In the warm lamp light yesterday:
In the cool day light this morning:
My skeins all ended up a bit muted, a bit light. One of my fellow students had intense coloured skeins:
Beautiful combination! Just lying there on the table while we had tea and chocolates. Beautiful! And so very inspiring.
Another inspiration on the table:
A strange things happened with one of my skeins, it changed colour midway:
This skein was made from two skeins of the original cone. One of these skeins must have been treated differently than the other. Perhaps washed more thoroughly or put last in the mordanting bath. I mordanted with alum.
We made fresh skeins yesterday morning for the hostess, so she could participate in the dyeing too. These skeins were not mordanted and took up way less colour than mordanted skeins. So perhaps my lighter part was also mordanted less than the darker part.
Again, it was a wonderful course. Chiel Noordeloos is so knowledgable! And he’s so good in running the course, keeping track of the time while everything is relaxed.
The venue, De Schapekop, is also very nice. It’s a wool and yarn shop with lots of workshops and textile day trips and holidays. The owner, Carina, has a flock of Zwartbles and Shetland sheep and the Zwartbles have been lambing just this week! She hasn’t slept much and had to run out for a bit, every day after lunch, to go and feed the ewes. This on top of providing us with homemade breads and jams and soup and trifle, just for lunch!
Today I’m going to leave the skeins out so I can look at them. Already plans are forming. I’m rereading the plans that I got from last year’s dyeing, about using typical Dutch cultural and heritage shapes. Last year I took a close look at snowdrops in Art Nouveau tiles and translated that in one cuff:
Finding out that good contrast is extremely important when knitting with these mushroom yarns. I will frog this cuff to salvage the yarns and use them with this year’s batch.
I may pick up snowdrops again… or a more industrial design inspiration from the 20th century… or the shapes of the typical Dutch canal houses…. Yesterday, driving to the venue, I passed through typical Dutch landscape of flat grassland with straight sleats and raised canals and old willows and dark silhouettes of windmills against sweeping skies. Doesn’t get much more “Holland” than this.
pic by Frans de Wit
But would I want to wear a tourist snack on my body?
And is that the best use of these soft, lovely colours?
The project is definitely going to be a stranded vest with swirly, vertical lines.