With Thanksgiving not quite two weeks away, I’m feeling the pressure. My Thanksgiving is not just one day of food and family. It is four days! I do love it when it finally gets here, but in the meantime I feel the pressure to prepare for it while still working on my latest project. I’ve got deadlines to meet!
Today I cooked a family favorite dish to freeze in advance, while at the same time I dyed wool. Happily both came out great. I was actually re-dyeing wool, which I dyed a few days ago. I used two blue formulas for a very dark blue and a brighter softer blue. For some reason the dye didn’t penetrate the wool, which would leave a white core. Not good. There could be a number of reasons for this, but I think it happened, because after I added the dye to the pots, I added citric acid and then the wool. This made the wool take up the dye quickly, which has worked for me in the past, but I was using a different wool this time, which is denser than my usual white wool. The dye ended up on the surface of the wool.
Today I put all of the wool, both dark and light, into the lighter dye recipe and let it work its magic before adding the citric acid. I am delighted with how it turned out and happy that I over-dyed both shades of blue wool together. They will look great when I hook them into the top area of my project. This is so difficult to explain when I can’t show you what I’m working on! Big secret.
I have more dyeing to do for this project, but I think I’ll hold off until after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, I’ll hook and cook and look forward to the family gathering here at Crow’s Foot Farm.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and I’m looking forward to sharing it with my family.
Beautiful blues waiting to be hooked.