Various yarns dyed lately, usually 2 skeins of each color. The red one is really than this picture shows. It’s a combination of magenta and scarlet. Doing darks today, hope for overdyeing ikat tomorrow, then orchid and lime on Thursday.
The only positive thing about the weather here lately is that I can catch rainwater. We have had rain almost daily and no sunshine for at least two weeks. It’s getting old, even though I love rain! Under the pecan tree is a veritable forest of toadstools. In the back, there is a tower of some sort of fungus growing up from the ground around a small tree trunk. The first thing I think of when looking at these growths: Is it good for dyeing?
But—the weather has been good for my dyeing. I have planned out my next few projects and possible projects, then made a day-by-day plan for dyeing the yarns. I have been using the same water over and over, filling as needed with rainwater from the buckets under the drips. The only bad part of this method is carrying 5 gallon buckets of water to the dyepots and lifting them. I can never remember how much a gallon of water weighs, but it’s heavy to lift and pour w/o getting it all over you in the chilly air! (It’s much chillier than usual for this time of year—my heat is coming on) By using the water over, I am reducing the amount of citric acid in the dye water each time. The dyes have been exhausting well, leaving water free of color at the end.
Saturday I did something really, really dumb. While helping my mother with a garage sale, I opened a door (crowded by stuff) right into my face. I broke my glasses and now have to buy a new pair, as the lenses don’t fit anything current that I like. I really like these glasses and so far haven’t found anything else that I like. It’s a blow to vanity and the checkbook! But Gorilla glue is working well in the meantime.
Since the dyeing on takes checking every 1/2 hour or so, I am tying ikat and listening to audio books. Finally learned how to get back to the right place on the iPod. But today I am determined to do some vacuuming, dusting, and bathrooms. One of my least favorite things to do.