Summer Vacation at the Lake


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I grew up on a lake back east; I dyed this with the bright green of the grass, the darker green of the trees, the blue green of the algae, and the blue of the water in mind.

This is a 6 oz braid of hand dyed alpaca top which was originally a silver grey color.  I dyed it in a crockpot I use specifically for soaps and dyeing.  I bought a starter kit of Greener Shades dyes recently from a friend who is a distributor; they are dyes that use no chrome or tin to brighten colors and therefore are safer to dump in sewers, and onto garden beds.  While my favorite way to dye is with food coloring – easy, bright fun colors – the darker colors tend to “break” meaning they are a mix of lighter and darker dyes, and under the heat stress of dyeing they separate into their constituent colors rather than dyeing the color you want.  Blue, purple, and black are notorious for this.

This braid is for sale in my ArtFire shop and is currently the ONLY thing I have for sale there.  This evening I hope to take more photos of my hand spun yarns to put up in the shop; this will take some time because while I tracked the yardage while I was skeining, I couldn’t put tags on them until after I washed them and so I need to recount each skein for yardage before I put them up for sale.  I really need to figure out a better way to do this.

There will be more offerings soon so visit often!

What I’ve been working on in my newly found spare time


Shetland wool, Faroese design

Hand spun Shetland wool, cream and natural brown colors.  Dyed with natural dyes, from top to bottom:  Holly hock, onion skins, annatto, chrysanthemum, henna, holly hock.  And I’m telling ya, I did not see that seafoam green coming from a holly hock dye pot that was burgundy colored!

It’s 84 inches wingspan, 25 inches deep, knitted neck down.  I used pretty much every single yard of each color which is why I chose neck down.  The lace patterns are not centered because I didn’t know how much space each section of color would take up due to the increases and increasing stitch counts every two rows.

I’m just not a very good weaver I guess — I hate sewing.  So I still have a pile of weaving to hem!  Gotta get to it today, because I have to take my stuff to the gallery by Wednesday.  Nothing like a deadline to motivate me…days like this make me wish my grandmother were still alive.  She was a professional seamstress for most of her adult life, and made much of our clothes when we were growing up, including our bathing suits (anybody remember Stretch and Sew patterns?).  She could have finished all this stuff in no time and done probably a much better job than I will do.  Certainly she would have done it with less swearing!

I have had three job offers in the past week, pending background checks and reference checks, of course.  But for the job I really want I’m still waiting on the second interview.  I will accept one, and probably two of these offers, so that I have income while I wait for my preferred job.  I hope I do get an offer from them.

That’s about it.