Sometimes when it feels like you’re so far behind you’ll never catch up, all you can do is start where you are and redefine success as any forward progress whatsoever.
Fortunately, this time of year there’s plenty of natural dye material to gather, at least when it’s not raining.
The dock tops dyebath I prepared looks promising on wool yarn.
I used some of the dock dyebath to simmer bundles I made before leaving for a family reunion. This would be the family reunion that started with cousins driving through torrential rains and ended with our nephew taking his daughter to the emergency room after she fell while climbing a tree and us on our way to an emergency vet clinic. In the end, everyone survived but we’re pretty sure none of us will forget this reunion!
Before leaving for the reunion, I wrapped briefly soaked dry willow bark and white pine bark in raw silk dampened in 50/50 water/vinegar, throwing a few dried Siberian iris leaves in one bundle. The bundles were tucked into a plastic bag while we were gone. When we got home, I simmered them with a rusty bottle cap in dock bath left over from dyeing the yarn..
The dock yarn and some recent scarves are now in a rinse soak. I’m about to head out to the studio now to unwrap those bark bundles. The puppy who met the emergency vet clinic staff (she developed a scary abscess while we were away) is coming with me for a little change of scenery. Not that she can see much with the conehead on.
We’ll be taking things slow this week, and hoping for a boring Labor Day Weekend.