Friday, August 01, 2008
In the never ending quest for a roving in my favorite color, I headed to the Wilton's food coloring in the cabinet and picked out the color Red Red. I don't know about the roving yet as it's still on the burner, but fingers color nicely. I know I'll be the envy of all when they see the luscious red that my fingers have now become.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Besides getting free food for the winter that she throws my way, another off shoot of the project is pulp that I can render for making dye. She made jam from some blue berries and I got the pulp.
I started the rendering last night:
Just dumped the berry pulp in the pot and added some water to it. I boiled it for about 20 minutes and then strained it off into a glass bowl. I would have used plastic ones, but I really didn't want the bowls turning blue, ya know?
I'm going to freeze it until I have time to experiment with it. Neat huh?
While we're on the subject of canning and growing garden-y things, check this Lima bean (in the South we call it a Butter Bean) plant out. This plant, when it came home from school in May, had only two leaves. Now does it not only have more leaves, it has a bloom! My Mom thinks it'll only be a false pregnancy, but who knows? We might have a miraculous Butter Bean conception!
Now on to things yarny:
Progress is sloooooowwwllllyyy being made on the Baltic Sea Stole. See?
If I pick up another project that has a deadline, would someone please shoot me? At this point, the bride will be having her 50th wedding anniversary before this is complete.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I spent the whole weekend being a big bully by making him get on the bike that he was so scared of falling off of in order to teach him how to ride the stupid thing. We celebrated his learning by taking a trip to the store and buying him the Transformer I promised if he learned how to do it by yesterday evening. This is a child that learns better if he has a goal to shoot for and the Transformer was it.
In the box was a grab bag and some black/white roving. I plan on dyeing up most of it, but not this:
This is the most fantastic oatmeal colored roving that I've seen. It was part of the grab bag. I'm keeping it "as is." There's 14.4 ounces of it. Hopefully I'll have enough when I'm done to make a small sweater out of it, at least a tank top. Love it.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Roxie, the 10 month old puppy, had a milestone today. She had her first appointment at the beauty shop. It was kind of a shock. She went in looking like a ratty little puppy and came out looking like a mature Chinese Crested dog is supposed to. The fur on her face had silvered underneath the moppy stuff that we were used to looking at.
Roxie feels glamorous now
I'm up at the lake until late tomorrow night and my camera batteries have gone caput. So if I miss tomorrow, you'll know that I'm traveling back home and have nothing to show you anyway, huh?
I did get a pic of a boy who wants to go fishing though: