Thursday, 21 May 2009

Show and Tell

Little vest for littlest Monkey, made using my homespun, dyed with food colouring. It's my second version, I've written down what I did, but I still think it needs some changes if I were to make it again. It's made in the round from the bottom up, there is no seaming at the end. If anyone is interested I'll try and put up the pattern, it's a size four, and the gauge is bulky.

Meanwhile my obsession with eco dying continues:
Iron Bark
Eucalyptus Cinerea

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Blogger jenny said...

I love the vest, bet she does too. I really enjoy seeing what littlest monkey is wearing on a Sat morning.

21 May 2009 at 15:08  
Blogger Miriam said...

gorgeous vest! love the eucalypt print! where can i find some around here? xx

21 May 2009 at 17:40  
Blogger Mary said...

I'm really enjoying your dyeing projects - so I am glad you continue to be obsessed.

21 May 2009 at 19:26  
OpenID peppermintpatcher said...

Vest is very sweet. The iron bark sample is really interesting.

21 May 2009 at 21:26  
Blogger Melinda said...

The vest is gorgeous. Love the eco-dying. Again, imagining some gorgeous scents round your place. How do the dyes launder?

22 May 2009 at 06:35  
Blogger crafty said...

Jenny- She said she liked it when I finished it, but she has so far refused to wear it. :(

Mim- Opposite our place for the iron bark. I have used it before and never had such an orange result (golden brown), these particular ones are from school, we had to move some and give them a trim, so the leaves were from younger trees. I thought this was why, but when I experimented again with the ones across the road, I got the same pinky orange, so now I wonder if it is something in the silk. These two are silk jersey, which seems to take colour more easily than silk habutai.

The eucalyptus cinerea is a bit harder to find. I got a sprig from under my car windscreen wiper, left by a very thoughtful soul, I'll tell you about it in person.

Thankyou Mary, Tracey and Melinda! I haven't laundered these samples yet, (except to try and get out the cheap blue texta I had an accident with....grrrr) but so far the others I have done have been fine.

22 May 2009 at 12:31  
Blogger Stomper Girl said...

Gorgeous vest. I hope I get to see her actually wear it one day.

23 May 2009 at 14:27  
Blogger Warty Mammal said...

Oh, beautiful! You've chosen some lovely harmonious colors. Very subtle.

24 May 2009 at 08:09  
Blogger crafty said...

Hi Warty, thanks! The beauty of doing this, is that I didn't actually -choose- the colours, it just turned out that way, the greens in the iron bark sample were actually a lovely surprise, and from the same leaves as the orange. I think they were in the middle and so were not exposed to as much heat.

26 May 2009 at 10:47  
Blogger Suse said...

Woohoo, I've been spinning and dyeing too!

What sort of wheel do you have?

4 June 2009 at 13:17  
Blogger Crafty Little Witch said...

Great colour from the eucalyptus cinerea.

12 June 2009 at 01:31  
OpenID craftygirlwithruffle said...

What a gorgeous little cardigan and not a dot in sight ...... I've added you to my blogroll now so that I won't loose you again. xx

17 July 2009 at 18:31  
Blogger Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Gorgeous vest, love the colours.

7 November 2009 at 23:41  

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