Beatrice loves to feel soft wool when it is clean and coloured and gets very excited by the range of colours you can get from the flowers and plants that grow at Dalmally Station and how they can be used to colour wool so today she has been learning about using them to dye wool.
She watched Liz cook onion skins and flowers in a huge pot,
being careful not to get too near in case the hot water burned her
of course !
After the wool came out of the pot and was cooled and dried it was carded to get all the fibres smooth ready for spinning.
Beatrice then went in search of her friend Auntie Sandy to find out what happens to some of the finished wool.
Sandy showed Beatrice how to knit, showing her how two big needles come together to make the most amazing things, but Beatrice found them too long for her to use and the sharp points rather frightening so Sandy showed her something called crochet and how the neat little crochet hook can make wonderful things too. Beatrice liked this best.
"Look at my new dress, made specially for me by my Auntie Sandy !"
Beatrice Bear Learns how to create Patterns