Last week our knitting group had a great time kettle dyeing our own yarn at Michelle's house.
I brought along some sock yarn and decided to make it a dark green (I was shooting for forest green). Mmmm - looks good!
There were two gorgeous skeins of blue. I think this was the peacock blue.
We cooked our yarn outside on camp stoves in pots that were picked up for a pittance at the local Goodwill. These pots cannot be used for food again, once they're used for dyeing! That's my green yarn in the orange pot.
Betsy's yarn (the pot on the left above) turned out a lovely orange-chestnut color.
I'm very pleased with the deep rich hue of green I obtained under Michelle's guidance. I already have a person in mind to receive handknit socks with my very own hand-dyed yarn. I don't know if this person will appreciate the extra step that goes into this gift, but I know and it feels like it's being given with even more love! How fun.
Sorry I've been so quiet lately. My knitting mojo disappeared after knitting 1,001 miniature snowmen and wreaking havoc on my body. OK - it was really only 13 snowmen, but my body could have sworn I knit an entire regiment of two-inch snowmen. So while giving my knitting muscles a rest, I was very busy with my second biggest passion - Scouting.
This weekend was our triennial ConnJam (Connecticut Jamboree) for our Connecticut Yankee Council at the Orange County fairgrounds. We had thousands and thousands attend - (I heard numbers like 3,000 overnight campers and upwards of 6,000 during the day) - and everyone was very, very busy. I was busy with my Troop and Crew - and we also hosted a carpetball station which the fathers and sons made in 2006-2007 when they were in the Cub Scout Pack. It was a huge hit! I even learned a new skill at ConnJam where I tried my luck at slacklining (I admit, I was double dog dared!). OK - I may or may not be holding the professional's hand from Gibbon Slacklines - but I did manage to balance and even bounce around on the slackline. It was quite an accomplishment and I had such fun! More news to come about this great weekend. I'll post some non-knitting posts for awhile until my knitting mojo reappears. In the meantime, go try a new skill and report back on it. If you try slacklining... let me know how it goes!
P.S. - My friend Jay just sent me THIS LINK. This guy makes me look lazy!