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Tuesday Morning

Today has been such a wonderful day so far, I have been busy with my dye pots, dyeing up cochineal yarn to knit my Easter Rabbits. What a beautiful colour… so dusky pink and lilac, I love it! I have just hung the first batch up to dry. I soaked my Merino yarn in water overnight, filled my dye pot up with water this morning, added some Alum for a mordant and when the water was hot, I added the cochineal, the pot was suddenly bursting with colour! Once the water was ready, I added my yarn and let it simmer for one hour,took the pot off the heat and removed and rinsed the yarn once it was cool and hung it out to dry in the shade.

This is a wonderful book about natural dyes, it really is easy to dye with natural dyes and you will have so much fun if you decide to give it a try:)

We also managed some school work today:) Erin is busy with her Mineralogy block for grade 6 and so today we have learnt all about volcanoes. How they form, what happens when they erupt and we even did a little experiment out of the Childcraft book called Our Earth. What a fantastic resource these books are! I managed to buy some from Betterworld books they are amazing! To make our volcano, we used a shallow cardboard box, a glass jar, sand around the outside of the jar for the volcano.  Into the glass we poured 3 large spoons of baking soda, red dye, water and a glass of vinegar. The end result was wonderful and really looked like a volcano!

Jen is busy with Chemistry, Grade 8, she is learning all about ph and we have been using litmus paper to test, lemon, juice, vinegar etc… for acid or alkeline ph solutions. It has been such fun. So this afternoon she has asked if we can go down to our lake and test the water ph there as well:) I am thrilled she is so keen to do more, I really love that we have the freedom to learn in our own time in our own way!

Last night Erin lost one of her first incisor teeth, she was so excited, she put her tooth in a special tooth box and left it for the tooth fairy… we she was so surprised to see this adorable little chicken waiting for her this morning in place of her tooth:) Aren’t these little birds adorable?? I found them on Swirly Arts on Etsy. I will definately be back for more.

And here is my love, Richard… doing what he adores… mountain biking. He rode in the Valentine’s Dirt Ride last Saturday and he had the most wonderful day… Tonight, he has invited me on a belated Valentine’s date, the day after Valentines, the restaurants are much quieter and that’s how we like it… just the two of us… I am so looking forward to it, I think I’m in love…
xo

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7 Things I’m Loving….

Spinning…

Summer hail storms…

Beautiful Camel Silk, and Angora rovings from Juno Fibre Arts to feed the fibre cravings, do you get fibre cravings?

My new Mohair and Kid Mohair skeins have arrived for knitting unicorns…

This little book is such a gem for studying weather…

Fabulous book this…

These are the skeins Jen and I dyed naturally with our mulberries that have just ripened, I think we will make jam soon…

Happy Wednesday…

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Natural Dyes and a Workroom for Me

Hi eveyone, I thought I would show you how all of those natural dyes turned out. These pinks below were from the beautiful boquet of flowers my husband Richard gave me for Spring Day. The skein on the left is Organic Merino, the middle one is 2 ply Merino and the last two are organic. These last two we dyed with a sun dye and I used food colouring for the dyeing process…

These skeins we dyed naturally with coffee. I love the range of colours that developed. These yarns are all merino, just different types of spin.

These photos are of my new work room! I am so excited, I have been thinking recently that the jaccuzi room would be a wonderful room for a work room. With the stash of yarn I have accumulated, the making of knitted treasures for my shop, sewing and everything else that goes into handwork here, it really would be oh, so nice to have my own space to be creative. To have my sewing machine set up ready to use, and all my knitting and sewing goodies to have their own space and still be there a week later would be bliss…
Then last week hubby told me that someone at his work wanted a jaccuzi and that I could have my work room! Yay, (doing a happy dance!) So far the jaccuzi is out of the room and the floor has been levelled. The large sliding door has been removed and bigger windows have been fitted. I can’t wait for it to be finished, I will blog the process.
I’m thinking to myself, I have a very supportive hubby 🙂
Happy Monday everyone…
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