Spinning the children a yarn

I’ve been sorting and washing the Jacob sheep fleece that my Mother-In-Law brought over, back in June. It is taking longer than I imagined. I made the most of the good weather last week and processed the fleece outside, while the children played. As they collected acorns from around the oak tree, they hatched a plan to dye some of the fleece with the acorns.

Now, I’ve been reading up about natural dying and the idea of the children simmering acorns and fleece on top of the Aga, just seemed a bit more than I wanted to handle at that moment. I needed a more hands-on, fun method. So they each washed their handful of fleece in a bowl of warm water and detergent. Taking care not to felt it.

They added food colouring…. and then some more. They stirred a little. Just enough. We left it soaking over night and let it dry for another day.

I spun and plied it with some of the merino I already had on the bobbin. Voila. Three little balls of yarn.

Then each ball was knitted into a bracelet and a wooden button added. I think they liked them. I know they love the colours. My three little musketeers.

I’m putting the acorns aside for something else.

14 thoughts on “Spinning the children a yarn

  • Saturday 20 August, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    🙂 That is great!

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Emily.

  • Sunday 21 August, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Lovely, I bet they enjoyed that.
    Something my daughter loves and other children I’ve done this with is Solar Dyeing just in a jar or kilner jar – if you know we’re going to get some decent sunshine days, or if you help it by putting it inside by a sunny window or greenhouse. Use something natural again (plants, bark, seeds) and leave it in the sun for a while and it’s amazing the results you can get – something fun to watch the changes too. Maybe you’ve already done this with them but thought it worth a mention.

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Love this idea and, no, I’ve not come across it before. Thanks for the wonderful idea. All we need now is some sun!

  • Sunday 21 August, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love this post, your children are so lucky to have a mama who takes the time to teach her children such wonderful crafts, very pretty bracelets.

    lily x

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      If nothing else, it is easy entertainment for them all. I hope they are learning. Only time will tell.

  • Sunday 21 August, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I think that was a wonderful idea and I like the bracelets very much! Can’t wait to find out what you do with the acorns….

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      The children are enjoying wearing the bracelets. Acorns are still in a pile in the back of a toy truck.

  • Monday 22 August, 2011 at 3:36 am

    How wonderful…very clever, Mama. Can’t wait to see those acorns…I do love them so.

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      No particular project in mind, but I’m sure inspiration will hit in Autumn.

  • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Wonderful… from start to finish!! I love that they each washed their own fleece, then chose their own colors. And then they got to witness the mama magic that turned their raw material into a fashion statement!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Hopefuly this winter they are going to see jumpers made from start to finish. I love that my children don’t instantly assume that clothes are bought. More likely to assume that they can be made. Reality is that I don’t have the time to make everything.

  • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    well i just love it. you get up to the neatest things!!! i wouldnt mind knowing where you got those snazzy buttons..did you make them?

    • Tuesday 23 August, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      No, the buttons were an unusual find in my local craft shop. We are about to cut down a cherry tree and I’m eyeing up the branches for buttons and shawl pins and the trunk for wooden platters. Can’t wait!

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