My garden patch of dyer’s chamomile has produced so many flowers this year, I decided to use some more of them. I’d read that using a yellow dye on a grey yarn would produce green so as I had a spare skein of DROPS Flora pale grey merino/alpaca yarn left over from a sweater that […]
Today I dyed 50g of Regia for Hand-Dye 4ply yarn with the flowers from some dyer’s chamomile (anthemis tinctoria) from the bottom of my garden.
The books said use at least an equal weight of the flower-heads to the yarn, but to get the best possible chance of a stronger colour I used more than 4 times as much – 215 grams of fresh flower heads for 50g of yarn. I’d mordanted the yarn overnight, so all I had to this morning was boil the flower heads for an hour, then add the yarn and leave it to simmer for another hour.
I took up knitting a few years ago for something to occupy myself with in the evening, and despite its ‘old lady’ image found there’s a lot of lively, young knitters out there in the community and a ton of yarny inspiration to be found online. From knitting my own garments I got interested in […]