Friday, June 22, 2007

More math

Another experiment with natural dyes. This time I took this:

12 oz. of Parmelia Sulcata (tree lichens) from the tree we took down in the front of our house.


4 oz. of handspun angora I brought back from Argentina (along with several other kilos of yarn!) two years ago. I didn't think to take a picture until it was in the bowl of water. The brighter white at the top is the still dry fiber. There was also a tablespoon of alum and a teaspoon of cream of tartar added to the dye pot.

Equals this

Not particularly brilliant.... I don't think the work of scraping all those lichens off the downed tree was really worth it. Now I know to pass them up next time. I knit this for my friend J, who does have two hands, as part of an offline swap.

My dye garden was officially a bust, but there are still things in my yard that are plentiful and possible dye plants: yarrow, tansy, hibiscus and turk's cap.

This post has been sitting in draft form for over a week! I'm off tomorrow for the East Coast to spend time with friends and family. I've had some realizations this week about things that have been holding me back, things I have determined I will overcome. I have a plan and that is a good thing. Until I return here are a few things I've finished recently; gifts for others that I will deliver in person this week.

Veronik Avery's Prairie Tunic

Mari from Hip Knit Hats in red onion skin dyed handspun merino


Blogger Laura said...

The prairie tunic looks great! I hope it fits your friend.

Have a great trip!

9:18 PM  
Anonymous ~drew emborsky~ said...

Have a great trip. I like the soft color that the tree lichens created but it sounds like a lot of work! See you in a few weeks! =)

7:33 AM  
Blogger leendaluu said...

Ok, because I've been sucked up in the web of blogs, I've tagged you for a meme of my own invention. Lucky you. You can ignore me or participate, whatever is your pleasure ;-)

6:54 PM  

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