Fabric values

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…. 

lots of cotton fabric in baskets

The darkest two:


The medium two (actually looking at that photo I must move a few more around!:


And the lightest two:


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3 Responses to Fabric values

  1. Helen May 25, 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi When I;ve felted bags I’ve put them on a 60 degree wash and then refelted at 90 degrees. I’ve found this has always worked well. Helen

  2. Liz May 25, 2007 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks, Helen. I’ll try this. I’m a bit worried about the fastness of the natural dyes, though – I would hate to have all the wonderful colours disappear by washing them too hot. I might start a bit lower and progress gradually…

  3. MargaretR May 25, 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    Very neat. Have you used ice cream cartons?