The first thing I did since it was supposed to be a glorious (by glorious read sweltering. I know, some people are never happy) 80 degrees, was get some dying work done.
I mixed up the Kool-aid and got to it. While we're on this subject, I have never been a Kool-Aid kid myself, but the new Peach Mango stuff smelled amazing as I got it added to the roving. After I got the bowl mixed, and the pans all looped up and soaking I put them on the top of Bob's black Toyota 4-Runner to soak up the sun's rays.
As for "Sun Dying", it's been a different dying experience. The Peach Mango seems to have acted as a kettle dye, and the "painted" ones seem to have sucked up all available dye and needed minimal rinsing. Literally, this evening I only had to do two runs through cold water and there wasn't a bit of dye leakage. I even plugged the white plastic utility sink to confirm a lack of color leaching. And hey, I hate the worry of accidentally felting roving in the rinsing so I'll work with it. But the Peach Mango, I had to do several rinses though it wasn't color I was getting, but a cloudiness. It was like the fake sweeteners added to Kool-Aid were running off. The resulting fiber though, is a lovely cantaloup. I can't wait to spin it up.
But, enough on that... That's for another day.
After I got the dye a baking, I had to take pictures of the garden that has decided that spring is here for sure.
|One of Bob's Iris's is blooming! And the remaining Salvia in the foreground.|
|Lamb's Ear. I actually lost one of these and a Salvia this winter, of all hardy plants, but I'm sure the boys peeing on them constantly didn't help.|
|Clematis, the one in the backyard is already over my head.|
Now I stand here thinking I should be knitting. I have more neck gators for Bob's family for Christmas to get done. Last night before bed I did get the first three blocked.
|Blogger has decided the rest of today,s pictures will be sideways... Lovely. You get the idea though.|
And this evening with the freshly dyed and drying fiber, the last one I finished is blocking.
AS for Mother's Day, the call home went well and I'm hopeful my mom may come to visit in October. As it stands now we're looking at picking her up on our way home from the Tao;s wool and fiber festival as we swing through Carlsbad Caverns and the rest of New Mexico.
For Bob's mom I made a couple pies that Bob promised I'd do.
What's a cattle guard I here you say? Well...
|Photo from vintage whimsy blog found at http://daisiesandandelions.blogspot.com/|
This is a nice one. As you can imagine, hell on a chocolate cream pie in a hot car. It was Bob's car... Kidding, it was in the cooler with the other one so the mess was contained.
Anyway, I should get to it and move the sprinklers again before settling in with more knitting and a good audiobook.