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Foraging for Colour 4: Blood Oranges

Michael Cross #gumblossomyarns #blog #bloodoranges

Winter is waning and Spring is racing towards us with un-seasonably warm daytime temps and lovely cool nights. 
Daughter of Eve (fruit/veg guru) alerted me to the finger-staining abilities of blood oranges - now in season in Australia. The high citric acid in these oranges means they have a natural ability to bind to wool yarn. The colours were just amazing - check the shop to see how it dyed up. 
And the Golden Penda (not panda) flowers are really big this year. Coming from the frostier Southern countryside, these trees are everywhere in northern Australia and look as if from another era. Huge yellow-green racimes (flowers) hang like awkward Christmas baubles on the end of branches full of large paddle shaped leaves. See how golden the yarn looks!
By the way may I invite you to join the "Gum blossom yarns" Ravelry group? Some FOs with these yarns will be posted there soon!

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