Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Berry Delusions.




I've noticed recently that so many of the yarns I'm knitting/spinning/dyeing have berry tones. This week I've been experimenting with natural dyes, on account of finding a good book in the library, one sleepless night and the realisation that there were blackberries in the freezer.

Unfortunately, instead of reading the good book properly, I jumped right in without proper instruction and came up with a pale imitation of what I had hoped for. Thankfully the result is quite beautiful and has already been earmarked as part of a sock. I had, however, hoped for something more resembling the berries I sacrificed.

I've learned my lesson, read the instructions and butchered Sylvia's Elder tree. I'm aiming for stronger results this time. The fleece is languishing in a pot of dye as we speak.......

On the knitting front, I finished my Febrary Lady Sweater. I loved the all in one process of knitting and already have plans to adapt it to make a jumper out of some acrylic aran that's been under the bed for years. I still think it might be a little too long but everyone else disagrees. Here is a picture to help you join in the debate. I'm always a little shocked when I see a photo of myself. There are no full length mirrors in Mog Headquarters and in my mind I'm still a lithe teenager. When did things become so..... well...... sturdy?!

10 comments:

Heather said...

The color of the FLS is beautiful on you. And I love the sunflowers!

Jane said...

Those berries look divine! Love your new sweater!

Cindy G said...

Love the February Lady! I agree with the "that length is good" crowd.

Beatriz said...

I really like the length of your FLS and the color especially. Can't wait to get started on mine. I know the feeling re: lithe teen. I'm reminded every time I pass by a mirror that I'm no spring teen chicken. So I will likely make an FLS that sits right at mid-hip.

sugarcreekstuff said...

I like the length and the color.
I know what you mean about mirrors, I'm surprised how thick my middle is getting, I still invision myself as a skinny mini.

zippiknits said...

What a pretty sweater and the color is so rich and deep. Like a jewel, almost.

Loved all the garden snaps, too. You have a great eye for beautiful things in nature and everywhere. :)

a friend to knit with said...

oh is that LOVELY!
i LOVE the length!!

nicantsoair said...

You are luminous and beautiful my friend

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