I still can't believe what came in the mail last week. Jealous? Well, you certainly should be. Beautiful, luscious !!hand dyed!! Blueface/BFL and Alpaca.
The 2 dreamy yellowish-tan (maize??) are 70% Exmoor Blueface/30% Bluefaced Leicester dyed with herb Robert (geranium robertianum), a common form of cranesbill found abundantly in hedgerows of Great Britain....or, in this case Wales.
The alpaca received its brown color from walnuts. (WALNUTS?!?)
I'm fascinated by the whole natural-dye process, but even more attracted to the amazing colors produced. I've played with the idea of jumping into the world of natural dyes, but honestly----do I need another hobby? Do I need more yarn? (of course I do. What silly questions!)
Another concern....once I start dyeing with these natural colors, will I reject everything else in the stash? The soft, often subtle, colors are the ones I always gravitate to...the ones that are sorely lacking in my 'stash'. (Hubby's fear is that we'll never have another home cooked meal...that the kitchen and every pot and pan will turn into a big dye pot. I CAN get somewhat compulsive with new projects.)
It's winter. I can't rush out and gather goodies and immerse myself in this new madness. So, I'm left to read about it....and plan. Not my usual modus operandi. (I'm usually 95% do and 5% plan.....makes for lots of mistakes. Keeps my 'bubble' slightly off-center. Just the way I like it.)
Freddy is 100% 'do'.
Yes. He's ripping up my book.
If the book survives until spring, maybe I'll start by planting a little corner of my garden with dye-worthy plants.
Thank you, my friend, for what will be hours of tactile enjoyment, for the possibility of a new obsession, and for the lovely eye candy that currently decorates my table.