Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crafting On

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two, post it on your blog, on Instagram #craftingon and/or Flickr and then share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

These items found in nature became... IMG_4155 this warm colored yarn.crafting on yarn we dyed naturally

As you can see my children and I have been playing around with natural dyeing again. Well, the top darker shade of brown yarn was one I brought with us to Oregon. We dyed it back in Idaho (before Baby F was born) with walnuts we gathered from Walnut Hill at PWS. However, the bottom yarn is the skein we just dyed. We used dockseed plants and just a touch of yellow onion peels. I am quite smitten with how it turned out. The brown is much richer with subtle variations than my first attempt with dockseed. I added that acorn I knit with my last batch of dockseed yarn to the photo so you could see the difference. I want to knit all the things with it. Alas, all I have is the one skein. I'll just have to get as much as I can out of it. Both of these skeins came out just as I had hoped. They are going to be used together in a pair of acorn mittens for Baby F.

You can see my original post on dyeing with dockseeds here and dyeing with walnuts here. My two most used resources for natural dyeing are this book and this one.

What are you working on? Happy creating!

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