Monday, November 10, 2014
We put in an offer on an short-sale house last April. At this point our closing day is November 26th. I was patiently waiting through Spring and Summer and now Fall. The house is quite a dump and it will take several months of hard work to get it in a liveable condition. So besides moving all of our belongings we will also be doing extensive remodel. There will be no time for knitting once the sale goes through---if the sale goes through. They are giving it an 80% success rate because of a tricky legal situation with the title. So what should I do? Start a complicated lace and beadwork project, of course!
From The Knitter's Book of Wool I've started Tibetan Clouds Beaded Stole. Now I'm staying in the moment like a Tibetan monk...detached...knitting.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Lac is a dye made from secretions of the Lac insect. It's an imported product and I got it here: http://www.maiwa.com/home/supply/natural_dyes/lac/index.html
Also an imported product, logwood generally comes from Mexico or South America or India. I had little bits of left-over logwood and lac so I dyed a few skeins of hand spun yarn that I had sitting around.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
I cut little squares and began experimenting. Dying fabric and cellulose fiber is new to me. It was so much fun using these little squares because there was no harm done if I screwed it up. It's not as risky as dying a yarn that took 2 weeks to spin, right?
Normally I don't like cutch but on fabric it looked nice. I added iron to cutch and got a totally cool dark taupe. Marigold made a nice orange-yellow. I added tartaric acid to marigold and got a pale yellow.
I tried black tea and got a dull color. I used marigolds and back tea and it looked a little more interesting.
The house that we are trying to buy was built in 1912. I've looked at paint swatches of color palettes from that time period. Of course they only had natural pigments back then. Inspired by the old-timey colors and the linen swatches I was dying, I decided to make a color palette: cutch, marigold, cutch with iron, logwood with tartaric acid, and marigold with black tea! I showed the palette to my Hubby and he was not impressed. That's okay. I'll just keep day-dreaming of remodeling my future home.