Monday, January 30, 2012

Kool-aide and Dyeing

I'm still dying wool. This time I dyed it with Kool-aid. It dyed super fast, the water was clear within 20 minutes, and no dye squeezed out. Super impressed!

Grape in the crockpot-marbled effect.

lime green

cherry red

We had some snow. With it, we had a casualty-our mailbox: Gotta love snowplows.

Ice on the windshield

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I'm Dyeing

Fiber, that is :) This is my first attempt at it and I've used commercial dyes. I hope sometime soon to commence using natural dyes, but I'm not there yet. Here's my first attempts:

Blue mohair and wool.The first two were dyed in a pot on the stove with alum as a mordant. The last did not have alum but had salt and was dyed in a crockpot.

Grey wool

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Family Get-together

We met, last night, at my aunt's house to meet my 98 year old great aunt, the last surviving of her family and youngest of 13 kids. Last time I had seen her, I was just a kids and I don't even remember.
She is a veritable fountain of family knowledge. I look forward to visiting her again and getting to know some of my family history and writing it down.

Some of the cousins haven't seen each other since we were babies. It was nice seeing everyone.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Morning Walk

The path.
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Sliding on the ice!
Trying to take a self portrait :)
watch the ice carefully as he jumps....
seriously hollow ice-cave in!
feathered ice

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year

our gingerbread houses 2011
Happy New Year!

My wonderful husband bought me a new spinning wheel with accessories for Christmas. It works like a dream. Beware all sheep and alpacas! I'm coming after you with my shears! :)

We visited family and played lots of board games and ate many delicious meals. God granted us a nice rest.

Family Christmas Supper
Christmas Eve Dessert!!

Vest for Grampy

New toys!
The old barn on the homestead.
My 3 getting ready to slide with new sleds.
hubby and son enjoying the winter snow