Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Naturally Dyed Crochet Blanket

Here is another project that started out as one thing and ended up as another!  

I spun up a bunch of chunky yarn  out of wool and Angora Rabbit hair (which I raised at the time).  
Then I dyed it using dried Cochineal bugs (pink), and Woad (blue) from my garden.  
The purples come from combining the two colors using over-dying.  

My plans were to crochet a sweater, but it was just too chunky (think heavy!) and not enough yardage.  

I ended up crocheting a patchwork lap sized blanket.  

I think I've learned a lesson about the necessity of proper planning!  Next time I want to try making a sweater I will do some sample swatches before I spin up and entire basketful of yarn!

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