2020 Painted watchcap #7
Dyes from the land painting their own landcapes...
This short, snug watchcap is a double layer of my superfine knit. The yarn for the pattern band has been hand painted using the natural dye extracts that I hand farm and forage from the land around my studio. 2019 was a droughty year which meant less plentiful wild foraged dyes, making this collection a rare expression of a difficult year punctuated with moments of loveliness.
Dye materials include Coreopsis flowers, red-gilled cort mushroom, Hydnellum and Tapinella and mushrooms, and Punctelia rudecta lichen. Natural dark grey fiber background.
Exterior and interior fiber is 50% superfine local Romeldale wool / 50% local fine grade alpaca.
Unisex size stretches to fit most but the largest heads.
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Your new knit requires very little care except to be worn and loved. The most important thing is not to put it in the washing machine! If your knit gets dirty or stretched, handwashing will restore it. To wash, fill a basin with warm water and add about a teaspoon of gentle dishwashing liquid, castile soap, or a fiber wash product such as Unicorn Wash or Eucalan. Don’t use Woolite. Put your knit piece in the basin and let it soak for 30 minutes without agitating it. Remove and refill the basin with fresh water. Put the knit back in the basin and let soak for another 10 minutes. Do 2 more rinses in fresh water. Gently squeeze dry and/or roll in a towel and dry flat.
You can store your knit in the cloth bag it came in. If wool moths are a problem in your house, consider storing in a cedar chest.
May your head and heart be warm!