I had the time of my life dying yarn and roving today with a group of fellow travellers at Linda's shop Raveloe. A good time was had by all.
So... we had pots and pots of colors from which to choose. Dahlia, black-eyed Susan, logwood, black walnut, osage orange, madder, onion skin were simmering away. The star of the show, as far as I'm concerned, was indigo - both fermented and fresh. We were all really pleased with the beautiful, strong colors. The event was held outside because some of the natural dyes can be pretty smelly. Indigo has a strong smell because it needs a fair amount of chemicals in it to work. Back in the old days before the chemicals, fermented urine (preferably produced by pre-pubescent boys) was used. That's when indigo was really smelly. The black walnut was also pretty rank having fermented for a year. We had a pretty good start on the project when... the sky opened up. A lot of the fiber had been taken out of the pots and was hanging on racks. Well, they had a very good rinse because it poured.
I am really happy with the eight skeins of yarn and two lengths of roving I came home with. I kind of lost track of which is which, so I'll have to bring them back to the shop and have the experts identify them for me.
Here's another project I've been working on this summer:
Don't judge me.