Last fall, on the afternoon before our first hard frost, the girls and I visited a friend’s farm to gather flowers from her cutting gardens. In addition to armloads of flowers for bouquets, I took enough dahlia blossoms and leaves to dye a few skeins of yarn.
These skeins were dyed with the dahlia blossoms. I dipped them in an indigo vat to get the deep green below.
The beige skeins were dyed with the dahlia leaves. My dye book said that the leaves would yield greens, and while these are a lovely shade of green-beige, they are far more beige than green.
I searched for the perfect pattern to incorporate both colors and settled on Andrea’s Shawl.
I gave this shawl to the friend whose flowers were used to dye the yarn, and now I want to knit another one! The pattern is interesting and fun to knit, and goes quickly! I knit the small size and it works well worn wrapped like a scarf around the neck. It occurred to me that some of you might really enjoy this pattern as well, so I created several “kits” containing enough of my naturally dyed sport weight American wool (my favorite yarn) to knit the small size in two colors. I’ll put a preview of some of the colors up on Instagram later this week. You can purchase the pattern here. (I have no affiliation with the designer, just enjoyed her pattern.) I plan to update my shop on Friday, February 9th at 11 a.m. The kits will be listed along with more naturally dyed American wool yarn, play silks, and goat’s milk soap!