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01 May 2011

Red letter day

Red numbers, too.

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And so it begins, Project Spectrum 5: The Basics.

On Saturday, I measured and wound nearly 200 little balls of eight different types of yarn (variations on the themes of fiber and weight) in preparation for Project Spectrum. Almost all of them are still waiting to be wound and tied into little mini skeins of yarn for various dyeing experiments.

Hopefully, these little experiments will develop and become more sophisticated over the next several months -- as I become more comfortable with the whole process. For now, I'm very excited to have a) tied one skein of each type of yarn, b) mixed up some dye, c) calculated some calculations, and b) turned this bare yarn red -- Fire Red! -- and without turning too much of anything else red in the process. (I wore a red shirt).

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It's also Macro May!

Next week, I plan to pull out the dye pot again and try something else. I hope to riff on PS with the dye pot about three times each month, trying different recipes, techniques and ideas, before deciding on how to dye the skein of yarn that I have set aside for each month/color and choosing an appropriate project. I sort of tried to do that in advance, but I think it's one of those things that's just going to have to happen; hopefully, I'll "hear some voices" and figure it out.

Outside of gathering materials, that's pretty much how I've approached the whole project -- figuring it out as I go along.

What's going to happen next!?

"1, 2, 3 Red Light" by bubblegum band of my youth, 1910 Fruitgum Company!

 

Comments

Sounds like a great approach to PS. I'm psyched for Macro May again, too.

Oh! The 1910 Fruitgum Company! I had nearly forgotten about them! What fun. And what a fun way to begin Project Spectrum. Can't wait to see what you do with The Basics.

ooh, i can't wait to see the results of this!

The LYS has some natural dyes on hand and I may just join you in some May red dye Madness fun. Must dig out the white yarn and do some figuring. PS5 is going to keep us busy.

Ooh, love this, V. Can't wait to see how this evolves over the weeks/months of PS. So glad you are along for the ride :)

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