Busy Day

I spent the better part of my afternoon putting away the clutter in my studio and doing a little excavating for a couple of things I needed. It’s much easier to get around and find what I need as well as having more room to work.

I found my large stainless steel dye pot and filled it with water to start a dye bath. By the way, knee high nylon stockings are great for holding dye stuff for the pot. I have a box of loose leaf tea and filled two stockings half full of tea leaves and tied off the tops with an overhand knot and tossed them in the dye pot.

After the dye bath simmered for several hours I took the tea leaves out and added the 8 oz skein of yarn I wanted to dye. I soaked it in hot water for fifteen minutes before adding it to the dye bath. I’ve gently stirred it a couple of times and I’ll leave it in the pot until the water cools off then soak it in clear water before putting it through the spin cycle on the washer.

I’ll put this dye pot back on the stove in the morning and bring it back up to a near boil, then pour the liquid off into half-gallon jugs and seal it with canning rings and lids to save it for another time.

It’s coming up on 11:00 pm and I need to get ready for bed. I got some knitting done in between loads of laundry this morning and I had planned on knitting and reading this evening but my eyes are tired and I’m ready to call it a day. Have a blessed Friday night, ya’ll.

All neat and tidy once again. I have room to work and I can find what I need now.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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