Monday, November 22, 2010
It was clinging to an old eucalyptus stump.
And this mushroom (common name: Dyer's polypore) made an awesome gold dyebath:
The colors are actually a bit brighter, with the scarf on the right being a little more yellow.
It's pretty common for one thing you're dyeing to hog all of the dye in the dyebath and that's just what happened here. These were both in the dyebath at the same time. I never really know which one will take all of the color.
Like I said, I have dyed with mushrooms before, but it was in a class.
Here is some yarn I dyed:
It should actually be a bit more of a vibrant salmon color. (I just can't seem to get the pictures right on this overcast day).
This yarn took most of the color from the dyepot, which my classmates and I were not expecting.
Maybe it was because of the nylon content in this sock yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon). I think for some reason it takes up a lot of dye, quicker.
I also dyed this silk scarf:
It was white (as were all of these items I dyed), then I put it in a mushroom dyebath. When I took it home it was more of an olive green, but after ironing it, the heat changed it to this sage color.
It's one of my favorite scarves.
Hoping for more good rains and fresh mushrooms to spring forth!
Mushrooms are such fascinating forms of life. If you ever get a chance to read up one them, you will not regret it. They are increasingly becoming an interest of mine. A friend recently gave me bags which I have been keeping moist and when the time is right Oyster mushrooms will come through the holes I've made in the bags. Yum! I'll let you know when this happens!
Monday, November 1, 2010
|Kale is one of our favorite vegetables, so I wanted to make sure to grow plenty of it.|
We love it cooked in a little olive oil with garlic or onion, and raisins or pine nuts! Yum!