I had been eagerly anticipating an opportunity to attend the Great Lakes Fiber Show with my parents for at least a month. They had given me a refurbished drum carder as a graduation gift and I wanted to reignite my deep fibernerditude with fiber-fanatic atmosphere. I also needed to diversify my fiber stash to take advantage of my new drum carder. To get “my hand back in” to the spinning world, I’ve been dropspindling some silk hankies (mawatas) that I had purchased a while back.
The steampunk swap wrapped up last week, the box of goodies is even now wending it’s way through time and space to it’s recipient. So this is a back-dated adventure from when I was in the thick of it.
Still hard at work on the steampunk swap, I had an inkling that my spoilee might appreciate yarn in a colorway that resembled crow or raven feathers. Blue Moon Fiber Arts has some amazing “Raven Clan” colorways that were the catalyst for this idea. They are beautiful blacks with dashes of color, almost iridescent. But alas, I’m on a credit-card diet for a while, so I could not indulge my spoilee’s and my desires for this particular yarn. It’s not that it’s over-priced or anything, it’s just that I knew I would not be able to stop myself from buying several beautiful colorways, and that it would quickly get out of hand. Sometimes it’s best for me just to not buy anything, rather than let myself get tempted to add just one more thing, and another, and another.
But I felt that I might be able to achieve something inspired by the crow feathers and the Raven Clan yarns with a funky dye technique using Wilton’s cake frosting tints and roving that I have at home. I had wanted to do this technique for a long time, and my spoilee was giving me just the excuse I needed.
Wilton’s icing colors, like KoolAid, can be used like real yarn dyes to permanently (usually) color mammal-fiber yarns (ie. wool, alpaca).