WIP Wendesday

This week I have been working on my spinning, I spun up a Beautiful Camel Silk roving, the roving was so soft and stunning to spin, the silk smells so divine… Here it is spun up on my spinning wheel.

And here I have skeined it…

I am knitting an Autumn horse with it, I will post photos when he is finished…

These are the most beautilful flowers that my hubby sent me for Spring Day last week 🙂 And now that they are almost wilting, I decided to turn them into a dye bath for my organic skeins of yarn.

My girls helped me to pull off all the petals and put them into the dye pot, and I slowly brought the pot to the boil, it was a slightly murky shade, and I thought oh well… but then I added some mint leaves and lemon juice and this beautiful vibrant colour was released, it truly is vibrant… I mordanted my skeins first for half and hour and then I added them to the dye pot to simmer. I will blog the skeins when they are dry. As you can see the skein on the top of the photo is lighter than the bottom one. This is because it is organic and contains more Lanolin, the bottom skein is darker as it is not organic, contains less Lanolin and takes on more of the colour. They are both absorbing the dye beautifully though. It is still in the pot at the moment…

Happy Wednesday to you…

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12 Responses to WIP Wendesday

  1. gardenmama September 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Linda! Your yarn is incredibly beautiful! I adore hearing about the gorgeous process of receiving such a lovely gift of flowers, turning them into a dye for your hand spun yarn… ahh I love process : ) How lucky your children are to do things like this with you! These are the type of toys I love to buy for my children ones that have love and hand work poured forth into them I can’t wait to see what you make!

  2. goldenbird September 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    The silk yarn is beautiful! And so are the flowers your husband sent. I wish I knew how to spin and dye yarn like you do. What a great idea using the flowers to dye the yarn. Thanks for sharing this, it’s so inspiring.

  3. Cadi September 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    Your yarn is so incredibly beautiful. I love the idea of WIP Wednesday, so I decided to “join.” 🙂

  4. Cadi September 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    P.S. I did not read the other comments until now… Gardenmama used the same phrase “incredibly beautiful” to describe your yarn!!! It MUST be true! 😉

  5. Jill September 10, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    Oh so beautiful! I love the colors, and your courage to use those gorgeous flowers to dye. I never have done that.

  6. renee ~ heirloom seasons September 10, 2009 at 3:20 am #

    So many beautiful colors! Your dye pot is wonderful! Looking forward to seeing the end result.

  7. Kelly September 10, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Dear Linda,
    You continue to amaze me with your creativity. All so beautiful! The top autumny yarn is so vibrant – so like autumn. Have a lovely day!

  8. Beth September 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Linda, that is so beautiful! Taking a bouquet and turning it into gorgeous yarn…I have to try that! I’m thinking I will be brave this year and turn some of my sunflowers into dye for Michaelmas capes. Hope it works! You have given me inspiration!

  9. Dawn September 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    You do such great things with yarn. That’s interesting about the lanolin content in the organic vs. not organic yarn.

  10. Tammy September 11, 2009 at 3:19 am #

    Your yarn and creations are always so beautiful…a job well done, Mama. 😉

    This reminds me of the time when the girls and I dyed a couple of things, including a pair of socks with marigold petals. My hubby came home from work, saw the pot on the stove, and asked why I was making Sock Soup. lol!

  11. suzanne September 11, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Oh what a beautiful howrse Linda. I hope to see it sooon…..
    Your strawberry yarn looks so lovely. You really are creative bud. I know you enjoy this so much.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. sarah in the woods September 16, 2009 at 1:53 am #

    Love that last picture – so pretty.

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