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Friday, 14 October 2011

foggy autumn days

you can see above how our autumn days look - and have been looking for weeks. everything feels damp, even though we have temps of about 12-15 deg. C - quite mild - nearly (irish) summer temperatures:))
but at least the yucky weather means that I don't have to have a bad conscience about the lack of gardening progress. instead - I knit... or spin, or do other textile things I like! this is my take on the hitchhiker idea, though a bit short for a scarf. quite soft though and I think it can be worn with a shawl pin as closure to keep it from slipping off. not at all my colours, it's going to go into the giveaway box....


I also finally finished and ironed my small houses - all that's missing now are a few trees and other bits in between. and a "frame" made of fabric of course, as I don't like picture frames for my embroidery all that much. it's quite large - I hope it'll still fit the wall space I made it for!

the last few weeks haven't seen all that much spinning, but I did manage two skeins of alpaca, dyed with logwood leftovers. I still have a lot of darker purple to spin; not sure what to use it for, but I still want to make a revontuli shawl - and the yarn might fit the bill.

I still have some pre-mordanted tops in storage, so when I picked the few ripe rhamnus berries I could find I remembered that I read somewhere about berry dyeing with vinegar. essentially most of the berry dyes are supposedly light faster, when soaked in vinegar. I put in berries and vinegar and added some wool top - in the hope that some of the deep purple liquid might attach.... hm, disappointment - no purple, just yellow. the tones on the left are done with ripe rhamnus berries on silk, with a normal dyebath, simmering in water etc. not really worth the bother of using all that vinegar, I'd say. well, now I know - if I have a better harvest next year again, I won't waste the berries for this!

I also needed a simple knitting project for those evenings, where I am too tired for complicated cables and such. I stumbled across a new KAL - the pattern is called Moiraine. this is only a test for now. I would like to use the pattern for a narrow silk scarf in dark blue (handspun), but I need to see how it looks before I start to go off buying expensive beads etc. the yarn is nearly black (with purple parts) sockwool, dyed with logwood, and some lustre beads from my stash. the patterns seems easy enough, but I think my beads could be a tad bit bigger.... 

last but not least the food: elderberries are quite scarce this year (again), but I managed to pick enough for two large jars of juice. I still have two from last year, which should be enough to fight colds during winter with a hot "elderberry grog" and maybe a bit of elderberry brandy as well.... nice gift for christmas, I found last year:))

5 comments:

Sandra said...

das schal-ähnlich dings is ja cool. gut, die farben sind auch nicht so meine ;-) aber das zickzack gefällt mir gut. ich bin grad an ner zopfmuster mütze dran. ist auch fast fertig, allerdings tat mir der linke daumen einige tage voll weh, so dass nix mit stricken war. und für die schule wollte auch einiges gemacht werden. aber zum glück ist jetzt wieder WOCHENENDE. :D :D :D

Delighted Hands said...

Oh, lovely stuff going on! I really like the unusually shaped scarf-it's very pretty and will be even bettr when worn! The embroidery is really coming together-the little touches will really set it all off! Disappointing about the berry dye batch but the knitting makes up for it-very cool pattern!

Nina said...

mmmmm elderberries. I miss our elderberries. We had them at the old house but not here. That scarf is very interesting and looks lovely. I think you've done a super job on the little embroidered houses. I do like your natural dyed colours. This time of year, those soft colours just seem to fit perfectly.

Leigh said...

The little houses are wonderful! I love thta one of the shope is "Woolly Bits" and has a spinning wheel in the window. Your dye projects look great and I love the scarf too. You got more elderberries than I did. Maybe next year will be better for everyone.

wiebke said...

oh solche häuser habe ich auch so gerne gestickt...schön sehen sie aus.gruß wiebke

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