Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring Things


It must be spring.  The sun came out on Monday, and Catdog and I ran for the back yard like we were escaping from prison.  We frittered away the afternoon just lying there soaking up the warmth like two lizards on a hot rock.  Just a week ago there was snow and sleet and ice, and then, just like that, the sky turned blue and came to life, and the daffodils turned their faces to the sun and unfurled their beautiful selves.  I put on a hat and just sat there and read an entire book while Catdog snuffled around in the grass and then sprawled out to sleep.  In the evening, the frogs took up their musical peeping, and we left the windows wide, wide open to the fresh air.  There is nothing at all like sleeping beside an open window in the springtime, when the tender breeze is cold on my face and the quilts are tucked up soft and tight underneath my chin.  I smile in my sleep and dream about a meadow filled with daisies.



 I dug through my yarn stash a few days ago, and found I have at least two sweaters’ worth of cream/Aran/Winter White worsted weight yarn, and since I already have this, that felt like a lot for right now, so I skeined up some of it and dunked it in my dyepot.  This might always be an adventure,  this yarn dyeing thing, because no two resources will ever give me the same information about how to do it and honestly, I’m usually pretty happy no matter what I end up with anyway, so I’m not sure it even matters to try and remember how I did it.  Okay, so, using a whole bunch of madder root extract (I just dumped whatever was left in the cupboard, which seems like it was a lot) into a pot of, er, “some” water, along with, um, I don’t know, a little bit of chalk?  And simmered six 100g skeins of white-ish yarn in it for awhile.  Until it was really, really red.  I rinsed it, added I don’t know how much iron sulfate to the dyepot and dumped the yarn back in, and what I got looks pretty much exactly like what you’d get if you just used grape Kool-Aid.  It is just straight up purple.  It surprises me that it doesn’t smell like grape, because that’s how grape it looks.  I wish it were redder, but I don’t know what I might have done any differently to make it that way, and anyway it seems like with dyeing, whatever you get is what you get.  I don’t know what else I could dunk it in at this point anyway, so now there’s some grape yarn in my stash.


In other knitting news, I started this wool colorwork yoke—the pattern is here—a week or so ago, when it was still snowing. I have no illusions that I won’t need it again before long, but somehow, it seems a lot less pressing.  

14 comments:

  1. Ahhh yes! You have just described my week! My sweet golden lab Chloe and I have done much the same as you and cat dog! It was such a long, long winter. The sun has been shining. I have been hanging all of the laundry out doors and the sheets smell so good. I hope it is here to stay finally.

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    1. Oh gosh, I hope so too! And laundry on the line is one of the best things in life, isn't it? :)

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  2. I love love love the grape color. Hearts-in-my eyes love! It seems like this past week, every flower has burst into bloom all at the same time. Magnolia, hyacinth, tulip, dogwood- all of them. It's fantastic and beautiful and, finally, oh so wonderful.

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    1. Oh, yes! That full-blossom part of springtime just makes me want to burst into song! How I love it. :)

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  3. ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! I was going to beg the color name/brand if you didn't post it...that purple is PERFECT!!

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    1. Well, now you know how to do it yourself, to get those exact...same...results...wait a minute, probably not. LOL! The yarn is Paton's Classic Worsted in Aran, and I used probably 4-6 tablespoons of madder root extract (from Dharma Trading Co.) a couple teaspoons of chalk (also from Dharma) and probably the same amount of iron sulfate powder (again, Dharma). Possibly you could replicate it somewhat closely? Though truly, I have no idea. I'd love to hear about it if you try--we can compare results and see if it's anything close. xoxo

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  4. Happy Spring! I love seasons and I especially love the change of seasons. It always seems miraculous that suddenly there is one day when you no longer need to wear socks. Or here right now, start wearing sox again and no that winter is on the way. Catdog may seem snoozy bit her ears are alert!

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    1. sheesh socks and sox! and no and know! what a muddle

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    2. I love the changing, too--it always seems such a miracle, no matter which season we're headed into. I just get tired of winter the fastest. (Like, within days.) Yes, she was pretty interested in the neighbors for a few minutes, but then the warm sun soaked in and she was asleep. As per usual. xoxo

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  5. I love that grape colour, it will make a beautiful Spring garment and you are so fast you could probably make something before the sun pops out again! Jo xx

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    1. I've been combing Ravelry, looking for ideas. So many ideas! :)

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  6. It's really pretty. Such a soft color. Reminds me of hyacinths. Spring is such an exciting time of year. I love sleeping with the window open, too. The smell of orange blossoms is divine.

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  7. That is a gorgeous purple color! I'm so tempted to experiment with dyeing, but it's not like I need another crafty pursuit!

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  8. C A T D O G I N T H E S U N - P E R F E C T!

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