Episode 4 – The flax of my tears

In this episode I continue my study of plant fibres with flax. I find out what it’s like to spin and dye.

In the eco segment: Are we really living better with chemistry? My continuing saga of dechemicalizing my life and the interesting effect it’s had on my sense of smell.

And in the vegan segment I look into the lives of dairy cows: Is there such a thing as cruelty-free milk?

Show links

Ravelry Garden Spinning group’s Flax SpinAlong

Great article about spinning flax in the Spring 2008 issue of Knitty

Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health 

Michael Moore’s herbal formulas, including a couple for tooth powder

Herb Mentor – brilliant site, mostly paid, but worth every penny. They have lots of recipes for personal care and cleaning products, especially via the Village Herbalist

Mercy for Animals –  Watch the videos in the Investigations section. If you can.

Vegetarian Food for Thought – by Colleen Patrick Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks – download through iTunes

LInda Runyon’s site about wild foods: Of the Field

Deconstructing Dinner: Deceivable Dairy 1

Deconstructing Dinner: Deceivable Dairy 2

Flax fibre and handspun

Flax handspun singles

Flax handspun 2-ply

Avocado dye after simmering for 1 hour and letting it sit overnight

Flax after 9 days soaking in avocado dye

Logwood after 1 hour simmering and letting sit overnight

Flax yarn after logwood dye

One-Skein Tapestry Scarf made from allhemp6LUX in the Aioli colourway. It's 10cm wide by 128 cm long.