A Perfect Day for Dyeing
YARN!! That is!
Knitting gal Becky has been talking about our group getting together to dye yarn for some time. She and Sandy were the first to venture into some Kool-Aid dyeing and then back in June Pam, Becky and Liz took a class at Holly Spring Homespun. The rest of us had NO EXPERIENCE at all.
Well today was the day. Our resident dyeing expert Becky had everything all neatly arranged at her lovely log home.
She and Sandy had already mixed the dyes and labeled each jar. Beth P. is eyeing some of the goodies we had brought to fortify ourselves for the event.Becky is in the backgound studying the color chart.
Please note how nicely everything is organized.
I think this is when we were listening to Becky explain the procedure for dyeing. Pam and Liz are paying close attention. I was a "step at a time " kinda gal.
Here we are mixing up our custom, one of a kind colors . Sandy in the white tee-shirt assisted many of us in working with the colors.Thanks BUNCHES for my green! Without Sandy it was very dark and muddy looking.Pam looks like she is sweetening tea..lots of tea.
This is a picture of Liz and Beth spreading out their yarn. That is Pam's yarn in the foreground. Isn't it beautiful?
It was at this point that my camera battery died and left me unable to document the day further. So you miss us "Saran wrapping" it and steaming the yarn in the crabpot out on the back deck and then the final rinsing. I have a new appreciation for hand dyed yarn. I now understand just how much work is involved..alot!
We did take a group picture holding our yarn as well as a picture of all the completed yarn. So just as soon as Liz gets me a copy I will post it. They all turned out so well and it was so much fun.
It just doesn't get much better than this. I am so happy to have such a special, wonderful group of friends. We will be coming up on our 1st year anniversary in January and yet I now feel like we have been friends forever. Thanks Becky for hosting such a wonderful dyeing experience. Thanks Sandy for all you did to help Becky get ready for us and for your expert color advice. AND special thanks to Becky's dh Gordon for the best BRISKET ever!!! and thanks to all the knitting gals for the wonderful food...the derby dip, the macaroni and cheese, lasagne and salad, the sweet potatoes, and the belated birthday cake ( for Becky), chocolate pie, lemom tart and my foodness( decided to leave the typo in) did I leave anything out?!?! It was just a wonderful day with good friends, good food and fiber. ( My friend Lawre calls that the 3 F's)
Hopefully more pictures to come! Still knitting for Christmas but oh so slowly....