shades of summer

spent a relaxing couple of days at the cabin. First we had to do some work – resealing the driveway. But with 2 pairs of hands it went quickly.Then we were able to go out on the lake. The temps have cooled off so we thought a little fish tickling was in order.

But the fish didn’t cooperate. Of course it doesn’t really matter if you catch fish when the scenery is this pretty.

The biggest part of fishing is just to be outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. Maybe next week we will catch some fish….or maybe we won’t — but it’s all good.

I did get to a bit of dyeing though. This is yarn dyed with cosmos flowers. What a riot of orange!

Often when I dye The color is nothing like the plant but with cosmos blossoms you get the oranges that you see in the flowers. Look at the variegation in that flower. It matches the kettling that is in this yarn.It is almost magic the way the yarn echos the flower petal’s subtle hues.

This yarn is going to remind me of the warm sun in my garden as I knit it in the dead of the winter. Well you might have to take my word for it because for some reason my camera doesn’t capture the orange colors as well as the yarn did.

This is the yarn dyed with golden rod. Isn’t the  yellow bright – it’s almost neon yellow with just a little green cast to it.  The dye pot on this one last forever – I usually throw out the pot of dye before I exhaust all the color. And this flower also dyes the same bright flower you see on the plant. Bright and sunny flowers that you have probable seen in ditches along side the road. A common weed blamed for sinus problems. But this plant doesn’t cause you to sneeze it is more than likely ragweed that is in bloom at the same time. Golden rod gets the blame because it stands out more.

Some of the yarn will get overdyed with walnut for rich browns and some will be overdyed with indigo for greens.

I also dyed some square of wool fabric to send to my daughter. I know you can see the orange and yellow are from cosmos and goldenrod. The  brown underneath the yellow was dyed first with golden rod and then walnut and the one underneath the orange wool was dyed first with cosmos and then walnut.

I am happy with all the bright colors I dyed this week.



  1. Curls & Q said,

    August 23, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I couldn’t get the right colors with my yarn photos either until I started to use Lightroom. Couldn’t even get it right in Photoshop. Love this dye color.

    • whatzitknitz said,

      August 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Thanks I am off to google Lightroom now and learn more about it so I can share better pictures of my dyed yarn.

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