Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Green Gable

Here is my latest addition to Renaissance Yarn's pattern library. This is Green Gable, a lovely lacy scarf done in Tilli Tomas Symphony. This yarn is so pretty, it is a mohair blend that has some shiny metallic threads and is pre-beaded!! One skein will make this scarf. You can find the pattern for free at the Renaissance Yarns website.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mehndi adventure....

....and it worked!!! After an arduous day (seriously...) of having my friend glop on an unbelievable amount of thick henna/indigo mud, and then sitting with it for 2 1/2 hours on my head (yuck, heavy and oozy!) I finally washed it off. Completely surreal. As enormous torrents of green/brown goop sluiced down my body, splashed on the shower walls, and made a general horror, I was reminded of the scene from psycho. Two ( or was it three?) lathers of shampoo and two applications of conditioner later, I was done. I was literally afraid to look at my head. Would the hair be green? Black? Orange? Wow. Deep, natural-looking, only slightly auburn-colored brown. Lovely. Can't wait to see how it matures, but meanwhile, I've hit upon a (slightly messy) miracle to the hair-dye dilemma.

My great Henna adventure

It all started when I developed a lethal allergy to hair begins the novella. Actually, I've been developing a horrible allergy to hair dye for quite some time, but got around it by foiling on the color. Finally, I had such a bad reaction that my dermatologist told me "no more brown hair dye....ever. Either go gray, or go blonde". Well. Not one to give up easily, after tons of research, I've decided to try a henna/indigo mix. (Check out this all-encompassing website: My friend came over this morning, and spent nearly an hour and a half applying brown gook to my hair. Now I am wrapped in plastic, letting it, er, "cure". Stay tuned.