Yes, I am getting on with knitting doll's clothes. This is going to be a jumper for a doll with madder (colour) hair. The yarn is a natural dark grey and the edging is in multi-coloured yarn someone suggested would look fabulous on the dolly. When I have finished the doll I will post a photo of the lovely doll on my blog.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
The yarn here is Shetland DK dyed with madder and is a lovely orange colour. I am knitting a beanie in the round and it knits up really quickly. The crown of the hat is knitted with 4 needles, this is because the stitches are reduced in number and it becomes difficult to manipulate on a set of circular needles. The intent is to sell the hats and I have also ordered some silver grey DK yarn, which should be arriving in the post next week. The beanies fit tightly on the head and are snug and warm.
Monday, 23 August 2010
We went to the County Show and yet again it poured with rain. What is happening to sunny August? Why is this sheep wearing a blanket?It was lovely to see so many exhibits at the Produce Show.
Friday, 20 August 2010
This is an example of one of my dolls using commercial wool, rather than the naturally dyed yarns. There is another craft fair early on in September and I hope to take a couple with me to sell. This week-end is going to be busy as I have plenty of knitting to keep me occupied. Just as well that the weather is going to be wild and rainy in these parts!
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
A group of us met with our pots, pans, gas stoves and dye materials to turn our fleece into a selection of beautiful colours.
This yarn colour was achieved by using logwood natural dye on a piece of yarn which had used alum as a mordant. A delicate lilac.
The darker purple yarn here was from the same dye pot as the delicate lilac, but had been in the pot for about 2 hours longer.
Friday, 13 August 2010
This looks a bit ghastly but it is just a tub of sheep's fleece that I am soaking in water and some alum. On Sunday I am off to a fun dye day and hope to change this mess into nice coloured fleece. Once I have dyed the fleece I can then make some needle felted hearts. The alum acts as a mordant and ensures that the fleece takes the dye. Will look forward to showing the results.
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
For some of my dolls I use commercial yarn such as Debbie Bliss and Rowan because the colours and textures are so pleasing. Other dolls are made in natural yarns only, such as these vegetable dyed and natural wools. Lovely aren't they? This week-end I am going to a natural dyeing day at a local farm, so will be sharing more thoughts and photos as a result of our activities.