Felted blanket

I decided I wanted another blanket covering the box by the stove, and that it would be a fine way to test some of the plant dyed yarns. The original lid has white cloth on it, not very practical for cats with muddy paws.

The plan is to leave it there and take new pix after summer and after a year, after wash etc. to see how lightfast they are. Especially useful info for the tapestry project!

To make it sturdier I decided on a felted blanket, so I knit some squares very loosely, then threw it in the washing machine with soap flakes which are neutral and should not disturb the colours is my previous experience.

  • Start size: 75×85 cm, rather a lot larger than my swatch had indicated!
  • Size after 60 degree wash: 46 x 47 cm
  • Blocked: 50 x 50 cm
  • Colour development: No loss but some seem to have changed a bit. I guess I’ll have to find those skeins in the box and compare.
  • Yarn used: 185 g

blanket03

I’d expected to have to do another 90 degree wash and perhaps tumble dry AND handfelt a bit on the long side. It must have been the larger size and being washed with other items, because it ended up smaller than I wanted in the first wash. So instead I had to block it a bit. Actually I should have blocked it more, but whatever.

I used the same yarn base for all squares, and they were identical when I assembled them – so it’s quite funny how some now look smaller than the others. It’s fine, I meant it to be a bit random and organic looking. Now to see if I can get used to all that yellow. I’ve been saying that it’s amazing how nearly all plant dyed yarns seem to go well together. Well, they don’t quite. When I’m done with this, suntesting etc. I think it might have a meeting with an indigo vat. Which in itself will be interesting!

blanket04

Of course just now we won’t have any sun to speak of for about a week at least, so the photo conditions are not the best. But could I wait? Noooo….. I’ll have to compare colours to the remaining skeins. But it looks pretty much the same as what I put in the machine. Some plants are there twice, but dyed with different methods or mordants/modifiers.

I’m going to have to follow up later with the actual real colours in proper light, it’s just too dark here inside and out.

Filtetæppedanish

For at komme i gang med at bruge noget af mit plantefarvede garn, besluttede jeg at lave et lille tæppe til brændeovnstaburetten. Den har et låg med hvidt stof, ikke så smart til dovne katte med mudrede tæer, men vi har hidtil bare “midlertidigt” haft et spejdertæppe lagt hen over.

Så jeg tænkte jeg samtidig kunne bruge det til at lysteste nogen af planterne og strikkede derfor nogen meget løse firkanter af hver sit nøgle garn, så jeg bagefter kunne filte tæppet uden at ende med et bræt. Jeg har primært brugt de ældste fra 2011 fordi jeg også går og lurer på, om de falmer i sig selv af at bare ligge.

Det blev lidt rigeligt stort i forhold til min strikke-vaskeprøve, men jeg smed det frisk i maskinen på 60 grader med sæbespåner og et par håndklæder. Jeg havde egentlig regnet med, at det også skulle tumbles og måske vaskes på 90, men det kom faktisk mindre ud af maskinen end jeg skulle bruge! Så det måtte lige blokkes i stedet. Start: 75×85 cm, efter vask: 46×47, blokket: 50×50.

Farverne ser ikke ud til at have ændret sig i styrke, men nogen virker anderledes, så jeg må nok have kassen frem og finde de respektive nøgler, så jeg kan sammenligne. Sjovt nok er nogen af firkanterne mindre end de andre, altså filtet uens, for jeg har brugt samme garn hele vejen igennem. Men det er helt ok. Nu skal jeg så lige se om jeg kan vænne mig til alt det gule. Ellers ryger det i en gang indigo når jeg er færdig med at teste lysægthed. Der kommer et opdateret billede af de reelle farver, når vejret er til at fotografere uden blitz.

Jeg har brugt i alt 185 g garn.

7 thoughts on “Felted blanket

  1. Det er da et flot resultat, som du godt kan være glad for. Min erfaring er at plantefarver ikke ændrer sig synderligt i vask – bortset fra sorte bønners blå som forsvinder – men både med tiden, altså bare ved at ligge, så om du kan sammenligne med de oprindelige bundter er jo et godt spørgsmål. Måske bør du pakke en farveprøve fra hver lufttæt og i sort, lystæt plastik og så putte dem i fryseren.

    1. Jeg har oplevet at nogen farver blev til beige hvis jeg brugte alm. vaskepulver – men det har muligvis været de som var flygtige i forvejen.

      Det mest interessante er jo faktisk hvordan garnet ser ud efter brug, ikke når man lagrer det. Men det kræver jo års erfaring inden man finder et nogenlunde ensartet mønster.

  2. I really like it, it’s a great mixture of sunny colours! It almost looks like the felting process has concentrated the colours even more. It never ceases to amaze me how bright some of the naturally dyed yellows can be, at least when they are newly dyed. And it’ll be very interesting to see how those colours develop over time, whether or not they get thrown into the indigo vat!

    1. That’s what G said, the colours have concentrated now the fabric is so much denser. I’ll get out the skeins later in the week to compare each square. Some of them were cold dyed, so in theory they could have changed at 60 C? Or some of the modifiers “washed out”?

Leave a Reply to MotherOwl Cancel reply