A mixed bag of blues and blueish from the red cabbage dye pot. I will try this again at a later date, but I wanted some blues for my prayer flags, and really, I'm pleased to acknowledge that red cabbage does produce blue.
The gauzes took the blue better than the large piece of dupioni, each gauze took the blue a bit differently, and the small strip of dupioni has a much deeper blue than the larger piece.
They were all a lovely light purple at first, but the blue took over as the dye pot cooled after the simmering. I rinsed, washed with Eucalan, then dried them, and the color lightened to (approximately) the above shades.
The first stitch for TAST is the fly stitch. I know everyone who is participating in the TAST Challenge was excited to finally begin stitching, and the fly stitch is very versatile--the kind of simple stitch that can be soothing work for the hands while listening to music or watching television or Netflix streaming. (My current Netflix love is Kingdom with Stephen Fry, and last night I stitched on the first prayer flag while watching the lovable Fry and the eccentric inhabitants of a small village in Norfolk.) I started with some simple fly stitches just to get the feel, and then began working some variations, and developing a pattern.
I'm still not certain how many prayer flags will be the result; I simply can't see myself as disciplined enough to make a new flag each week. That would be 52 prayer flags! I'll just see how I get along in the first month or so and hope for a pattern to arise.
Uh, oh. Now there are a bunch of blog posts about pantry re-organization. I'm always enchanted with the way some people's pantries look so beautiful, so homey, so designed to make you want to live in a house with "that" pantry.
I haven't even organized the bedroom closet yet, and now I want a gorgeous pantry! Sigh. "I want" does not, however, mean much. I only want a gorgeous pantry if someone else would do it. I definitely do NOT want to do it myself.