Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mycelium blossoms still abound

Loving this new stitch, easy yet looks like I'm a very good knitter, just my type of mindless knitting....Faggot stitch, I am in love....

Not much posting lately as I have been working towards two Xmas fairs here, and so am busy labeling (not my favourite job) and then of course the sun was out so I was in the woods gathering the sanguinea and semi sanguinea like a mad fool...I would go for an supposed hour and three hours later emerge from the woods bags full of dyers mushrooms...I know the first frost will do them in so I have to gather now.

Will be doing a lot more dyeing after the fairs and have lots of dried dyer mushrooms to experiment with..even some blue tooth fungus..and some phelledon...very exciting.
And more on the newsy front Jenny Dean, author of a few of my favourite natural dyeing reference books, has a blog. http://www.jennydean.co.uk/wordpress/index.php and she has some great posts already. One on woad dyeing which I intend to do next year as I just received some woad seeds from Germany..I will trade her for Weld seeds.
So I will post more pics later, and have some "fair" stories to tell. Let the mycelium spread and the mushrooms bloom on...


Leena said...

Cedar, thank you so much for the link, Jenny Dean is my favourite author, also.
Exciting that you have found blue tooth funghi, put them soaking in ammonia until after xmas, it helps with the blue color.

yarnpiggy said...

I love easy stitches that make you look brilliant! :-)

I will check out Jenny Dean's blog; thanks for the link. I've only tried dyeing once -- with coffee -- but I really enjoyed it, and hope to do more of it soon.

cedar said...

Leena: thanks for the blue tooth tip I will do that...ammonia eh? I was going for alcohol....so thanks heaps.

Yarnpiggy: was that dye job when you spilt you coffee on your knitting.....joking lol...I love your blog...

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