This has been my big summer project and I'm happy to be able to share it with you now!
It all started with a lucky girl who was given a raw fleece of local sheep (sorry don't know what kind of sheep):
And then I started spinning most of the white wool on my drop spindle. I left some brown/grey pieces in it on purpose, for a nice effect.
And after days of almost non-stop spinning I had 10 skeins of (almost) white yarn.
At our local greengrocer I've been collecting onion skins, because after eating onion soup, pasta with onions, onion bread, etc...I thought this would be a quicker way
And with some help from internet and the book Wild Colour (can be found on Amazon) I started dyeing...
I used iron and alum mordant to prepare the fibers and then yellow skins for yellow/orange and red skins for a green colour.
Et voilà, le résultat:
The more orange coloured one on the left is made with iron mordant + yellow skins.
The greens are beautiful moss green, but somehow my camera won't catch the right colour.
On my holiday in the North of France I started the real work. First, making workable balls of yarn.
And then the crocheting! I used the "Elise shawl" pattern from Ravelry, but in stead of adding the picot edging I decided to make it more my own style and made braids at both ends with knots (sorry, don't know the appropiate English term, but you see what I mean
and done! (shown by the legal heir of the shawl
And this is how I'll be wearing it (it looks a bit small this way, because part of it is folded):
Merci et au revoir!