Also known as Belladonna, has been used in poisons, hallucinogens and sleeping drugs. Ladies of the night would put a drop in their eyes to make their pupils dilate and appear more appealing. It appears back to mythical times…. and is divine shades of purple and black.
Why am I blogging about Deadly Nightshade on my craft blog? Only because I am currently spinning yarn that encapsulates both the colour and the seduction of the myth of Belladonna. Natural black Huacaya alpaca and Mulberry silk dyed in shades of purple.
It is soft, glints of silky shine, and will be a laceweight 2ply for a decadent shawl.
Last December I received the last installment in a fibre club subscription. BFL (Blue-faced Leicester) and Angora blend.. divine, right? Well, I didn’t think so. The colours were so not… well, me. For 2 months I was considering trying to swap or sell it off to a more appreciative recipient. But I was also desperate to try BFL, as I’d not spun it before. So I sucked it up and decided I would spin it, and then see if it should be sold as handspun or knit and be given as a gift.
So I whipped out my Christmas present spindle (which is an awesome Spindolyn) and started spinning. Apparantly the BLF/Angora was desperate to be lace, so I spun on.
I soon received a lovely gift of some silk hankies (the kind to be spun) in beautiful firey tones. So I started spinning those too.
Then it hit me. Why not ply the silk to the BFL/Angora? They were very complimentary in tone and would look stunning as a fibre combination.
As you can see, the end result is awesome! My only problem is that I didn’t have enough silk to ply with ALL of the BFL/Angora blend.
While the individual yarns have their own distinct looks, they look awesome together.
The big lesson really, is to try new things. Step outside your colour comfort zone and see what happens!