Friday, 27 January 2012

Shrek and chips

This scarf is made from naturally handdyed Scottish wool.
Two thirds green, with a deep self-coloured fringe
I bought it at Shilasdair, on the Isle of Skye, before I had tamed the crochet troll. The pattern is adapted from the "blocks and shells" block from Jan Eaton's "200 Crochet Blocks" - a great source book, and one that is looking decidedly weatherbeaten!
The yarn is dyed with British plants, and reflected for me the colours of the landscape in September when we were there. (It was a late Autumn last year, hence the rich green.)
The subtle variations in the dye echo the colours in the landscape

Lots of  pinkish brackens, and deep green scrub

Big problem – its not colourfast. My hands looked like Shrek after 40minutes of working on this.
So. Tonight’s job is to simmer the thing with a shot of vinegar. And then work out how to get it to stop smelling like a fish shop.

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