Before we went a travelling I put some avocado pitts and skins in an ammonia solution to ferment preparatory to dyeing. You are supposed to get a rosy pink from the pitts and skins...........
Well the instructions said to leave for at least a week, so I thought that leaving it a bit longer would only create more colour! We have some nettles fermenting for garden feed which is smelly, but not even close to ammonia fermented avocado!! If you have smelt nettles you might have some idea what the smell was like when I took the lid off the jar if you multiply by 100 at least. Mr S is not amused and I have to say the smell is currently beating the air freshener hands down...
Currently I have some mordant fibre simmering in the solution but there doesn't seem to be much colour transferring to the fibre yet - I may add some just wetted fibre to see if the alum mordant wasn't necessary! But be warned this is a real pongy one!
For the last two weeks of June we went a travelling for two things: one was a day at Wimbledon and the second was to collect a new acquisition......
A Herring Alpha - which to my amazement folds! It really is a wheel before its time.......... All metal and very light - the treadle is tucked up behind and swings round for spinning!
Here she is ready to spin
and a bit fuzzy close up of the flyer
Now it is July so it must be Tour de France/Fleece and like many other Ravellers I have been dutifully spinning every day. In Chez Sassy me spinning for a lot of the day isn't a problem as Mr S is a keen cycling fan and is happy for me sit next to him as he immerses himself in all things bikes.
Progress so far:
Day One was done at the North Somerset Fleece Fair, so not all my own work
Day Two I plied some BFL/Ramie Blend that I have oven dyed with Wild Raspberry and Wombat dry powder as an experiment.
Day Three I finished plying
Day Four: I spun and watched the Team Time Trial (I also watched some tennis too!)
For the next few days I shall be spinning some SCF that I got in a detash - 230 grams of Polwarth called Eric