I long for summer. But not for the weather. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like warmth and sunshine as much as the next girl. My motives are just a bit more complex. See, when the sun shines plants and mushrooms grow. When it’s warm, I can play with pots and pans outside. When it’s summer, I can add to my collection of shades. This is fingering weight silk-wool yarn, in two dozen different shades.
I took up natural dyeing two summers back and got hooked pretty badly straight away. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. I have only dyed with things I can find where I live (kitchen cupboards included). My favorites are the mushroom dyes and the surprising results, for example a pale blue from the deep red dye bath extracted from the creeping woodrsorrel growing on our yard. See the next photo for labels of dye stuff and mordant (alum and or iron sulfite).
This week, I started turning this palette into a rainbow-like construction. I love watching the color changes and stop every few moments to admire them which means it’ll take a while to finish this! My sis said it’s autumny but my pots and I know better. :)