A Bit More

IMG_1030We had so much fun dyeing Easter eggs over the weekend, I decided to hop on the natural dye agent train and go for a real ride.  I had one skein of wool left after I finished  making the woolens in this post, and a few left over beets from dyeing eggs.  I decided I would try to dye the wool yarn.  Here’s what I did…

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Put the following ingredients in a large stainless steel pot:

4 large beets, peeled and chopped

16 cups water

4 cups white vinegar

Bring the ingredients to a boil.  Let it slow boil for about 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the yarn.  (I tied off the skein a bit more too.  I didn’t want it to get tangled while it “cooked.”)

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Then remove the pot from the heat, cover and let it rest overnight.  (Yes, just leave those beets in there…It’s fine.)  Rinse the yarn 2-3 times in luke warm water.

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Allow to dry completely on a drying rack.

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Just Go With It

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Yes, it is March 27th.  Yes, it is Spring.  Yes, we are completely snow-covered and freezing.  I’ve decided I need to move to the positive of this situation instead of dwelling on the negative.  So, woolens it is.  Why not sit under a quilt, with a mug of steaming hot coffee and crochet with a bit of lovely wool.  And that’s just what I did.

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The yarn is from this farm in Wisconsin.  They can be found at the weekly farmers’ market in Madison, and they normally have their yarn for sale at their booth.  (If you have never visited the Dane County Farmers’ Market, you must go!  It is absolutely amazing…no matter the season…it’s year round and awesome!)

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This is me embracing the frigid March temps.  I’m just going with it.

Fruits of Labor

A while back I wrote about our trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin and my visit to a fabulous little yarn shop.  Well, I have been working hard the past several days and have a few new pieces to share with all of you.

Here is my two-year old sporting the first finished product:  a little bitty shawl for those chilly mornings in the spring and summer when you just need a little something to snuggle up with.  I am sad to say that I have no idea how to read a pattern, so everything I make I create without a pattern.  But I did get my inspiration from this blog post.  The shawl is made with a beautiful lamb’s wool/bamboo blend, so you get the warmth of the wool without the scratchiness that sometimes accompanies woolen garments.

Next, I made a little something for Mama!  A nice cowl made with toasty 100% lamb’s wool.

More projects are in the works, especially after purchasing that wonderful yarn on our farm visit.  I will be sure to share soon.

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, and crafty weekend 🙂

Yummy Yummy Yarn

On our trip to the Northwoods, Mom had to have some fun too.  I made my way into town to visit my favorite spot:  The Knitter’s Nook.  This quaint shop is housed in a petite white residence, just off the main drag in town.  It is owned by the most lovely of couples, and the yarn in their shop is exquisite!  All fibers are naturally derived, no acrylic yarn here.  This shop is an absolute tactile experience.  I spent the first twenty minutes of my time in the shop just feeling the various fibers they had to offer.

After spending a bit too much time in the shop (my husband was supervising both girls and their two cousins in a toy store..oh my 🙂 ), I emerged with my spoils.  Lamb’s wool, Alpacha, and a wool/bamboo blend, all in the most beautiful of colors. I spent the rest of the trip curled up on the back porch crocheting. Perfection.