Monday, August 20, 2007

On drying the dyeing

It was a wee bit overcast when Marianne and Maisie came over to dye on Friday but, as you can see (and there's a much better picture here) it was dry enough to put the skeins out on the washing line...

As you can see, we steam set the skeins. Liz likens this stage to cumberland sausages and those little steamed cloths you get in Indian restaurants. But, well, this one reminded us of something far less savoury. Or, as Marianne put it: "What would Gillian McKeith make of this one?"

Unfortunately, I decided that it would be a good idea to leave my yarn on the line overnight. Huge mistake. It ended up even wetter than when it went out, necessitating a long spell in the airing cupboard.

But what's a girl to do when even the airing cupboard isn't drying things? Clearly these skeins needed to be hung up to air, with a little help from my monkeys:

Having done such sterling work in finally gettting the yarn dry, I gave in to the monkeys' request to look after everything that emerged from the cauldron on Friday.

My favourites are the lengths of nylon velvet ribbon which you might just about be able to make out, as I've coiled them onto spools. But Graham has fallen in love with the 100% silk on the right.

7 comments:

Rosie said...

NB the silk yarn is on the right. I've tried editing this post about 4 times but no joy yet. No doubt there will soon be multiple copies of this post...

Heather said...

Fabulous colours! I am very impressed, the monkeys look like they were very helpful too :-)

fluffbuff said...

Cheerful colors! Love the monkey helpers. :)

ambermoggie said...

wonderful colours

picperfic said...

my goodness Rosie...you've dyed everything! I can't wait to knit with the pretty yarn we made! Glad you got it dry in the end...Imanaged to dry mine mostly on the line when we got in, then remembered to bring it in when I was just off to bed...I then draped it over dining room chairs and in the morning it was dry, I love it! Thank you for having us....looking forward to our next 'meet'

Fred said...

I'm coming over there to cut it all with my scissors to chop it all up. On another note can you drop me an e-mail. ;-)

The Mushroom said...

Hi Rosie ! You have done a wonderful work ! The colors are "magnifiques" !
I love the monkey too ;-)