Time flies when you're having fun! The fall has flown by for me. It's almost Hallowe'en! Farmers' Markets are over for the season and my mind is turning to Christmas. We had a trip to Ottawa and Algonquin Park, Thanksgiving was wonderful with perfect weather, and my flower beds have been cleaned up and ready for winter.
The fall has also been a busy time for dyeing. So many plants are ready for picking. There's a reason it's called harvest time! Many, many years ago when I lived in a house that had tons of roses in the yard, I experimented with salves, oils, and potpourri. This year was a time to re-discover those.
It's been in the back of my mind because so many of the plants I use for dyeing are also used in making salves and potpourri. I've learned that there's a name for this collecting. I called it foraging or collecting, but the trendy name seems to be wildcrafted! So with plants and flowers and seeds and nuts, I've been wildcrafting to dye yarn and create lotions. Who knew???
I know we love them. They smell so good, the salves make your skin feel wonderful, and best of all, I know what's in them.