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Friday
Jan142011

Dye Day

I'm trying to be a little more regular with my fiber dyeing. Today's 1.5 pound batch is a mix of fibers and colors.

The first is 8 ounces of turquoise blue bunch of bits and bobs from the bottom of the mill end boxes. I'll probably card them into smooth, soft batts when they're done. They look like blue brains right now...mmm...brains!

The second is 8 ounces of another attempt at the first colorway I developed. Every time I try to dye this, it turns out differently, as in unrecognizable compared to the first time. Mr. Yarn Geek purchased me a scale that weighs grams, so now I weigh out all the dye powders instead of eyeball the amounts.

The third pot is 8 ounces of a brand new colorway I've been working on, which I'll keep secret for now as to not spoil the surprise. There were interesting results when it was tried on little bits and pieces, so now is the real test on good fiber.

Wednesday
Jan122011

Nifty New Site for Teaching, Cool!

I just signed up on Betterfly.com which is a nifty little site I heard about on Facebook today. It allows people who have certain skills, such as mad spinning skills like me, to be found by other people who want to learn said skills. I signed up as a crochet, knitting, and spinning instructor. We'll see how it goes.

When you sign up you can customize your page with as little or as much information as you would like. Decide what you want to teach and then make a class listing with a short description and the price you would like to be paid. Make arrangements for how you would like to be paid and then go to the calendar and set up times you are available. You can upload pictures and other resources for people to look at to help them decide if you are the teacher for them. Pretty nifty right?!

To learn more about Betterfly, click on the Betterfly widget to the right. Now to wait for my first student...maybe it's you?

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