Beets, walnuts, onions, coffee, tea, dahlias, marionberries, spices.
It sounds like a lovely haul from the farmers market. And it is. It also happens to be a list of foods that can be used to dye gorgeous yarn.
Here in Portland, the big downtown farmers' market is an incredibly crowded festival every weekend, and I do sometimes take a deep breath and go in for ceramic-cone-dripped-made-on-demand coffee, small batch goat cheese and salami, and tons of leafy vegetables for which I have big hopes and visions (that sometimes become real).
This week, I've simply been dreaming about the colors from afar.
I told you before about the radicchio yarn that Stevanie dyed for my market stole pattern. That yarn was inspired by the food but created with acid dye. But that experience got us to thinking about a book--one of our four proposed books, in fact--focused entirely on yarns dyed from farmers' market foods.
Stevanie will dye colorways using foods we get here at the market and from our yards and friends' gardens and farms. For my part, I have a ton of hops in my yard, and many kinds of native berries. Stevanie's farm has everything from onions to goldenrod.
Her dyers' notes and color sketches will accompany five or more knitting designs that are inspired by the natural patterns in the foods themselves, the repetition of shapes and profusion of colors at the market, and the bustle and spirit of the market.
Photo on by flickr user monitorpop.
This market is our planned book for Summer/Fall 2012. If we make our kickstarter goal of $6600 by August 10, we'll be making three other e-books as well. We are facing the thought that we might not make the goal in the next four days. If that happens, we are looking forward to developing this farmers' market idea into a bigger book for dyers and knitters. As with those we're proposing in the series, it will be full of stuff you don't find in a typical knitting book, from designers' sketches compared with finished projects, to dyers' drawings and mood boards.
Thank you for sharing the word about our project as we get down to the wire!
Photo by Sarah Gilbert