hand dyed yarn. Not with all the hand dyed yarn out there in cyberspace. Geesh.
It is all about CONQUERING THE CHALLENGE OF DYEING. Once I feel I have it down, I will quit. Honestly. I know I can quit anytime. Really.
To test this theory I am going to a yarn store today to see fellow blogger and knitnut Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl McPhee.


Emily and I will be audience members (what a strange place to be when there is a microphone in the room) and I will probably not be called upon to sing much. Unless asked.
I am pledging not to buy yarn today. Even if it is on sale. At 75% off. No coupon required.
I mean it this time.

4 comments:

  1. Boy, do I understand the conquer it and move on thing! I almost want to be there for the process, but dying wool doesn't really interest me that much.
    I saw that Knit's End book at Barne's and Nobles. I also saw this book about hokey quilt making. It was so funny, but I don't remember the name. Maybe you've seen it?

    I love you, big sister. Even if you are a yarn maniac.

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  2. So, um, Melody, how did you do with your "no yarn purchasing" pledge?

    By the way, thanks for holding my place in line while I checked out the bargain bins during the Yarn Harlot visit.

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