So did you see?

Great Britain has a new princess. Isn’t she adorable?  DID YOU SEE HER BONNET?  And blanket?  Those look lovingly handmade to me! I’ll have to go searching the webs to find clear close-ups of them.

And I hope when Kate got home she got to lie down for a while. Public appearance ten hours after giving birth?  I would NOT be into that part of having princes and princesses for children.

On another topic – sort of –

Ever since my sister made a delicious root salad using beets and other vegetables I didn’t think I liked, I have been thinking about using beets to dye yarn.  So last night I went at it.

I started with about 3 ounces of worsted weight natural colored wool, inherited from Cousin Nancy (I have a HUGE spool of it – pounds, in fact) that I wound into a cake.

Nancy yarn cone

This is the spool. It is great for experimenting, and I think I might use it to make myself a garment.  Someday.

I chopped up one smallish beet (about the size of a small apple) and a small portion of stems, and cooked them in the crock pot with water and vinegar for about half an hour.  Then I plopped in the yarn and let it cook until the beets were white.  Really!  Chemistry is amazing.

beet dying 1

But what I got was yellow yarn.  I think it was the stems. I was sad.  This was not the amazing pink I was expecting.

beet dying 2

So this morning, I am at it again with two beets this time, no stems.  So far, I have the pink I was hoping for.  Not magenta as I might expect, but as I am starting with yellow yarn, I am just pleased to see pink.  Beets still have color, and the water is still violently pink, so I will keep on cooking.

beet dying 3

beet dying 5

beet dying 4

See the beet bits are getting lighter? And the yarn darker?  I am getting there!

A is just so pleased that the house smells like beets and vinegar and wet wool.  🙂

Since she went off to play golf with my step dad, I am airing out the house so she will never know how bad it really got.

I’ll let you know how the yarn comes out!

7 thoughts on “So did you see?”

  1. Why do you put the vinegar in while its hot? I thought vinegar was for setting the color so it wouldn’t run afterwards—like a mordant.

    1. Hmmm – good question! I do that when I use Kool Aid and food coloring – I read it online somewhere, and it worked, so I just tried it. Really, I was winging it. Maybe next time I will try it afterwards, and see if it gets pinker.

    1. yes, look, she is a cutie, of course, she could hardly miss being that, right? And of course she was only about 12 hours old, so she is still a bit pinker than normal.

  2. the blanket looks to be the same one prince George was taken home in, you might find better photos of him! Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

  3. If you haven’t already, search the plant/seed database sites for “dye” – I tag my plants by uses, and you wouldn’t believe how many have various parts to make your own dyes with! 🙂

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