Some colour for Spring

Keen to see what the onion-skin wool looks like spun and knitted, I've spun a sample (drop spindle) and cast-on. Yet another WIP....

Earlier in the week I came across Christine's Swallowtail Shawl. I'm in awe of the design and the colour of her handspun. I thought I'd try a few rows. I'm very pleased - I think the design is perfect for this 'wheatfield' yarn (as I'll call it) and I'm enjoying knitting lace.

I didn't know I was going to knit lace when I spun the sample, and I think to carry on with this shawl, I need to spin much thinner.

5 comments:

cathy said...

Your handspun came out a beautiful color. :) I've been saving onion skins for a while myself to try the same thing, so it's really interesting to see how it worked out!

peahen said...

Thank you Cathy, I'm dead chuffed with it. I'll be very interested to see whether your experience is similar or not. Please post some pictures when you do it.

whippetsgalore said...

That shawl is going to be very pretty, I love it , you seem to be getting a shaded affect , to me that just adds to the beauty of it. I was on the verge of doing a crochet shawl from the "funky" book you bought me. Now you have set me off. That will be next.

Jo said...

That's a much better colour than I got when I saved onion skins up, although my modant probably didn't help the colour as I used rhubarb leaves...poisonous, but a natural mordant!

peahen said...

I'm so pleased that you feel inspired to get your hooks out again, WG. I look forward to seeing some photos on here. Jo, I don't like using chemicals, and didn't know that there were more natural ways to mordant, so I'm glad you've mentioned it. I will get myself a book about natural dyeing!