I was walking from the dye barn to my house at the end of my dye day this past week. I was musing about dinner and a foot soak and it occurred to me I had absolutely no idea what day it was. I seriously did not have any idea. It turned out to be Thursday. Thank you iphone calender! I got a note from a friend the very next day that said, “hey, do you know what day it is because I do not and it’s kind of freaking me out”.
We are in uncharted waters here where we have little to no control. What little the control we have is not real pleasant and for some us seriosuly hard. And while it is important to be positive and hopeful it is also very important to be patient and kind to ourselves and others. All of this is unimaginable so it is extremely hard to process. We are all going to have all the feels and be overwhelmed and/or kind of numb. I have found myself just staring into space on occasion. I think my psyche is just trying to make some sort of sense out of it all. It has not been very successful.
What do we do? Well we need to be here for each other. We will get through this together and no other way. If your feel overwhelmed or lonely don’t be shy reach out. If you know of people who are on their own reach out to offer and ear, a shoulder or an errand.
We also do the things we know how to do that make us feel we have some sort of control. And for us that is creating wonderful goodness with yarn and fiber. Some of us are also baking lots and lots of sourdough bread which I am seriously amused by since for so long now it has been no carbs and no gluten. It’s what we find comfort in isn’t it? I love making chutneys and pickles and this weekend I started a batch of preserved lemons because it felt good to do so and I love them. So yummy!!!
I find comfort in serving my community so I am going to be here working to get you yarn and fun ways to use yarn!! It’s been a very long time since I have not only been a full time dyer but also done all of the rising and bundling and printing and tagging and packing and shipping. I have gotten my head around how to make it all work so I am pretty tickled. I will probably on ship once (maybe twice) a week in order to stream line things. If you have a deadline please do let me know.
Also please know that the dye barn is being kept super cleaned and disinfected. It is just me here and I am freakishly careful. When things come in they sit before unpacking and then what I an clean off I do. I wash my hands so much they look like prunes. Also it’s dyeing so lots of very hot water all the time. I am not letting anyone else in the barn but me. I am immune compromised with a touch of asthma so am used to being extra careful anyway. I have just upped my game!!
Okay let’s talk knitting and yarn and color!!
I sent out a email midweek about a MKAL that Tina Tse started. Unfortunately the link did not work so I am putting it here also.
It’s free which is so lovely of her and looks to be great fun.
She calls for 2 skeins of fingering-weight yarn in contrasting colors. We all have that in our stash now don’t we! Tina is a brilliant designer so if you are not familiar with her work this gives you the chance to get to know her design style.
If you need color help who you gonna call? Color Buster!! LOL
And speaking of MKAL’s our friend Larissa Brown has a Lunar Fade MKAL starting soon!!
I almost never do MKAL but am going to give this one a go since it’s all moon friendly. You’ll need four skeins of fingering weight yarn, three that progress from a light to dark, and then a fourth that is a contrast color. You’ll get more info about the yarn requirements, theme when you get the Pre-KAL Guide that you receive when you buy the pattern. First clue comes out on the 10th of this month.
Here are two of my choices so far and based on what I had hanging around.
I can’t decide which one I like the most. I think I am leaning towards #2 . I am loving the greens and am feeling like I need a little more green in my life. But then that golden color on #1 and #3 is pretty sexy too. Hmm…choices. All of these colors are very soothing to me. What would be your soothing hues?Also could take out the multicolor skein in #2 and use Heckley Speckley. Ohh… that might be it.
One of the other fun things I am doing is playing with our new SilkMO Lace. I dyed a skein in one of my favorite shaded solids Bladderwrack on the Rocks and I am madly in love with this!!
This picture does not really do it justice. My scummy color loving heart is so very happy. I think combined with that golden Honey Dijon skein above would be mind boggling!!
It’s amazing how adding in mohair lace can change a color. I took the swatch of Mad REAL that I had sitting on the needles added a strand of the SilkMO in Mica and it soften the color. YOu could actually grade a color by using different shades of SilkMO. Hmm… okay maybe when team Blue Moon is back I will play with that!!
Alright my lovelies. The 20% discount is still on! Code: supporteachother2020
If you are a seamstress and are working on face masks thank you!!
If you are one someone who is working the front lines of this pandemic THANK YOU!!!!
Take care of your dear selves!