Now that all the Christmas knitting is finished I have been working on Cable Dress & Hat. Do you remember that? I was working on it back in the spring before I started in on my gift knitting. I reached the first decreases last night. It now measures fourteen inches long.
I was lucky enough to receive several knitting related things for Christmas this year. I was given a set of size Us 10.5 dpns.
I also received a book on natural plant dyes.
It is by Sasha Duerr and is titled The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes. It is informative, easy to understand, and has several examples of projects. I created an iron mordant friday evening. Here’s what it looked like the next morning.
It’s one part vinegar to two parts water and some old rusty nails. The book says to let it sit for a week or two and it will be ready to use.
I have a case of cabin fever now, waiting to be able to try out the plant dyes. Right now my yard looks like this:
I obviously cannot find any plants but, I might be able to try a birch bark dye. There are several of them growing in the woods behind our house. It will turn out pink. I hope. Although with the six inches we’re getting today I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them before the sping thaw.