A dye date with a friend and fruitcake.

No, my friend is not a “fruitcake”!   I spent yesterday with my friend Debra, who also likes fruitcake. (A rare soul mate, indeed!)  We gathered in my kitchen with our dye supplies and two wool colors on our agenda.  I needed to dye two shades of yellow gold and Debra needed some dark spot-dyed purple. 

We had two enamel pots cooking on the stovetop and two casseroles going in the oven.  I dyed some yarn in a mason jar in the microwave, too.  We were cooking!  Yellow dye takes longer to go into the wool than the other colors, so while we were patiently waiting, we enjoyed some tea and some fruitcake.  Fruitcake enhanced with a bit of dark rum.  Yum!

I now have all the wool needed to finish hooking my “mystery rug”.  Once all the hooking is finished, I will add some design elements with embroidery.  That’s why I need the dyed yarn.  I can’t wait to show you the rug, but it will not be for a while.  Maybe quite a while.  My next project will be the same thing.  Mystery rug #2.  I am a very focused rug hooker, so I like to work on one rug at a time.  The next one is forming in my mind, but that’s all. 

Now that this dye session is complete, I can decorate my kitchen island counter top with my homemade Christmas houses and little trees.  I grumble each year about getting it all out of storage and then putting it all away, but it does look nice.  I’ll share a picture of it next time.

There’s a lot of beauty out there, and in the kitchen with a good friend.

A gathering of Wooly Mason Jar dyes and other necessities.

A gathering of Wooly Mason Jar dyes and other necessities.

A bit of fortified fruitcake to fortify us.

A bit of fortified fruitcake to fortify us.

Yellow golds for the mystery rug.

Yellow golds for the mystery rug.