Here’s a shot of my newest clover lamb in progress This little guy will most likely be in the shop tomorrow.
The color is even more of an eye-hurter in person. It’s one of my hand-dyed and I LOVE it! I used Jacquard Acid Dyes which are great. (Turquoise and Kelly Green are screamers like this one, too.) The fuchsia is so loud that finding coordinating colors is a real challenge. But setting up design problems like this is one of my favorite parts of making softies.
After crocheting this little guy I have less than half a skein of worsted weight left. Since I dyed it awhile ago I’ve purchased fingering weight and roving from KnitPicks and a HUGE canning pot for the stove. If it isn’t too hot here in Chicago I think this will be a dyeing weekend. I’m going to see how it goes when I dye all three yarns together. I’m hoping that I will be able to get all three fibers dyed evenly at the same time. If it works I will be able to do things like make animals with fluffy heads that match the rest of their body. Back in the day I used eyelash and furry yarns, but now it’s important to me to used as many natural materials as possible, so I’ve turned to wool roving instead. The thing I miss about these yarns is the long wispy fibers, though. I need to find a way to give this effect with Peruvian highland wool. I guess I could use Leicester top but it’s a lot more expensive. Maybe I should spin the roving loosely? Then I’d need to learn how to use a drop spindle! Good thing learning new fiber crafts is one of my favorite things too
In other news…I think I mentioned before that I am on Lyrica for my headaches. My neurologist said that the goal for my treatment is a 70% reduction in pain, which sounds pretty good to me. The new med is definitely taking me in that direction. But it’s making me blow up like a balloon It has me thinking about food all the time and I’m struggling with making good choices too. I’ve got a huge bowl of berries on the kitchen table right now, which is helping, but it’s not enough. I’ve had trouble with my weight since I was a very young girl. For now I think my best attitude is to be OK with my size 16 body. That’s a real challenge, but if I dress well, do my hair and put on a bit of makeup I think I’ll feel better.