En Hado til alle

For nylig havde vi hedebølge, så jeg trængte til et lille let projekt, hvor man ikke sidder med en stor bunke uld på skødet. Det endte med Hado, et mønster af Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Og det var faktisk så sjovt at strikke at jeg endte med at lave tre af dem. Øverst en gul/grøn, farvet med tagrørsblomster og sortfiltet netbladhat. Nederst til venstre en med to blå toner, den ene vajd og den anden almindelig tropisk (købt) indigo. Nederst til højre en med blå og orange, her har vajden fået selskab af uld, der er farvet med orange slørhatte.

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Hvis man strikker en masse stribede huer og lægger dem ved siden af hinanden, så ligner det bolcher.

 

På billedet nedenfor kan man se at huerne har forskellig længde. Den blå/orange har 1,5 mønstergentagelser, den blå/blå 2 og den gul/grønne 2,5. Men man kan også se noget andet, og se det meget endda. Det orange garn smittede nemlig af, da jeg vaskede huerne! Alle huerne er strikket med samme hvide baggrundsfarve, og man kan altså sagtens se forskel på den med orange striber og de andre huer.

Sidste år, da min datter fandt de orange slørhatte og jeg først farvede med dem, var jeg henrykt over, hvor stor en mændge farve, der var i dem. Men den var åbenbart ikke vaskeægte. Så jeg kalder dette en fiasko, men hvis jeg finder svampene igen vil jeg dog godt tage dem med hjem og eksperimentere videre med dem.

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Mine huer har forskellig størrelse. Prøv at lade være med at bemærke, at den orange farve er løbet ud i det hvide!

 

Huens afslutning i originalen forstyrrede mit øje, så jeg var nødt til at lave en anden afslutning. I stedet for det mønsteret siger, så lavede jeg en halv mønstergentagelse hvor jeg udelod slå-om’erne. Den sidste halve mønstergentagelse i toppen starter med halvt så mange masker som før, og igen udelod jeg at slå om.

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Jeg lavede indtagningerne om, så de nu passer til resten af huen.

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Summer Days Dyeing

Summer finally came roaring with several days of temperatures around 30C (yea, hot for Denmark!). We’ve been outside almost all the time, except the times I’ve had to go into the house and check my dye pot on the stove.

Our garden is wonderful right now, the highlights are Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus, studenternellike in Danish)

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flowering thyme with bumblebees

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and elder at its midsummer best – so fragrant

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But I also have some potential dyes growing! Here is pot marigold (morgenfrue in Danish) which is growing everywhere in our garden because of extremely efficient self-seeding. It should give a nice yellow at some point

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And then there is this. My woad plants. Previous attempts I’ve made were completely unsuccessful, so I’m very pleased that they are growing at all

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And finally, Japanese Indigo. I had to put them in a plot of hard and dry soil because we ran out of good spots, so I don’t know how they will grow. I’ve never grown them before!

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But instead of just waiting around for these plants to grow, I’ve been on several good walks to gather dyestuffs.

On the very last day of June, my daughter and I ventured out to gather some of the bounty of wild growing lupines that have been flowering for the past few weeks. And it was probably good we didn’t wait any more, because most of them had already produced seeds on the lower half. I gathered just the flowers

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150 g of purple lupin flowers went into the dye pot, and I waited for my green yarn to finish. Only it wasn’t green, but just one more yellow. A nice dusty baby yellow, but – yellow

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Vi har været i haven nærmest konstant i løbet af de varme dage i starten af juli – lige med undtagelse af de gange jeg har været inde og tjekke farvegryden! Sommeren er bestemt en travl tid når der nu gror så meget man gerne vil nå at få i gryden. Jeg har forsøgt mig med vilde lupinblomster, men i stedet for den grønne farve jeg håbede på, gav de en mild gul. I vores have lyser morgenfruer og studenternelliker, og hylden blomstrer. Og så er der stadig fint med liv i mine vajdplanter og den japanske indigo. Jeg tør næsten håbe på hjemmegroet blå farve i gryden.

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Gradient Hat

I’m in hat knitting mode right now! As soon as this hat was finished, I had the next one on the needles. The pattern, a Danish one called “hue 1” (that just means hat 1, the book has more than one hat) really makes my brain go berserk with color scheme after color scheme.

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I’ve cheated a bit since I didn’t only use naturally dyed yarns for this project: the black background consists of different commercial yarns from my stash.

FACTS – GRADIENT HAT
Pattern hat 1 by Lone Gissel and Tine Rousing, Nordiske masker
Yarn Supersoft 100% wool 575 m/100 g (plus some commercial stuff)
Needle 4.5 mm
Colors Privet berries (from our garden, winter) Indigo + tansy (bought + collected from the roadside, summer) Reed flowers on grey yarn (collected from the seaside, summer) Yarrow (collected from the roadside, summer) Mixed lichens (collected in the forest – this was bits and pieces I couldn’t type and in the end just swept into the dye pot) Parmelia sulcata (a lichen, collected in the forest) Dyer’s polypore (Phaeolus schweinitzii) (a mushroom, collected in the forest, fall).
Conclusion Love it! The colors, the fit, the fox fur
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It’s often been said that any naturally dyed colors fit together, and I do think that is the case. I did take some care lining up colors that blended well one into the other, but they were not very hard to find in my big basket.
Another observation: I think natural dyeing is the best kind of yarn tourism. When I look at the hat and its colors, I’m immediately taken back to the places where I collected the dye stuffs.Well, not so much the privet berries from our garden, but other wonderful places we walked during the nicest months of 2014.Just one example. The reed flowers are from our august summer vacation in the southern part of Denmark, right on the border with Germany. I picked my flowers by the ocean, and I just had some fun trying to find the exact spot on the map. And I did it! The exact coordinates are 54.894576, 9.626491, and you can even see the mass of reed growing there when you use the max zoom of the map… Right next to a tiny harbor where you can stand on the planks and watch crabs hurrying around on the bottom. And when you look over the water, you can see Germany. Imagine, all that worn on a hat in the form of a stripe of yellow-green yarn!
Mønsteret til hatten er er fra Nordiske Masker af Lone Gissel og Tine Rousing, og det mønster bliver ved med at køre rundt i mit hovede i forskellige farvekombinationer! Her har jeg strikket den på en sort baggrund som er fabriksgarn, jeg havde liggende. Regnbuen fra grøn til varm gul er mine egne naturfarvede nøgler.

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Welcome!

I have long been fascinated with the colors that one can achieve using the dyes that nature provides. There is an endless experimentation that can be tried, and to chronicle my many experiments, I’ve decided to start writing about it here. That will also allow myself to keep track!
Over the summer and fall of 2014, I went on MANY walks, collected MANY plants, mushrooms, and lichens, and dyed MANY 10 g test skeins. A peak inside my secret basket:
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I wanted to try knitting with my test skeins, to test how the yarn behaves – to check that my mordanting didn’t make it brittle or that I had fulled it by overheating! So I made this Fair Isle hat, and my yarn was very enjoyable to knit with:
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FACTS – OXO HAT
Pattern King Harald Hats by Ann Feitelson, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting
Yarn Supersoft 100% wool 575 m/100 g
Needle 2.5 mm
Colors Madder (bought) Cochineal (bought) Mugwort (collected from the roadside, summer) Boletes (collected from the forest, fall) Dahlias (grown in our garden, collected in fall)

Conclusion The hat is a bit big but the colors really match each other well

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Left to right: beige (boletes) light yellow-green (mugwort) red (madder) brown (dahlias) pink (cochineal) red (madder) yellow-green (mugwort).
Velkommen til Midgaard bloggen – stedet hvor jeg vil skrive om mine mange eksperimenter indenfor naturfarvning. Hatten her har jeg strikket af en god håndfuld af mine mange test-nøgler for at tjekke deres kvalitet efter farvning og for at se hvordan de er at strikke med.

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