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finishing the year

December 19, 2020

wool – all the colours from a year of natural dyeing

45″ x 45″

the colours are good – I took the picture outside in the rain!

my plan for the yarn changed from when I started back in January 2020 (remember then?)

I started with a fine 2 ply commercial wool and then decided to switch to handspun

the commercial yarn was too fine to weave the squares – but I wanted to use all the colours

so I crocheted a border with it doubled and then finished with handspun, dyed with purple hollyhocks

not much wool is left

for once I kept reasonably good notes – cotton, wool and silk

just in case I want to do it all over again

and I can choose the colour to dye the nubby silk

fine 2 ply, the texture is great – the first 60 grams of 300 grams

it is going to take some time to finish

the big news today – I finally got my regular flu shot!


14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2020 5:45 pm

    playing with one’s stash, and then managing to create a beautiful and useful blanket – a great reminder of the colours you obtained as you dyed away…


  2. December 20, 2020 9:15 am

    omg, GORGEOUS!!! i wish i could see/feel it in person. what a treasure to come from such a difficult year. you have magical transformation skills, thank you for sharing them with such panache.


    • December 20, 2020 10:23 am

      Aimee – thank you, it is very light weight, I’m surprised at how warm it is. The yarn needed to be used and not just added to the stash already in the cupboard.


  3. December 20, 2020 9:01 am

    It’s really nice to see all those month-at-a-time squares add up to such a cheerful and warm and useful blanket. The crochet edge is a great way to use the first, non-conforming yarns!


    • December 20, 2020 10:26 am

      Kjerstin – the idea for the blanket only “arrived” a few weeks ago so all the squares were woven this month. I’m not great at crocheting but it added all the dye colours and made a nice finish.


  4. December 20, 2020 4:52 am

    It’s a beauty, and a fitting testament to a productive and useful year, despite all the outside nonsense. Well done 🙂


  5. December 20, 2020 3:03 am

    That blanket is gorgeous and such a lovely way to showcase all the spinning and dyeing you have done. I hope you have a good festive season and here’s to a simpler New Year.


    • December 20, 2020 10:31 am

      Sue – it is great fun to use several techniques in one project, this one didn’t need much thinking about. I hope your Christmas is merry and bright and that the New Year brings some relief for everyone.

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  6. December 20, 2020 1:29 am

    That’s so lovely, thank you for sharing.


  7. Kathy permalink
    December 19, 2020 5:46 pm

    Your blanket is so beautiful! I hope it was a labour of love!

    Love, Kathy


    • December 19, 2020 10:52 pm

      Hi Kathy – yes, love the spinning, loved the crazy year of dyeing and love the finished project. Lots of fun.


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