Would you believe?

I had a feeling this morning, an inkling of a memory. A little dig through the This is Knit blog told me that Dublin Dye has been around for 6 years now, as of last weekend!  I was thinking it’s been 5, the time has flown by…

YarnAndTheLiffey

So wander over to the This is Knit blog to read about Dublin Dye’s first outing at the Dockland’s festival in 2008.  I think we’ve come a long way since then!

Weave, Spin, Dye

I was at the AGM for the  Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers last week. It’s… possibly not the place to be if I don’t plan to learn to spin. I say that, because I came home with this.

spindle roving

At the end of the meeting, one of the guild members passed me a drop spindle. I’d made a comment on Twitter about a bit of extra roving from my last dye session. It’s only 25 grams, so not enough to sell really.  So it’s been decided for me that it’s time. I’m going to have to learn to spin.

Oh and thanks Cathy, it’s just the push I need 🙂

Frolic with Fibre: Spinning for Dublin Dye Co

I asked for some volunteers recently to spin some new BFL fibre I’d tried dyeing. I was hoping for some feedback from real spinners, and not just my own ‘it still feels soft and didn’t rinse out any colour’ analysis.  What I got back from Diane was much more than I expected, so I asked if she minded making it a blog post.  With that, I introduce our first ever guest blogger: Diane from Dublin Knit Collective!

When the Dublin Dye Co. called out for spinners to take their dyed roving for a test spin in “Do You Spin?”, I enthusiastically waved my hand up in the air yelling, “YES! Pick me! Pick me!”

And so…I was one of the lucky spinners to receive 25g of superwash BFL roving from Yvonne.

Blue faced leicester is my favourite fibre and in its roving form, it is my choice when teaching beginners to handspin.

fibre

Fibre Preparation: The roving was very soft, and there were no patches or areas of felting noted along the length of the sliver. The main two colours in this roving sample had saturated in various tones throughout the fibres during the dyeing process. Pulling apart the roving lengthwise was very easy as I made up strip of fibre for pre-drafting, which was done with very little effort.

spindle

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Handspinning the BFL roving was a dream with a my non-balanced homemade drop spindle. The dye remained on the fibres and did not run onto my fingers.
Here is 25g of BFL, WPI of 12 = 4 ply / worsted weight

ply

I soaked the new plyed yarn in a warm bath of Eucalan for 20 minutes and the colour did
not run. 23 metres of this lovely yarn is skeined up and being admired for now until I find a knitting project for it….

final yarn

Dublin Dye Co. Superwash BFL roving, hand spun on Diane’s wonky homemade drop spindle.

Spin, spin, spinning!

Remember last year I asked for some people to spin some roving?  Well the results are in.  The samples I sent off found loving homes and turned into little skeins of yarn like this.

spinning

Nerissa said “the whole time I was spinning it I kept wishing that there I had more to spin!”  I’m definitely taking that as a good thing.

I dyed some more last weekend, and since then I have found myself wandering around the house pulling little bits of fibre between my fingers, twisting them into tiny threads of yarn. My daughter (three and a half) has adopted some as a pet. I think that’s another good sign.  I can feel my ‘I don’t spin’ resolve slowly seeping away. But I just gave in to the quilting, maybe that will distract me for a while?

Anyway, I present the first (hopefully of many) new thing from Dublin Dye this year.

vampire roving

The roving, along with a few skeins of sock yarn, have been added to the Etsy shop. We’re still having our MERRYCHRISTMAS sale on for 3 more days too! Finally, if you tune in tomorrow when we’ll have a guest post from Diane at the Dublin Knit Collective about her sample spinning. See you then 🙂

Do you spin?

I don’t. I’ve made a conscious decision not to spin, because I just don’t have the time. I don’t have the time for the hobbies I have already!  Of course I’m completely ignoring this logic when it comes to my desire to quilt, but that’s different. I’ve already got a sewing machine, and that makes it ok, right?

That said, at the suggestion of a few friends and customers I got some roving and dyed it. But how am I to know if it’s good? Does it spin well? Does the colour come off in your hands? Does it come apart too easily or not easily enough?

roving small

That’s where you come in. I’d like a few spinners to try it out for me.  I’ll send you about 25g of superwash BFL fibre (free!) and you agree to spin it sometime soon, then get back to me with your opinion.  Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is!  So leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch.  If there’s more people than roving I might even do a little draw.

I’d also like to hear from spinners on how you’d like the fibre to be dyed… short repeats or long? Or no repeats at all? Lots of colour or tonal?  I’m totally open ideas!

ETA I should stick an end date on this.  I’ll select people on Wednesday the 4th of December.   I’ll hopefully post to people on Friday.