Some Kind of Wonderful Red
July 27, 2009
Surprise from the windbreaks of West Marin…
The morning light captured the fire-like quality of this hand-spun corriedale cross yarn. I harvested Eucalyptus from a road cut near my home yesterday. Branches and leaves were used to make the dye vat for this skein. I am still looking at the USDA plant data base to identify the variety of Eucalyptus I harvested. It had the most incredible little seed pods- like little fairy hats. The fresher seed pods had pink hairs adorning their base, like the rosy hem of a Victorian era woman’s gown.
The yarn changes color depending on the light that it’s residing in. The quality of this color most resembles that of fire. It illuminates yellow, red, and orange tones and hues depending on the angle one is viewing it from. I have never dyed a yarn with this dynamic play of color. I have also never used this species before. There was some serious excitement when I pulled this skein out of the dye vat. I couldn’t help but jump around, and run upstairs to show my husband in total excitement. He has seen enough of my work to understand the importance of this finding- he looked at it from every angle, trying to figure out exactly what color was being reflected to his eye.
Here the same skein, once again looking rather orange. From red, to yellow-orange, to orange again, all depending on the light and shadow. This will make an exquisite summer shawl… Until next time! Thanks for checking in.