I finally figured out the best name for this color I got with the cochineal. Raspberry. Or rose. But rose might denote a paler color. Anyway, I’ve been very busily working away on the shawl-neck sweater. Here’s what I’ve got so far. Actually, I’ve done more since this picture was taken, but it’ll give you the general idea.

The Beginnings of a Sweater

The Beginnings of a Sweater

I’m really pleased with the way it’s turning out. At first I wasn’t sure I like how it looked, but it’s grown on me. I think that it’ll look even better once it’s blocked.

Turns out, even after sampling and making swatches, my gauge is off. It’s just a squeak off, but that adds up over time. I think I shall have to do some clever modifying. (Hopefully clever.) The pattern is very easy. Just a series of granny squares. And the book is very easy to follow! (Blueprint Crochet.)

Close Up

Close Up

After I finished that long run of dyeing I was pretty sure I wouldn’t want to try again for a couple months, just because of the sheer amount of work. Ha ha. I’m already doing research on other potential dye plants, and I still have cutch (brown) and indigo (guess) from the South-Eastern Animal Fiber Fair.

I lately came across a picture of some roving that had been spot dyed with yellows, gold, and browns, then over-dyed with indigo. It was the most gorgeous variegated jewel tones! In short, I’d do it again in a heart beat. The only trouble is that it ties up the kitchen for a whole day, and smells up most of the house. I’d absolutely love to find another place to do it, and I’d love to do it as an interactive class for homeschoolers. We’ll see what the Lord has in mind. I have no place to do it, minimum experience, and few supplies (or money to get supplies!), but I’ve got a lot of excitement and energy.

2 Responses to Raspberry
  1. Whitney
    February 24, 2009 | 8:41 pm

    Wow, that is beautiful! And raspberry is perfect. :)

  2. outandin
    February 26, 2009 | 12:25 am

    Now I’ve got a hankering for a bowl of raspberry sherbet . . .

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