(Around now you might be wondering "Why? Why is she doing this, with all the other fabulous things that a person could knit or crochet,...." Well. You might remember that last summer I took on the task of dispersing the yarn from a retired weaver. I did manage to get a great deal of the yarn out to new homes. However, much of what was leftover from assorted sales was a bunch of odds and ends that includes older yarns that are quite rough feeling for many knitting or crochet projects,-- understandable since it was intended for woven rugs, i think,-- and also a lot of the "less desirable" colors, like weird pinkish browns, and lots of orange. They also run the whole range of weights from lace-weight to quite a bit heavier. I had to think of something to use all these yarns for so that they are useful, and don't spend the next twenty years just sitting on some shelf.
It can be really pretty to combine colors and it is a hobby in itself to make new combinations!
After the test piece above, I thought it would be fun to do some hexagons, and sew them together like you would in quilting,
I made several hexagons in various colors and whip stitched them together. ( I did take photos, but unfortunately my camera has been hauled around a lot the past few days and somewhere I slid the focus from automatic to manual without really noticing, and so the photos came out all blurry). :(
Then I crocheted a few rows around the whole thing.
Then I felted it in the washing machine.
I really like the way the colors mesh on the green edging:
I decided to wind balls of the yarns, since most of it is on cones or in skeins, and pack it up and mail it to Savannah where I can play more with this process.
However, some of the colors are really blah.... I used up most of the pretty colors already. I don't want a bunch of ugly pinkish-brown, orange and black floor mats, No. So I decided to over-dye some of it. So I did.
I came up with some nice purples, (also some bright reds, although they are sort of on the rust side, and some that are sort of navy)