Denise: Here’s some of the colours I’ve been dyeing in the past few days. White sheeps wool – mostly Cheviot X – dyed with (clockwise from top left) Alkanet, Ragwort, Anatto, Cutch. Only the Ragwort required a mordant (alum in this case) to fix the colour. I shall soon start spinning these into yarn.
Denise: I dyed today – in fact I dyed twice; and in both case due to natural causes. First it was with Anatto and then Kutch,. I survived these strong doses, but there’s two batches of (formerly) white sheep’s wool now hung up to dry which are vibrantly coloured orange-red (Anatto – as photo) and mahogony brown (Kutch).
Denise: Here’s part of my firs Eriskay Gansey knitting project. You can see the band that goes across the chest: In Eriskay knitting the patterns above and below this line are completely different. The arms are different again, but I haven’t started them yet. This first gansey is meant to be for Jonathan, but at the moment I’m doubtful it will be big enough. Someone asked me if I would knit one for them: well I’m just learning myself, so I might well get quicker, but at my current rate I’d have to charge £400 to £600 (according to size) just for the labour to make it worthwhile, plus £50-£70 for the wool! This is by far the most intricate traditional style of gansey I’ve ever tried. Last Monday was supposed to be the last evening class, but we’ve all got so much more yet to do, and so much to learn, that the lessons have been extended until Christmas.