My drum carder has not yet arrived but it should be here tomorrow. Although I have been waiting for it eagerly for weeks now I am building angst towards the process. So I would not be surprised if we will be just staring at each other for the coming weeks. But a day will come when I have built enough courage to face failures and then I will get acquainted with it. I had a day like that yesterday.
I have been looking at my dye bottles for a long time and finally decided to have a go. I don’t have a huge fibre stash but I had a fair amount of white Shetland. I was hesitant to play with it, because the fibre was lovely as white and I was afraid of spoiling it. Anyway I pushed away the annoying and persistent what-if voice and calmly proceeded. Ok, so maybe these are not what I was aiming at but all in all I am very happy with them. My greatest concern was that I would felt these fibres in the process and I did not, so that is one thing to be grateful about. Then I took out some merino. And maybe I went a little overboard with it. I was the one who was claiming few weeks ago how tired I am of all these variegated yarns and then I did this. I am having mixed feelings. But there are few spots that I truly like, like this one.Probably this was inevitable, I had to push the limits, but I think I will return to more refined colour scheme. Well, yes, more dyeing in the vicinity. And spinning. And knitting. I have lovely Zetor on the needles. No matter where I look, there is wool just around the corner.
PS. Thank you for all your comments! It would be too soon to write up a pattern for the hat... the whole process was more like a happy accident - although I did thorough preparations - and I need to work a bit more on the fulling to be able to give directions for happy endings.