....new friends - in workshops, while demonstrating and while travelling in Italy, Shetland and Iceland
I washed buckets full of fleece....
and used some un-washed
.... dyed some of it....
forsythia, silver birch, woad, eucalyptus, golden sorrel, bronze fennel,
.... flowers .....
red hyacinths, hibiscus, daffodils, red and yellow carnations, buttercups, campanula, alchemilla, lavender, salvia, verbena, lily, hydrangea, (not all successful but worth trying!)
yew, logwood, brazilwood
.... fruit ...
worcesterberries, jostaberries, purple grapes, passionfruit
|Passion fruit skins|
.... and vegetables.....
red cabbage, red and yellow onion skins, beetroot skins
...in fact just about anything that came my way...
....including Kool Aid
|Mixed Kool Aid colours on grey Blue Texel and white Shetland fleece|
before and after drum carding
and synthetic dyes - I dyed some lovely multi-coloured braids of Blue-Faced Leicester tops but I've lost the photos!
I reorganised my dye samples library (it took ages) to make it portable
and added some new plants to my dye garden including a lovely (and expensive) eucalyptus tree
I did hours of carding....
|Blue Texel on the Louet 36pt drum carder|
....and blended undyed wool to create gradients of colour....
and mixed dyed wool and other fibres....
.... for delicious multi-coloured textured batts
I spun all sorts of fancy yarns in workshops in Perthshire, Shetland and Italy.....
|spinning a marl yarn from a mixed batt|
|Navajo-plying a singles yarn spun from a space-dyed braid|
|the Navajo-plyed yarn knitted up|
.... and some lovely solid-colour yarn for my beloved Fair Isle knitting.
And of course I knitted, almost every day, sometimes with commercial yarn....
|a cardi for my friend's baby; in Trekking sock yarn|
|Betty teacosy designed by Anne Kingstone; in New Lanark aran and Betty Stoller alpaca|
|A simple hat (my design) in yarn hand-dyed by Elbert Espeleta|
|La Digitessa designed by Yarnissima; in Dreams in Colour|
|Peerie Flooers designed by Kate Davies, in Jamieson & Smith Shetland wool yarn|
|My version of Sissal designed by Jamieson & Smith, in their Shetland wool yarn|
|Garter stitch triangle shawl in mohair boucle yarn shade-dyed by me using home-grown Japanese indigo|
|Divided socks (two-at-a-time, toe up) my design, in Mirasol yarn|
|Sheep Carousel designed by Kate Davies, my modification (tail) in J&S Shetland Supreme|
|Christmas baubles, my design using traditional Fair Isle motifs, in J&S Shetland wool yarn|
|a fur-lined trapper hat for Kirsty (she liked it, but didn't enjoy being photographed!)|
.... but my favourite projects this year were knitted with my own handspun yarn
|Yarn: Fractal-spun hand dyed merino top dyed by Jon Dun-Ballam|
Design: Northmavine Hap by Kate Davies
|yarn: hand-spun hand dyed Blue-faced Leicester, |
Design: Flight Gloves (my design)
and 2013's top project - my Scatness tunic - I used two dyes grown in my garden, two fleeces grown within 5 km of my home, five solar-dyed colours, two undyed colours, all spun and knitted by hand.