We (being Nikol and I) finished all the dyeing for Phase II of our Source Book project.
Over a two weekend period we dyed 395 colors! That makes me tired just typing it! There’s more info to come on this project . . .
In between dyeing, heating and cooling, we would take breaks and visit Ronnette Wigglesworth (aka Ronnie Wiggles) and Hokey Pokey, the new little lambs.
Last week, Ronnie was just tiny and this week she had grown so much.
Hokey Pokey would let Nikol hold him on his back as she rubbed his chest.
Fudgy still hasn’t had her lambs yet, but she just looked like she could pop!
The shetlands crack me up — I swear that they’re a cross between a dog and a goat (and not sheep at all)!
Uncle Honeybunch wanted me to scratch his head and neck constantly — he would stretch out his neck and close his eyes to wee slits in pleasure. All the sheep were sheared this past week and it was very funny to see them all “nekked”. Nikol is ordering jackets for all of them, so their fleeces should be wonderful next year.
On the drive home, much of the prairies were being burned off.
This made to news in Kansas City, because much of the smoke had drifted east and was affecting the air quality in many areas.
The farmers have burned their fields for years to rid them of weeds and to put nitrogen back in the soil. It really is quite a sight. What always amazes me, is that within a couple of days of the burn, new grass begins peeking through the black and then very quickly and fresh green pasture reappears.
I went out to Harveyville this weekend so Nikol and I could start Phase II of our Acid Dye Source Book project. We were really productive, planning and laying out the project and doing some initial dyeing.
We also worked on another fun project — a banner and t-shirt for the Harveyville Spinsters Club.
The Spinsters have decided to have a booth at the Topeka Farmers Market this summer to sell our wares, so I’ve designed a logo for us that I made into a banner to go on our booth and to put on t-shirts for us. Nikol is the queen of resources and she had a blank banner from Dick Blick’s and an overhead projector that came with the school, so we were able to project the original image onto the banner and I could then trace it and paint it.
I love that Freddie kept me company the entire weekend. Boots is just as sweet, but Freddie has my heart. As we sat in the office and worked, Freddie would jump up in my lap and make himself comfortable, all the while purring like a maniac. How can you not fall in love with a cat that gives you such a look of complete contentment and happiness?!
I also love this light fixture in the lobby of the school. Sometimes I forget to look up and see it, so when I finally look up, I’m pleasantly surprise all over again.
The chickens, where to start?
They always make me smile . . . their jerky, quirky walk, their funny and calming clucking and their wonderful shapes and all so pleasing to me.
Their eggs are beautiful, from a lovely light, blue-green, to terra cotta, and then all speckled. Nikol sent a dozen home with me — I’m so LUCKY!
Nikol was contacted by Kim Cameron from KnitPicks last week about the possibility of KnitPicks picking up our “Acid Dye Quik Reference” for their catalog!! I did a bit of a happy dance (okay, I’m still doing the happy dance). It’s all still in talks, but this is exciting! So, we’ll see what happens with this next . . .
p.s. Nikol added bio information about us on the site! Yeah, Nikol!