Everything is beginning to bloom, and I am collecting my black hollyhock blossoms as they fall to the ground one by one. I have never dyed yarn with them before, and they are supposed to produce a lovely blue on wool. I’m excited to experiment with them. A friend of mine gave me a flat of dyer’s coreopsis, so I am saving those blossoms until I have enough for a dye bath.
Seth saw a little spotted fawn near our house a few days ago. He came straight to tell me, so I could hopefully catch a glimpse of it too, but I was in the midst of making soap. Not a task that can be abandoned for even a few seconds. By the time I was able to get away, the fawn was nowhere to be seen. And as it should be. I’m sure there will be others. We are talking about a trip to Big Meadows in the coming weeks. It’s been too long since we’ve visited, and there are sure to be spotted fawns there. Jonny has a sawmill job nearby, so we are hoping to combine the two. Always multi-tasking, and glad for the opportunity to combine a bit of work with a day trip.
While I didn’t get to see Seth’s fawn, we did accidentally come across a flying squirrel in the woods when Seth rapped on a hollow tree and it popped it’s little black-eyed head out! It’s the cutest thing- I love it! I posted a photo of it on Instagram, and more than one person commented about having trouble with them getting in their attic, and another mentioned getting up in the night to nurse her baby only to discover a flying squirrel in her bedroom! My only interaction with them has been in the woods around us. The last time we spotted one was back in 2012! That was the first time I had ever seen one.
I was able to photograph all of my yarn today, so I will update my shop this week on Thursday, June 7th, at 11 a.m. ET. I’m really pleased with my recent dyeing projects. I’ve been working for months to create skeins similar to all the speckled and multi-colored yarns that are popular right now-though with natural dyes. It is a more complicated process than doing something similar with acid dyes, but for me the challenge was well worth the results. I love that I am always learning something new, and am always a little unsure of what my results will be. I started my experiments on a small scale, so I will have several sets of mini skeins available, along with a limited number of speckled and multicolored 4 oz skeins in varying weights. For those of you who prefer more subtle variations in color, I have plenty of my semi-solid naturally dyed wool yarn ready for the update as well. My other big news is that all of my fingering and sport weight yarn is now available in 4 oz skeins, rather than the pairs of 2 oz skeins I typically list. It occurred to me to ask the mill if they could wind the larger skeins for me, and they did. I should have asked ages ago! I’ll put a shop preview post up on Thursday, so check back if you are interested! I’ll try to post some pictures in my Instagram stories in the coming days as well.
p.s. June Yarn Along is this Wednesday!
p.p.s Silas made me a flower pot helmet as well, though I didn’t get a cardboard backpack.