It all started when the hollyhocks bloomed.
I didn’t want to miss it this year. I always forget to pluck them until it’s too late and then I don’t have anything to dye with. Well, I got the Boogie Girl out there plucking and she got me this:
And then I figured while I had the alum out, I should just soak a ton of fiber and go on a natural dyeing spree.
Left to right: Shetland dyed with Cochineal, Merino/Cashmere dyed with Cochineal and hollyhock, Shetland Handspun dyed with Hollyhock, Merino/Cashmere dyed with hollyhock:
I didn’t have enough petals to get a good red, and I over heated the batch. My crock pot is a little over enthusiastic. The next time I’m waiting until I have a ton of blossoms and I’ll be sure to put in a different pot to heat. Although I do like the sagey green quite a bit.
I have spun the singles fo the Merino Cashmere dyed with the Brazilwood. It’s the lighter pinky color and I really like how it works up. Now I have this vision of dyeing a ton of 2 ounce samples of Merino Cashmere and making Fair Isle mittens and things. I now have a large list of colors I want to dye. I looked at mitten patterns last night and I’m ready to start. If only my yarn was as ready as I am. Then again, it’s not like I have a lot of spare time
This is my last post for the week. Boogie Nana started her craft shows this week (go visit her at the Clam festival in Yarmouth Maine) and I’ll be doing a lot of the club work by myself. The rest of the week my computer time will be mostly work. I’ll be back on Monday.
*edit* I swore that I posted it this morning only to realize that I never hit the Publish button. The girls have been jabbing at me every waking minute. If you read something that seems like jibberish – well, now you know my excuse.