Cochineal Dyeing… I think if you click on the first photo you can just barely see the color of the dye with the little bugs in the pan. I used distilled water to simmer the bugs for releasing the dye, and according to Michelle Wipplinger’s recipe (which I got through Deb Bramford), after extracting the dye with distilled water I could use tap/well water for topping off the liquid. This did not work for me as I believe my well water is the source of what turned my bright red dye into plum/purple yarn. It’s a lovely color, but I wanted red!
Three dyebaths…not much change between #2 and #3.
My progress on Hudson River from last week to this week. I’m done with the boat (yea!) and can now focus on the trees/cliffs/water/sky. The trees are a bit fiddly but once I work out a system I hope I will at least be able to make steady progress.
Now I’m finally going to take a photo of the ‘Arwen Cardigan.’ I don’t know when I’ll get to frogging and fixing.
Some big collar, right? Anyway, the rest of the sweater fits well (better on me than my svelte dress form on which it hangs badly!), and I like the zipper! Of course, I have to take out the zipper and completely frog the collar since it was knitted sideways onto the neck opening. I picked up a stitch from the neck edge every other row, but when I re-do I will either:
A. Pick up a stitch from the neck edge every 4th row
B. Knit the collar separately to a length I like and sew it to the neck edge, easing it in to make it fit.
I’m leaning toward “B.”