Mauve over and let me see
Saturday April 19th 2008, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Amaryllis,To dye for

Where’s a flowery phrase when you need one.

If I knew the chemistry of the various possible mordants and their effects, I might well have been able to alter how the color came out.  Still.  I like what I got.  Eight hundred seventy-five yards of April-blooming amaryllis-colored alpaca/silk.  One of a kind.

Fino dyed in amaryllis flowers

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I am so impressed!

Comment by Momo Fali 04.19.08 @ 2:04 pm

A lace shawl knit with yarn hand dyed from gorgeous flowers–could it possibly get any better???

Comment by Toni 04.19.08 @ 3:45 pm

“Could it possibly get any better???”

Yes, probably, because Alison is very likely to keep trying, so it will get better!!

Comment by Laura 04.19.08 @ 3:48 pm

Amazing Amaryllis Yarn! I love it. Congratulations on a successful color job.

Comment by Shelly H 04.19.08 @ 4:33 pm

who would have thought… Now when my flowers start blooming (if they every do…) I’m going to be looking at them in a whole new light

Comment by Sandra 04.19.08 @ 5:54 pm

so pretty! (alternate title….”the yarn ROSE to the occasion) (yea, lame-o I know..LOL)

Comment by heather 04.19.08 @ 6:18 pm

That is a seriously cool way to dye your yarn. What special memories anything knit from that yarn will have.

Comment by Susan 04.19.08 @ 6:20 pm

Oh… that’s lovely! seriously, now That’s the kind of delicate pink I like, reminds me of the inside of a seashell…a baby’s delicate ear… Brava!
It’s actually very much like the colour of a little linen dress I handstitched for Gracie when she was very young… I love it.

Comment by marianne 04.19.08 @ 7:26 pm

It is such a lovely colour, so soft and delicate. Great job!

Comment by Vicki 04.19.08 @ 9:26 pm


I love that color!! I can’t wait to see what you make with it.

Comment by Janet 04.19.08 @ 11:13 pm

Lovely stuff! One sure wouldn’t find that color at the local LYS. I hope there will be many equally successful experiments to follow.

Comment by Lynne 04.19.08 @ 11:33 pm

One of my treasures is a copy of a gov’t study.

Several decades ago (30’s? 40’s? I’d have to get the book, currently inaccessible) The gov’t paid two women to do a study on hundreds of natural dyes, and all the colors the various mordants made.
Now THAT’S a dream job!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 04.20.08 @ 6:47 am

It’s beautiful. Yes, mordants might have made a difference, but some of those mordants are also heavy metals. Yuk. Better to keep it simple, and beautiful. Congratulations on a wonderful day of amaryllises and wool!

Comment by Linda W 04.20.08 @ 8:28 am

Wow, how lovely is that?? Glad you had fun and it produced such gorgeous *pink* yarn. Now you have to write down your exact combination so you can produce it again =;)

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Comment by Danielle from SW MO 04.21.08 @ 5:22 am

I love the yarn color!!! WTG!!!

Comment by Toni 04.21.08 @ 6:03 am

Wow, the sweater is a veritable work of art!!
Love the “wingspan” description, the designs,the color; quite clever all around! 🙂

Comment by Toni 04.21.08 @ 6:09 am

WOW! The color match is perfect. You never cease to amaze me. 🙂

Comment by Sonya 04.21.08 @ 11:57 am

Just beautiful.

Comment by Lene 04.21.08 @ 9:01 pm

Holy Blushing Amaryllis, batman! That came out so great, Alison.
Would you try it again in the future?

Comment by Karin 04.22.08 @ 6:22 am

In a heartbeat!

Comment by AlisonH 04.22.08 @ 11:52 am

!!! Oh, that is so pretty. I may have to acquirean amyrillis or two.

I can’t wait to see what you make with it.

Comment by Liz 04.26.08 @ 5:42 am

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