Jaywalkers in osage orange and indigo

First, there was some undyed wool and silk yarn.

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Then, there was osage orange sawdust. The colour was so sunny and lovely I considered leaving it at that.  But there was an indigo plan.

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The fructose vat, no less.

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So one fine day there was  variegated yellow-green-green-blue yarn.  (Yes, that is madder on the left).

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Jaywalker seemed the obvious pattern for the job.  Here we are at the bus stop after work.

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And at a coffee shop waiting for a delicate operation to be performed on my guitar across the road.

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And out for dinner at the central markets with our friends.

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We even went to a conference in Melbourne.

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This Melbourne arcade was so splendid I took photos just for the pleasure of it.

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Here is the sock in the foyer of the unglamorous conference venue, with its best feature (the flower arrangement).

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And here, at last, are the finished socks!

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I like the way this pattern zigs and zags.

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I like to use a reinforced heel stitch.

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And I’m pretty happy with the dyeing.  Hopefully the recipient will like them too when she returns from her current extended travelling.  They’re going in the mail today, with about 2 metres of leftover yarn.  Phew!  Just made it!

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Filed under Knitting, Natural dyeing

9 responses to “Jaywalkers in osage orange and indigo

  1. What a complex combination of colours. I am a big fan of green but these jaywalkers explode with every imaginable variation from gorgeous yellow- greens to deep grassy hues. Your busy brain and fingers are once again so inspiring.


  2. manja

    I love seeing the progression from undyed yarn to beautiful wearable sock! There is a small yarn shop near where Im staying and whenever i see the display of differently coloured bundles of yarn i think about you, and because of your blog, think about the Portuguese makers of the yarn, and the dyers and who they might be…


    • How wonderful to be admiring yarn (and so much more) in Portugal, and thinking of all those who made it come into existence! I hope that your travels are going really well. I am loving thinking of you far away and amid all kinds of gloriousness.


  3. ooohhh….lovely. All of the colors are amazing – the madder, the osage, and the green. And what a lovely life your sock creations lead before they even come off the needles. I’m sure that adds to their karma no end.


  4. katgallow

    So I do recognise this masterpiece! Just gorgeous.


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