Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I am so pleased with the pokeberry!
The color shown here is very true to what it looks like in natural light. It's a deep, vibrant crimson red. The color is more complex and nuanced than words can describe, and this is what attracts me most to natural dyes. Nature's palette is far more interesting than flat commercial dyes. Every color tells a rich story of the plant and it's journey to the dye pot.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
If I've been quiet here lately, it's because I've undertaken a big move from coastal California back to my homeland in the Midwestern Prairie!
I have set to work right away discovering the natural dye plants in my immediate surroundings, and have been pleasantly overwhelmed at the variety and abundance within walking distance from my home. I am working on a sampler of my local dye palette.
First up: Pokeberry!
Friday, July 11, 2014
...on an airplane.
Because when you have 4 hours to sit on an airplane, the only logical thing to do is work on your lace knitting! Yes, that is a tiny tin of beads that are being added to this shawl. I plan to have it blocked by this weekend. This project has been a labor of love for the past two months, and I'm really excited to be finishing it.
Georgiana Darcy's Fancy Shawl from Jane Austen Knits 2013.
Monday, June 2, 2014
I've been back in the saddle at the spinning wheel. This is a chunky-weight, 2-ply pile of heaven, made from a blend of silk and Blue faced Leicester. It's a special enough blend that I probably should have held onto until my skills improve, but I couldn't help myself.
50 grams of a luscious blend of silk and Blue faced Leicester. Next stop, the dye vat....
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
This is my new favorite peice to make and wear. And it's a free pattern available online!
Choose your yarn and gauge and go....
I knit through Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. This scarf is infused with all the magic I experienced along the way, and wearing it reminds me of scenes like this...