Typepad (my blogging service) was down for several days due to a malicious attack. We're back, and I have a fair bit to catch up on:
I finished knitting the Fiber Trends felted clogs and gave them an initial felting last night:
I used the instructions for a narrow foot, and they worked really well. I think they are still a bit on the large side for men's US9 but because they are a gift I am reluctant to felt them further in case they get too small! There's no going back from too small.
So trying to decide if we should give them as-is and then felt them a little further when the recipient can actually wear them as they dry, or wing it and try to get them to the correct size on spec so we can sew the soles on before gifting.
While I ponder that, I can report on this interesting experiment: My younger son and I tried dyeing some wool roving with our leftover Easter egg dyes and something really weird happened:
We sprinkled the leftover dyes over the wool as you see above, then wrapped it in plastic and microwaved it to steam set the dye.
When it came out, it looked like this:
That is not what we were expecting!
It looks a lot like the yarn I tried to dye with Wilton's black some years ago, and the same thing happened with the dye components: the pink absorbed readily and quickly, the green-yellow set a little bit, and almost ALL of the blue stayed in the water no matter how long we steamed it. It was just bizarre. (Also annoying, because we wanted the cool speckled roving seen in the first picture, but oh well!)
I've dyed yarn roving with leftover Easter egg dye before, but I'd always used the Paas Easter egg tablets. This time we used regular food colouring, and that stuff is clearly not as predictable! Must remember that for next year.
I'll still spin up the roving and see how it looks. Will probably card it with some white first to soften that harsh pink - I am really not a fan of that colour!