I've had a rough go of it, the last couple of weeks. Some unknown allergic reaction has sent me to visit our health care professionals too many times of late. I feel tired, but I am hoping I am done with it now and I am ready to have fun again! So, today, I decided it was time to start a few seeds. Red Globe Onions, Black Prince Tomatoes, Silvery-Fir Tomatoes, Buckflats Wonder Tomatoes, and some Garden Asparagus. The asparagus seeds had to soak for 2 hours before planting. I've never grown asparagus before, but have wanted to for years. I should have started the seeds years ago- then I would be ready to harvest them already! This will be an exercise in patience.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
I've got my Etsy shop back up and running! I am starting to sell my knitting patterns. I've got two new ones up for sale. My old patterns will still be available on my blog. Please stop by my shop to check out the new patterns!
Pattern #2: Dandelion Wine- A Headband Pattern
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
I've been starting to dye little skeins of yarn for the Icelandic sweater I am planning to knit using only lichen and mushroom dyed yarn. I started with Peltigera aphthosa (freckled pelt lichen). I collected about a cup of lichen and fermented it in ammonia for 4 months. It is important to collect lichen that has been detached from its substrate, so that you don't deplete the population. Lichens are slow growing and sensitive to being harvested. After the fermentation, I added 2 cups of the dye liquor to my dye pot, along with 10 cups of water and a half a cup of salt.I added 1oz of wool to the dye bath and brought the temperature up to 180F for 10 min.
I'm very happy with the colours and I am excited to try the Umbilicaria lichen I have fermenting. I need to wait 2 more months though!