Dyeing with fresh Japanese Indigo leaves requires a wee bit of patience, but is completely worth it. Once your plants are mature, you can harvest the leaves several times during the season. If you want to harvest more than once, don’t remove more than one third of the leaves so that the plant can recover.
One of my (many) current knits-in-progress is the Fish blanket by Jana Huck. Go ahead and take a look. It’s cool, right?
Even though there will be miles and miles of seaming (each fish is knit individually), I could not resist this pattern. I’m working it up in a light worsted weight yarn in green, yellow, and orange.
What do garden plans have to do with fiber? Well, it’s time to get the dyer’s garden started back up. Check out what can happen when you combine fiber and plant material:Continue reading