Rocking Circle P

Rocking Circle P is my small farm in Northeastern rural Utah. We're a small fruit, nut and fiber farm.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


All you adventurous fiber addicts need to try this.

We did this dyeing at our Winter Retreat and I just love the effects on the yarn. Let me see if I can talk you through this.

I did not make up the dye cups, but it was just like what is done at Easter time. Make up a bunch of cups full of dye for eggs. That's what we had only they were bigger cups and a syringe was put with each cup. We used RIT 39 cent dye from Wally World. You wind you're yarn or roving in a ball. So you have this nice little ball of fiber. Place a large piece of saran wrap underneath it on the table or counter. You are going to wrap the fiber in it so it must be large enough to cover the ball on all sides, or use 2 pieces. Then you pick the colors you want and suck up some dye and squirt it into the ball of yarn/fiber. Be sure to turn it over and inject the bottom and don't forget the sides either. You can be as crazy as you want to be, or not, if you are frightened of the outcome. Wrap it up in the saran wrap and nuke it for, I think they said 3 minutes, 1 minute at a time. We did not have access to a microwave so we steamed it for about 15 minutes, like it was the dinner vegetables. Bring it out and let it cool for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly in warm water. You have to be real careful with the roving balls not to felt the fiber, but the yarn balls are less likely to felt, so we were pretty aggressive with the rinsing and squishing the water out of the ball of yarn. It was wound onto the niddy noddy to dry. I will be plying it tonight, but I'll take pictures of it before and after the 2 ply. I think it turned out really pretty. I did learn....... I went crazy with the injection process. There was a lot of dye at the bottom of the ball of yarn which made the yarn lighter on top and darker as you go down toward the bottom, but, because the yarn had been balled up by a ball winder, it goes light then dark as the strand of yarn passes from the top to the bottom of the ball. Hope the visual on this makes better sense than the words. I don't have any pictures of the ball before it was rinsed or even before it was wound on the niddy noddy. Oh, also, we presoaked our balls of yarn before we injected the dye in just plain warm water. You would probably get a different effect if you did not presoak. I'll try and put pictures on the blog this afternoon. Keep checking. Try it, it's great fun. Almost therapeutic.

After trying to ply this on itself, I decided I did not like the effects. It just turned it into a raglan. This yarn is plyed and balanced, but very fine, guesing lace weight. That's what we will have to work with.

Drying on niddy noddy.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Winter Retreat Update

What a wonderful time I had at the Winter Retreat. The only thing that would have made it better was not having to be late because I had to shovel out a foot of snow around my house. ARGGGG!

I was able to finish this yarn. This is the black fiber I have been spinning and I have plyed it with some of the mohair from our goats. This is headed your way Sis.

Here are some of the prizes I received at the retreat. Hauled quite a stash.

The Sage Faulkland, right was dyed while I was at the Retreat. The mystery Brown fiber is some sort of wool.

Couldn't wait to start spinning this fiber, the colors are different, but I like it. The brown fiber reminds me of maybe Shetland or Alpaca blended with something. The fibers are long and don't have the springy feel of wool. Should be interesting to spin.

Last but not least is a pretty yellow box to hold a spindle and fiber or knitting needles. I think I will use it to hold the needles.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Fiber Stuff - Spinning

Here is the fiber I have been spinning. It's really nice finished. I don't even know what it is. Black Wool. That's about all I can tell you. My lovely neighbor gave me this black wool. He wants a pair of socks. Gosh how can I refuse. The fiber on the left is finished, the one on the right needs the twist set and you can see I have about another 4 oz on the bobbin. Then I have 3 4oz rovings to spin. There is some vegetable matter in this roving and it's kind of slow going at times, but I could not refuse a natural black.

A nice 2 ply

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

What have you been doing?

I've been acting like a Mommy. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep him or let my kids have him. This is Wookie. He is about 5 weeks old now and still requires that 2:00 or 3:00 am feeding to make it through the night. He's a Chihuahua, Pomeranian mix.

With all the duties of motherhood, I've been lucky to spin just a bit. Knitting is out of the question, so I'm still working on Ron's socks.
I'll post a picture of the black wool I've been spinning.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Felting Bags

Finished projects always feel sooooo good. Here is my first Oregon Tote after it was felted and then I knit another one for my other sister.

I changed the pattern just a bit to make it more of a purse. I like how the stripes turned out except in the first attached icord does not show well. That's the green stripe with the flecks of pink. Also on the 2nd bag I used vinegar to soak it in to hold the colors. The salmon pink has faded just a bit, but still looks nice with the bag. The lighter color is actually a pale pink. In the first bag the light green was the pale pink, oops!

This was great fun and I'll do it again soon. My purse is looking to be replaced.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Christmas is over and I survived!

I've travelled, I've been gone, I've knitted and I've napped. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to be a better blogger. It begins today.

I've finished a few projects and started others, but the good camera was unavailable so no pictures yet. Maybe tonight I can upload a few. Here is one of the newest projects. Socks for my youngest son Ron. Used Patons Kroy sock yarn so he can machine wash and dry them.