Monday, August 20, 2007

unseasonably cool

It's August and I'm cold. It's kinda nice. I'm ready for September and some big wooly knitting.
But it the meantime, there's this...
wooly hibiscusa kind of smoky pink yarn from the hibiscus dye bath

Saturday morning I went grocery shopping at the Latino/Asian mart, an oddly ironic store because peanut butter and cheerios can be found in the international aisle...but they have dyestuffs in the spice aisle.
A bastard saffron, that I'm treating like safflower. The real stuff is $90 an ounce. I got this for $1.49 an ounce. Hence safflower. I'm hoping to extract a hot pink dye from it. I've also got chamomile, great for tea, butI had no idea it could be used for dyeing. And annatto seeds, which give that odd orange color commonly seen in Filipino and Latino foods, hopefully it'll do the same for yarn.
So far I like the ease of solar dyeing, stick it in a jar, put it in the sun, then forgetaboutit. It just takes a while to get results. So I built a solar oven (I applied aluminum foil to the inside of a cardboard box), that got rained on while I was at work today. Oh, well, I tried.


Marina said...

The hibiscus dyed yarn is lovely! Have you tried Tumeric? The Asian store has it in powder or root form here. But, maybe you don't like yellow?

Lolly said...

This is so much fun! I love this idea! and great results too ;)

wendy g said...

Send some of that cool weather down here. Your yarn turned out great and can't wait to see the results of your new dyeing project.

Carolina Lange said...

I love your dyeing project!
The hibiscus yarn is so beautiful, such an nice color!

Diane said...

I think we can include a spin-off science experiment here for the lesson plan. How about it, teacher?

Lorette said...

Ooooh, that hibiscus yarn is just lovely!

Dipsy said...

These photos are a feast for the eyes - and I love that hibiscus dyed yarn!

angelarae said...

Have you tried using rose hips? I have used them to make soap before and they yielded a rich pink color. Wonder how they would work with wool?


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