Today is the wonderful day I've reached 100 followers and you know what that means don't you? Yes a draw for 1 yd of wool, a big beauty called Summer. You can cut it up, you can hang it on the wall and baby that ain't all, you can wear it too!
Using a random number generator # 49 came up. Counting backwards from 100 the follower who won is thebigblackcat. If I don't hear from her in two days ( I sent her a private message as well) I'll be doing another drawing.
I've spent much of the last week in bed or on the couch. I pretty much looked like that lady. I was prone for such a wearisome length of time my hair grew that long too.
I had/have a dread and wickedly ( Allyson had it too and that's the way she described it) debilitating flu. I'm just now coming out of it. All I can say is holy cow, wash your hands and sneeze into your sleeve please.
During this time I had a deadline for my dyeing column. Part of the week it was about 30˚C with a humidex of 40. That's really hot, you can see how I conquered that problem is the post before this.
I don't know about you but I don't like dyeing in the heat.
Not one bit.
You would think I would smarten right up and knowing my deadlines years in advance I would do all the dyeing for these columns in the winter. Yes, the winter when moisture and heat is more than welcome here, an invited guest even.
But I don't.
A failing, I believe.
The dyeing is only a small part of this article preparation.
There is the recording and writing and proofing and correcting.
Look at my notes! This week I don't understand them!
Then there are the multitudinous attempts at accurately coloured photography to show you the truest colours I can muster. This step is so full of agony for me I cannot tell you. Warm colours I hate you! I finally scanned them. It comes down to not having sensitive enough sensors. These are available at about $4,000. I'll be waiting awhile for that little camera set up. Then I try to take a title photo, one show casing recipes in this case. Here are some of the rejects:
Moon over Butter Inkshuk
Gold Henge ( Man can sort light and dark)
Stacks of Bullion
I fell down
The rabbit protects his gold.
It all kinda fun though, ya know?
I'm still at 98 followers? I got wool burning a hole in my pocket, don't you want to win it?
When at home I don't dye outside. But with a deadline looming and a humidex of bleventy bleven I decided to take matters outside. Due to the lack of dedicated outlets I had to have only one pot on (actively heating) at a time. So I let it rip to roiling boil ( no harm came to the wool) and then turned it down, that combined with the hokey pokey and some intuition I finally solved the problem of getting yellows to take up while in a dye bath. You can read about it come this November. I made 1 dz. easy, delicious yellows for you.