Lately I've been farmy enough to post something almost every day this week!
Oh the joy of it!
So Sunday was my only day off this weekend and I squeezed every ounce of farminess in to every nook and cranny of it that I could possibly manage. So much so that at one point, I was simmering down apples for apple butter right next to a steaming vat of poisonous berries I used to dye some wool. Don't want to be crossing over stirring devices in THAT situation!
I felt very witchy while dying this time around. I had gone out and bought dark green nail polish and as I stirred the vat of poisonous berries, I felt I was channeling my inner witch. The one who loves Halloween and has a strange desire to scare little children. Bwaaahhhahahaha!
Ok well anyway, here's some photos:
|Pokeberries - I ended up with about 3.25# Definitely a glove-worthy project|
|Inside of the pan - isn't the color gorgeous? It's about what the final color of the fiber will be.|
|Simmering down the dye bath|
|Right next door, yummy apples cooking for apple butter.|
|There were an amazing amount of seeds in the bottom of the dye pot! |
I kept some for planting on the farm.
|Nope, nobody was murdered in the production of this yarn|
|But I did manage to make it look like it.....'blood' on the wall of the kitchen|
|'Blood' on the sink|
|And finally the wool (Shetland mordant in vinegar) was added|
|And the final product? We'll find out in the morning, lid on and setting overnight! |
Eye spy someone with a camera....do you?
I had to try it, the color it yields in the book is a gorgeous raspberry, not to mention my husband took one look at that color and said, "You have to dye that and knit me something with it!" so now I'm on the hunt for more pokeberries as well. They are poisonous, yes, but hey, I'm not eating them! And I promise not to eat the yarn, no matter how absolutely luscious it might look.
Here was the final product in the morning....OoOoOo....preeetty, drip dry, rinse and spin it in to yarn-what a delight!