when life gets crusty.....i tend to crawl under a big rock-hence the lack of posts. but eventually i come around and realize -i enjoy blogging. it brings me pleasure-and i need to crawl out from under that big rock and keep on living-push thru the crusty, swampy and enjoy life again. make some lemonade..... right?
so i avoid the crusty and tell you the good stuff.....my life is far from perfect.
i've been spinning for our county fair. i never seem to get it all done-like the handspun baby sweater or the art skein i signed up for. oh well. i hear many folks say they don't want to enter stuff in the fair as they can't compete with all our talented guild members. i laugh- who cares? to me, it's not about competition or the ribbons-it's about supporting the fair which i love so much-if no one enters things, there will be nothing to look at. it would be a very boring fair indeed. my family loves looking at all the entries. i can't post any pictures-cause i know all the judges are reading my blog-ha!
i started some solar natural dyeing- i began with some old wolf bane lichen i gathered years ago in the high sierras. i only gather the lichen that has blown from the trees as i know it is very slow growing and very beneficial to the environment(as with all native species.) wolf bane has a high content of alum so it needs no mordant. in the past-i simmered the wool with the lichen and got an intense chartreuse. attempting to use the power of the sun-instead of heat up my already broiling kitchen. i put the lichen in canning jars and let the sun extract the color ooze.
the color was a lot softer-not so intense. i let in sit for maybe 3 days. it wasn't getting any darker so i strained it and added my handspun yarn i had soaking in water. the dye was a light chartreuse. i should have taken a pic right away but i waited till i got home from town and the dye was already exhausting.it's going to be pretty pale-but it's my first solar "natural" dye project. i also have some marigolds steeping in the sun-not much to look at now:i've resumed my mr. green jeans sweater-and i'm starting the cables-yahoo! family is summoning-gotta run!