Knitting and onion skins

Here is the onion skin-dyed yarn drying on the line.  Yummy colour, isn’t it?

yellowy gold yarn dyed with onion skins

Here it is dried and ready to use:

onion skin dyed yarn

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.

the next dyebath

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!

knitted bag in greens and pinks

You will notice I have tweaked the blog colour a bit and made a few changes and additions to the sidebar.  If you find it isn’t behaving itself for you, do let me know.

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8 Responses to Knitting and onion skins

  1. MargaretR May 25, 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    Love the colours Liz and also the changes to your blog are very nice.

  2. Susan D May 25, 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    I’ve been saving up onion skins to try some dyeing but not sure how to do it any chance you can put a tutorial up on your blog.

  3. Sally May 26, 2007 at 7:49 am #

    Fab roving Liz! You going to spin it too?

  4. Carol May 26, 2007 at 9:00 am #

    Fabulous Liz, such lovely colours

  5. Shirley May 26, 2007 at 8:07 pm #

    Look forward to seeing the felted bag – I am wanting to do this but haven’t enough patience at present. Lovely colour from the onion skins.

  6. Maggie Harris May 27, 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    Love the onion skins Liz, the copper mordant has made the colours ……yummy!
    Best Wishes
    Maggie

  7. Liz May 28, 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments!

    The bag is in the washing machine as I type – I’ve done as you said, Helen – it’s had a 60 degree one and now I’ve been emboldened and put it on a 90 degree one. But I keep jumping up every few minutes, fingers poised over the stop button!

    It was actually alum with the onion skins, Maggie – the copper one went into the St Johns Wort bath – it came out a mid brown colour.

    The roving is what I’m knitting into the bag, Sally – and I used nearly all of what I have dyed… it was disappearing at a very alarming rate!

    Susan, I’ll try to put a tutorial up on my blog but I’ll have to wait till I do some more dyeing and take some photos. I got the ‘recipe’ from Gill Dalby’s book, Natural Dyes, Fast or Fugitive.

  8. Karoda June 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm #

    nice, really nice bag