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February 14, 2008



I can't wait to see how this turns out! What was stained? What color did the yarn end up? Were the beets tasty??


Heh. Love that story. And I really loved when the woman at the GM booth remembered you!


I'll be watching and can't wait to see what happens!


Great story! Can't wait for part 2.


I can't wait to see the end-result!


Hehee, that was funny! Can't wait to see what happens next. :-)


Ah, a cliffhanger episode! It's so funny the saleslady remembered you. Given that she did, it seems really nice for both of you that you had the opportunity to put her mind at ease. I'm looking forward to hearing how the beet dyeing worked out.


I agree, beets sounds much better suited to that yarn. Can't wait to see the results!


You left me hanging! I can't wait to see how this turns out. Got a laugh at the wincing thing. It's like taking a bunch of organically grown, locally farmed veggies and dousing them in Velveeta cheese sauce. I admit that I've done this. Naughty maybe but tasty.


Oooh, I love a good cliffhanger!


When I was in art school, I took a natural dye class. It was a lot of fun to know that not everything has to be colored via chemicals. We were warned about a few dye materials that seem to work but that don't last. Beets were one of them. Beets dye yarn a beautiful pink color and never stay. They wash out as soon as you rinse the yarn. If any color stays it will end up fading very quickly especially when it comes in contact with light.

For a stronger longer lasting red/pink color, I recommend brazilwood, cochineal, lac, or hibiscus (dried works wonders). There are many more but those give consistent non-fading colors.

If you are looking for something that is food safe and you can do it in your kitchen, I recommend the hibiscus. You would mordant the yarn with cream of tartar before dying it. This will hold the color much better than the beets but will eventually fade also.

The brazilwood, cochineal and lac will last the longest amount of time in relation to fading. If you still want to use the beets you can over dye the yarn with one of these dye materials to make it more color fast.

Good luck. Have fun with this.


Wait, what! That's it!! You can't start off with a great opening like that and leave us with a cliffhanger of a post ending! There wasn't even a picture of beets bobbing in boiling water (or whatever you do to extract the color). If you start turning your posts into some sort of serialized business, I might have to revolt! I am curious now. I want to know if the yarn will be red-red, pink-red, or brownish-pink...well, maybe that last one is a stretch...


Oh, this will be interesting, can't wait to see - sounds so rich and fabulous already!


Good for you! (And that is a great story, too.) I can't wait to see how it turns out . . . I just love a good story.


A cliffhanger? Naughty!!!!


....AND THEN?! :D

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