Hooking and cooking.

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.

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Beautiful blues waiting to be hooked.