I've been having a wonderful time the last few weeks. I'm dyeing again, I'm knitting again, I'm playing around with designing patterns again. My stresses have mostly disappeared and it feels good.
I've spent a ton of time with Dusty this summer. Many, many adventures to new places. He's loved every second of it.
And, many new vistas for dyeing inspiration. I love the smell of milkweed in bloom. It's so sickeningly sweet to some, but I love the smell of a field of milkweed in bloom.
This yarn wasn't dyed with milkweed, but inspired by milkweed. The pink is from cochineal and the green is an acid dye. I love these colours together.
Many years ago, when I was young and foolish!, and pre-blog days, I had some friends pick some milkweed pods for me. We dried them, I removed the silk, and carded it with some merino for spinning. It needed a very tight twist, but it worked! I knit a hat with the resulting yarn and gifted it away.
I've since learned that there are many historical references to spinning milkweed, but not the silk of the pods, but rather the fiber in the stalks - the bast. One reference I have even suggests that the shroud of Jesus was spun and woven from milkweed bast. I'm saving trying this spinning experiment for when I'm old and foolish!
We're away for our annual August trip to Southern and Eastern Ontario for the next few days. The Spinrite Tent Event and some time enjoying baby brother's pool in Ottawa are definitely on the list.