Here is the onion skin-dyed yarn drying on the line. Yummy colour, isn’t it?
Here it is dried and ready to use:
The colour is actually closer to the top picture.
And here is some more yarn being brought to a simmer – this has a mishmash of St Johns wort, the remains of the onion skin dyebath and a couple of nettle teabags which I chucked in for good measure! Talk about unscientific… The yarn has been mordanted with copper.
It actually turned out a mid brown colour and is drying upstairs as I type. Photo later.
Here is the half knitted to-be-felted bag. I have still got about 30 rows to do and the yarn is disappearing at an alarming rate!
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The house smells of onions at the moment because I’m busy boiling onion skins so I can overdye one of the skeins I did last time. Meanwhile, I have been busy knitting my bag! So far I have done the base and about 10 rows of the main bit – about 50 more rows to go! But it knits up very quickly as I’m doing it on 10mm needles. I am going to felt it in the washing machine afterwards – just hope I can get that bit right because the instructions say a top loading machine which you can keep stopping and checking. My machine is a front loader which you have to programme and it throws a wobbly if you try and stop it in the middle. So next week if I’m mopping up water and complaining about broken washing machines, you’ll know this is the culprit!
No photos of the half completed bag yet, but here, as promised are some of my fabric stash sorted by value (my photography seems to lag behind my blog posts at the moment….
The darkest two:
The medium two (actually looking at that photo I must move a few more around!:
And the lightest two:
I had a nice day out on Saturday. DS1 and 3 were camping so I went to the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells for Wonderwool Wales.
I went by train on the Heart of Wales line, which is probably the most picturesque rail journey in Wales, winding its way through from Shropshire to Swansea. At the railway station I got on, you had to hail the driver for him to stop the train, like getting on a bus!
The show was fun – it was part of the Smallholders’ show but I mostly stayed in the Wonderwool area. There were lots of yummy fibres and yarns, and lots of local producers and processors of the fibres. And craftspeople from all over the UK.
There were also animals there! Here are a couple of alpacas which I fell in love with!
And lots of different sorts of British sheep, which I found fascinating because up to now I thought sheep were sheep and didn’t realise they were so different and individual.
These are Ryeland sheep. They have such sweet faces. A lady there told me that apparently their wool doesn’t felt, which makes it useful if you don’t want it to!
This is the Wensleydale longwool – its wool was very soft!
This is the Jacobs sheep. There were lots of other coloured sheep there with different variations of colours between black, grey, browns as well as whites. I wished at this point that I wasn’t travelling on the train because it precluded me buying lots of fibre but I did buy a drop spinning kit from Hedgehog Equipment who are based near Abergavenny which isn’t that far from Newport. I picked up lots of leaflets with links to websites so I can find them again readily if I take to it!
There were also angora goats in another of the sheds. At least, I hope they are angora goats – I get very confused with the non-wool fibres…
I bought some cashmere sock yarn at Hipknits at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year. I’ve knitted one sock so far with it – here is a photo just before I finished.
I love the swirly pattern it makes.
It is only just big enough so I hope it doesn’t shrink in the wash!
I was in the Newport art gallery foyer a couple of weeks ago and noticed that now they have demolished the old 60s concrete car park, you get a good view of the new pedestrian bridge across the river. I decided to take a photo before they build the new car park and obscure the view again!
Irie’s Fascinating Life: 10 reasons why socks are better than sweaters is a very amusing blog entry.
I agree – in the last 18 months I have knitted 3 pairs of socks. I don’t think I have knitted 3 sweaters in my life (well, finished them, anyway!), and definitely haven’t worn them! I once knitted an aran sweater – it took me two years; I used to wear it when I was a student but it makes me look too fat these days…
I’ve just been knitting and listening to Britknitcast, a relatively new British knitting podcast. It is hosted by Carrie Anne Dennison who lives in the North East of England. I particularly like it because she goes to shows and workshops and records interviews and conversations and it really feels like you are there!
I’ll show you a photo of what I’m knitting later on but it is for a friend (probably late for Christmas but it gives me an excuse to sit and knit instead of rushing round like a headless chicken!) so I won’t reveal it until I know she’s received it.