Well, we have had torrential rains for over a week-around ten days. This has been the strangest June! It seems I say that about every month. We started out with the usual HOT days and drying out from May rains. Then it started all over again. Rain, rain, rain, rain. The ground is soggy. My neighbors are all out mowing. I am waiting until cooler this evening and give the ground more time to dry.
With the sunshine comes HEAT and HUMIDITY! Of course, we expect the humidity to be there because of all the moisture around.
I just now threw some fleece and a bit of handspun yarn into the indigo bath. I tried something new that I haven't used. I saw a picture of a dye workshop on Navajo land and I wanted to know more about the pink that they got. I found a picture of them pouring something into the pot. I managed to separate the picture and saw that it was prickly pear puree. I've never used that, and thought how fun that would be. Well, to get prickly pear puree costs a fortune. I did find some place on EBay that sold it cheaper than anyone else.
While I was waiting for it, I read through my booklet on Navajo dyes. I read it through several times. The most important thing - I thought- was that it has to ferment in the pot for at least two weeks. It did say you cannot heat it like other dyes or you get tan. You also cannot use a metal pan because that creates a tan also. I wanted pink, and I guess letting it ferment wouldn't kill me.
Well, happy day when the stuff arrived. I soaked my fleece and my bit of handspun. I put it in the container, and I joyfully opened the container and poured it all over the stuff in the pan. It was a yucky tannish icky looking stuff. I was not happy. I was expecting it to be pink like in the picture.
Well, I let it ferment for a week, and I wasn't going to like this. It was a pale, pale, yellowy tan color. So today it is in the indigo bath hoping to salvage this mess.
It took me a little while to analyze my problem. The cheaper stuff I bought on EBay was supposedly a health drink. (I wouldn't drink that stuff, even if I held my nose tight) To make a health drink I suppose they would have to pasteurize it. DUH! It had been heated. Heating makes it tan. Boo-hoo!
So now I am going to make it into something else. We will see.
Patty has now been diagnosed with seizures. She did this weird little thing last Monday. Her back legs collapsed and her front legs splayed out. She looked confused and scared. She would try to get up and when she could wobble up on her legs it was scary looking. The vet worked her in and we got the diagnosis of seizures. I thought since last October that she was having little TIA's that were leading up to the BIG ONE. And Monday I thought she was having the BIG ONE. By the time we got seen in the office, she was over her little episode. Of course.
The roadrunner has been over at my neighbor's house mostly. He or she goes from door to door to window and looks in to see them. He or she still comes over here and jumps up on the railing of the screened porch. I get the eye stare and the head turns as I talk to him. It is too cute. I never knew them to be such social folks.
I have been trying every day to do something with my art work. I get discouraged and chastise myself badly. I know intellectually that it takes practice and I know that I am not going to paint the masterpiece of the year. But I get mad at myself for not being able to do things again. So now I have this thing to do a little bit every day. Just a while-about an hour. I seem to be enjoying the piddling part of it.
Last night I got tired of the Sanquhar scarf. I petted it, and I smoothed it out. I announced, "This may become a pillow instead of a scarf." I don't want to give up, but I am so over knitting this thing. I did start a pretty simple shawl with some of my handspun. I love how the colors are coming out with that. I know that this is the time of year that I don't knit a lot. I am not going to give up just yet.
I finished another skein of purple. I think I can now say I will have enough for a sweater when I finish up what I have. I have that to look forward to this next winter. Yay!
Well, I am going to don my gloves and go squeeze the fleece and skein and hopefully will have a much prettier color than what went into the bucket of indigo. Fingers crossed.
Happy Weekend for everyone!