Thursday, July 28, 2016

Natural Dye - Marigolds

I absolutely adore Marigolds!  Lovely flowers that bloom all Summer long + they are excellent at natural dye.

I'm a knitter but not really a sock knitter - preferring other wearable accessories and sweater knitting over socks, but I've always wanted a pair.  I purchased this sock yarn way back in 2008 when I was pregnant with my first child with the hopes of it becoming socks, but never got around to it.  The poor skein has been shoved around in my yarn stash box for years now, since I'm not that impressed with the color it lay neglected.  It is way to blue and I've often wondered why I even bought it in the first place.  It is Lana Grossa Meilenweit - colorway 8007 (blue, tan with a bit of yellow - maybe some grey)


I found a bag of Marigolds taking up freezer space and decided to finally use them.  
Frozen since 2013! 

 over 12 oz of flowers for my 4 oz skein is a bit much 
so I raided my closet for something to add to the dye pot.  
I found a 100% cotton summer tank 
that is just a boring white.  
Tossed both in for an alum mordant

Here is the after yarn dyed with Marigolds and a quick half skein dunk in an Iron post mordant

I divided the skein into two equal mini skeins for easy sock knitting.  
Love the green, yellow earthy tones! 
 I cannot wait to cast on

I plan on knitting the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson 
since the pattern is full of tips and tricks for the not so
sock knitter - kind of knitter, like myself!