Category Archives: Natural Dyes

Raised Beds

This is one of the raised beds we have in the back yard. Image  We have very poor soil with hard pan about a foot down.  The raised beds have been great.  We have been able to put good soil in them.  They are not super big so it’s easy to get to things in the middle.  We also have a HUGE problem with slugs and snails.  The raised beds give me much better control over those pests by putting Sluggo and eggshells around the periphery and putting 6 inch wide pieces of wood about 10-12 inches long on the surface of the bed.  Any slugs that make it past the periphery (few) take shelter under the boards and are easily eradicated.  This year I am going to grow marigolds, calendulas and amaranth in one of the beds and harvest them to brew up natural dye baths for some of my homespun yarn.  Have not done that before so I am really excited.

Aaron knits...and spins, and weaves.

A blog about knitting, spinning, weaving, and the fiber arts scene in New York's Greater Capital District.

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Geeks can code, geeks can knit, geeks can think (sometimes)

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Weaving With Cats

I'm a longtime weaver who sews my own clothing. More recently, I learned how to to knit, spin my own yarn, dye, felt, bead & more. My recent claim to fame is my spiral motif rigid heddle Mermaid Scarf on the Nov/Dec 2015 cover of Handwoven magazine. I have an eight shaft floor loom, eight shaft table loom, rigid heddle loom, inkle loom, backstrap loom, a pack of cards for card weaving, and a vintage tiny rigid heddle Weave Easy Hand Loom. Occasionally I will post about other crafts I make, especially ones involving sea shells. I belong to many Facebook weaving, spinning, dyeing & knitting groups. My two kitties Pablo and Sasha are littermates. My sister rescues homeless cats in San Diego and my sweet kitties were born at just the right time for me to adopt them. They enjoy my fiber arts endeavors as much as I do.

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