So we have an abundance of many things in our garden right now, beets being one of them, the grace our table nearly three times a week. Now usually I just pour out the beet juice, but last night I did something a little different.
I took my lovely first prize winning (I’m so happily surprised by that) Blue faced leicester and soaked it in bowl of warm water and vinegar for about twenty – thirty minutes, not sure on the exact time but it was soaking during bedtime stories.
Then following instructions I read on a blog about dying fabric, I added four cups of water and two cups of vinegar to the beet juice…now as you may have guessed it, this diluted the juice a bit
It was hard to tell what this would turn into, would the color stay?! I wasn’t sure, I’ve been to a couple natural dye day workshops now and no one ever said anything about beets. First I had pictured a deep dark purple, then as it steamed for twenty minutes obviously I imagined cheery red.
I let the yarn sit in the beet juice overnight, & what I got folks is a lovely color I wouldn’t trade for anything, a color to remind me that my favorite time of year is rapidly approaching
A nice yam orange.
Well I had so much fun dying the BFL with the beets that I decided I wanted to try more colors, sadly these aren’t natural, but it is colors I’ve tried for a long time to achieve.
They make me think of the ocean, I think they will both be headed up to my etsy page tomorrow after they have dried.